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: 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
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. Reading, to name just one task, will always be better on a portrait-mode tablet than on a landscape-mode laptop. But if you're even casually interested in Chrome OS, Acer is making it hard to resist the experiment.
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
Summary: The Acer C7 Chromebook is by far the most impressive and versatile Chrome OS computer we’ve tested, even if it’s not even the most powerful. At just £199, it’s seriously worth considering if all you’re after is a little netbook for browsing Amazon on the sofa in front of the telly, and sending the odd email. If Acer and Samsung can keep making these thinner and thinner, it’ll soon just be a toss up for customers between a Chromebook and a MacBook Air.
A small and inexpensive laptop for the Google generation
Good Gear Guide.au
5 August 2013
Summary: Acer's C710 is not a laptop that will suit everyone, but if you are already a heavy user of Google's array of services, and if you just want a simple device on which to use those services, you should definitely give this Chromebook a go.
Pros: Good overall performance, Vibrant screen, Good keyboard and touchpad
Cons: Short battery life, Can get noticeably warm, Sticky Backspace key
Excerpt: Google's Chromebook OS has been adopted by Samsung already but it's Acer that has created a budget netbook - in the form of the Acer C7 Chromebook - with the spec to beat rivals at the price point. Can the Google OS and decent spec compete with rival Sony Vaio netbooks and budget ultrabooks? And can the Acer take on the likes of the Samsung Series 3 Chromebook and Samsung series 5 Chromebook ?
Pros: Good build, Decent screen, 100GB of cloud storage