Acer C7 Chromebook review: It's time for Chrome to get better Chromebooks
26 February 2013
Summary: If you want one of the least expensive Web-browsing devices that feels like a laptop but is really a Chromebook, the Acer C7 is fine. But its limitations match its price.
Pros: The Acer C710-2457 is the least expensive Chromebook on the Google Play store, and comes with a set of base features competitive with Samsung’s $250 Chromebook.
Cons: Cheap-feeling Netbook-like construction, small touch pad, limited battery life, and unimpressive display and speakers; plus, Chrome OS is inherently limiting for offline use so this isn't as versatile as a traditional PC. Meager 16GB of onboard SSD storage.
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.
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.