£199 Acer C7 Chromebook on sale now in the UK

Acer has a new Chrome OS-based device on the shelves in the UK, priced at just £199. But can it go up against its better-specced but slightly more expensive rival in the form of the Samsung Series 3 Chromebook?

Acer has released its latest Chromebook device that uses the cloud-based Google Chrome OS the UK, priced at just £199.

The laptop includes an 11.6-inch 1366x768 pixel HD display, 2GB RAM, a 320GB hard disk drive for storage and an Intel Core processor, according to Sundar Pichai, senior vice president of Chrome and Apps at Google.

"The new Acer C7 Chromebook delivers a hassle-free computing experience with speed, built-in security and the simplicity of automatic updates. It features a full-size keyboard, fully clickable trackpad, an extra bright 11.6-inch display and over 3.5 hours of battery life," Pichai wrote in a blog post on Monday. "Powered by an Intel Core processor, the Acer Chromebook is fast—boots up in 18 seconds, resumes instantly and high-definition videos play smoothly."

However, while Pichai said the device would ship with an Intel Core processor, Amazon's listing of the product shows the included processor as a 1.1GHz Intel Celeron.

In addition to the internal storage, buyers also get 100GB of Google Drive storage, free for two years. After this, Drive costs around $5 (£3.15) per month for 100GB of space. Other key hardware specs include 3 USB ports, a full-size HDMI and VGA port and an Ethernet socket. It is available to buy in the UK from Amazon or directly from the Google Play store.

The device is at the budget end of the laptop spectrum, for good reason, as it provides Google's cloud-based OS and services, but no traditional desktop experience, as you would find on a standard laptop. It does, however, allow for offline storage of photos, music and video files. Apps are downloaded from the Chrome web app store.

The C7 goes up against another recently released Chromebook in the form of the Samsung Series 3, priced at £229.

Unlike the Acer, Samsung's offering comes with a dual-core ARM-based Exynos 5 Dual processor, flash storage (limited to 16GB) and 2GB of RAM. It also comes with the same two-years of free Google Drive storage up to 100GB as the Acer C7. Samsung also claims it has a 6.5-hour battery life, besting the claimed 3.5 hours of the Acer.