Acer C7 Chromebook review: the rebirth of the $199 laptop?
7 January 2014
Summary: Chrome OS is in the midst of a sort of existential crisis. Google's web-based OS was originally used on full-fledged, full-powered and full-priced laptops, but its niche now seems to be cheaper, smaller computers. But even in that world, there's plenty of variation. Samsung's new Series 5 Chromebook costs $249, and looks and feels like a regular laptop, but it's powered by an ARM processor that you're more likely to find in a tablet or a cellphone.
Pros: Inexpensive, Solid performance, Quick resume time, Good keyboard
Cons: Terrible build quality, Short battery life, Poor trackpad, Slow boot time
Acer C7 Chromebook review: $199 and it feels like it
23 June 2013
Summary: At $199, the Acer C7 is an attractive proposition for anyone looking for a supercheap portable laptop, but the Chrome OS and short battery life mean you'll have to accept a lot of compromises.
Cons: Saddled with an ugly design, finicky touch pad, and short battery life, this feels like a far cry even from most budget laptops. The Chrome OS is still too limiting, though it's made some strides in a year.
Conclusion: Acer has succeeded in boiling out all the high-end features that make a notebook cost more than $400 and took Google's Chrome OS to just about as standard and basically acceptable place as they possibly could, tagging it with a very suitable $199 pricetag. If you only want to browse the web with your notebook, and that's it, this machine will serve you well.
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. But then … surprise! A new variant was announced just after Samsung took the wraps off its new $249 ARM-powered entry .
Pros: Good keyboard and touchpad, Attractive display, Snappy performance, Amazing value
Cons: Quiet, lackluster speakers, Poor battery life
Excerpt: Despite details about the features of these new machines being thin on the ground, we spotted Acer's updated, Haswell-powered C7 Chromebook on the IDF show floor and managed to get some hands-on time with the device.
Excerpt: Acer C7 Chromebook nella nuova versione 2013 (C710-2055) è un computer portatile equipaggiato con il sistema operativo Chrome OS sviluppato da Google. Il comparto hardware vede la presenza di un display da 11,6 pollici con risoluzione 1366×768 pixel, processore dual core Intel Celeron , 4 GB di RAM, disco fisso da 320 GB (più 100 GB di spazio sul servizio Google Drive), modulo WiFi, slot Ethernet, webcam HD per le videochiamate, tre porte USB 2.0, un’uscita video HDMI...