Summary: But remember: Lose your Internet connection, and a Chromebook can't do much. The Acer C7 is Wi-Fi only. There's no 3G version, like Samsung offers. For a traditional laptop that can run Windows, expect to spend more. Try the big-screen Dell Inspiron 17 laptop (Est. $450 and up) or the sleek Toshiba Satellite U845T-S4168 Ultrabook (Est. $800) .
Pros: Price, Suitable for light web browsing, 100 GB of free Google Drive cloud storage, Faster than other Chromebooks
Cons: Can't handle heavy tasks, Can't do much without an Internet connection
Summary: The Acer C7 Chromebook has a 320GB hard drive, which is hundreds more than other Chromebooks have. This, on top of the 100GB of free cloud storage, will give you a sufficient amount of space to store your files. There are plenty of places to connect your mouse, keyboard or printer, but it will all have to be through the USB ports since there is no Bluetooth in this computer.
Pros: There are more ports on this device than other Chromebooks. You will also get vastly more storage with the 320GB hard drive and 100GB of cloud storage.
Cons: The battery life is low and the startup time is slow. The design is more bland and thicker than what you would expect with Chromebooks.
Conclusion: Though it still has a couple of faults, the new version of the Acer C7 Chromebook is faster, longer lasting, and better all around. All this and its very low price tag makes it the best inexpensive Chromebook on the market.
Pros: More RAM for better, zippier performance. Swappable 6-cell battery lasts longer on the road. Very affordable. Big 320GB hard drive for a Chromebook. Full selection of ports, including Ethernet and VGA. Keyboard blends traditional and Chrome layouts.
Cons: Unchanged design is still clunky. Chrome OS is limited. No 3G option.
Conclusion: If the point of Chrome OS is for you to live in the browser, then the clear choice for testing battery life is our updated Web Browsing battery life test. Here we find that the advertised figure of 4 hours is almost spot on. While it’s nice to see some accuracy in these battery life claims, that’s no salve for the fact that this isn’t a road warrior.
Conclusion: Now we have ourselves that $200 question. Is the C7 for you and I, the tech-crazed, spec-obsessed power user? No, it isn’t. If it was it would fill a role that I don’t think exists, that of a “living room laptop.” The term has caught fire in tech circles lately, but the living room laptop is no longer real. It was usurped by the iPad, or now, the impressively cheap alternatives like the Nexus 7, Kindle Fire and Apple’s own mini variant of the iPad.
Conclusion: The Acer C7 Chromebook (C710-2847) isn't the slickest laptop out there, but it runs Chrome OS, has a roomy hard drive and a full selection of ports, and sells for a song. We'll overlook a lot for its $200 price tag.
Pros: Dirt cheap at $199. Relatively enormous 320GB hard drive. Full selection of ports, including Ethernet and VGA. Swappable battery. Keyboard blends traditional and Chrome layouts.
Cons: Clunky design. Short battery life. Chrome OS is limited. No 3G option
Excerpt: Besides Samsung, Acer is the only other company to release a Chromebook – though there’s speculation of Google releasing its own Chromebook . Acer didn’t bring much attention to itself with its first Chromebook, which simply wasn’t as good as Samsung’s, leaving it to languish. It appeared the end was near for Acer’s Chromebook line.
Pros: Good keyboard and touchpad, Attractive display, Snappy performance, Amazing value
Cons: Quiet, lackluster speakers, Poor battery life
Summary: The Acer C7 Chromebook has an extremely tempting price, but it's not the best Google-powered laptop out there. This machine does have some advantages over the latest Samsung Chromebook, including a roomier hard drive (320GB versus just 16GB), more and easier-to-access ports, and a slightly faster CPU. However, we would much rather own the Samsung Series 3 Chromebook. Not only does that system last more than 3 hours longer on a charge, it sports a much sleeker design.
Pros: Low price, Good port selection, 320GB hard drive plus 100GB of cloud storage
Cons: Very short battery life, Bland and relatively thick design