Chromebooks are laptops running Chrome OS that are good fits for many situations. The light OS doesn't require heavy hardware, and that makes them cheaper than many laptops. Those on a tight budget can find a couple of good Chromebooks from Acer for just $199.
Acer jumped into making Chromebooks early on, and is selling a lot of them. This is due to building solid units at a reasonable price. The Acer C720 and Chromebook 11 are similar laptops, each with a display of 11.6 inches (1366 x 768) and an Intel Celeron processor. The primary difference is in weight, with the Chromebook 11 lighter than the C720 (2.43 vs. 2.76 pounds).
Both Chromebooks have 2GB of system memory and 16GB of internal storage. Each features two USB ports, 1 USB 2.0 and another USB 3.0. There is a full HDMI port for connecting to TVs or external monitors. With a SD memory card slot, internal storage can be augmented for those who need more. That may not be necessary as Google gives 100GB of cloud storage with the purchase of any Chromebook. Chrome OS integrates Google Cloud storage in Chrome OS, so many should find this sufficient.
See related: ZDNet review of the Acer Chromebook C720
I own the Acer Chromebook C720 and it has served me well for over a year. The Haswell Celeron processor is sufficient for running Chrome OS, and the hardware package should be more than enough for many users.
The $199 price of the Acer Chromebook 11 and C720 is not a promotional price, it is the regular price. Retailers regularly run promotions for these Chromebooks and they can be found as low as $149 at times.
Chromebooks are available with display sizes up to 15 inches and with more powerful hardware for those willing to pay more. These units range in price from $250 to $400 so there is a wide range of Chromebook solutions.
Those looking at Chromebooks and willing to pay more than $199 may find this gallery of the top Chromebook at each available display size useful.
Four top Chromebooks by screen size:
- 11.6 inch: Acer C720 with Core i3 (Slide 2)
- 13.3 inch: Acer Chromebook 13 with Nvidia Tegra K1 (Slide 3)
- 14 inch: HP Chromebook 14 (Slide 4)
- 15 inch: Acer Chromebook 15 (Slide 5)