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.
Excerpt: A $200 laptop is a difficult thing to assess. On one hand, the Acer C7 Chromebook has that shockingly low price tag, on the other, there is weak build quality and a netbook-grade processor. The trade-offs the buyer must be willing to make are not trivial.
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: Google is dedicated to bringing its Chrome operating system -- and the best of the Web -- to all, and the Acer C7 Chromebook hits the lowest price yet. Beating the recently released Samsung Series 3 Chromebook by a full $50, this laptop costs just $199.
Summary: A year ago it was tough to recommend buying a Chromebook. With prices starting at $450, it was hard to explain why you’d buy a laptop that only runs a web browser when you could spend the same amount or less on a notebook with a more versatile operating system… and which could also run Chrome as an...
Conclusion: That improvement, coupled with falling prices, means that Chromebooks are becoming more viable every day—and the $199 Acer is viable with a capital "V." Does the platform still have limitations? Absolutely. Is it a knockout blow to tablets? Absolutely not.
Pros: Shockingly low price, Plenty of ports, 100GB of free Google Drive cloud storage for two years, Competent screen and keyboard
Cons: Netbooky design, Disappointing battery life, USB 2.0, not 3.0
Excerpt: Chromebook is an option to a standard Android Tablet. It works in much the same way and the biggest problem it had at first launch of not being able to work offline is now overcome although there are currently less options than with other Android offerings.
Summary: Since the Chromebook was delivered I have not picked up my laptop or netbook. Light and portable, easy to use and stable, the Acer C7 has become a firm favourite and I shall be sad to see it go. That is not to say it isn’t without its issues and it certainly isn’t perfect.