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.
Pros: Low price, Good port selection, 320GB hard drive plus 100GB of cloud storage
Cons: Very short battery life, Bland and relatively thick design
Conclusion: The jury may still be out on whether or not Google’s Chromebook concept can really change the laptop market, but if you’re a light user or tend to spend most of your time on the web, then the Acer C7 Chromebook is worth considering. The boot time may be longer than the Samsung Series 3, but it’s still quicker than most traditional laptops, and the way Chrome seamlessly backs up your files is impressive.
Pros: Bright screen, Low cost, Chrome is getting better all the time
Cons: Large hard drive is pointless, Unappealing looks, Keyboard could be better
Excerpt: The Acer C7 Chromebook is a budget, sub-£200 laptop built around the Chrome "browser only" operating system. The price sounds attractive, but it means basic specs rather than a powerhouse are on the cards - which is exactly what some people will be looking for.
Pros: Cheap, 320GB hard drive built-in, simple to use, like a Google hub that's conceptually ideal for day-to-day tasks
Cons: Poor screen viewing angle, limited battery life, no 3G, keyboard isn't an enjoyable typing experience, built-in hard drive slows things down, chunkier and weightier than similar competitor, app limitations