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.
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.
Acer C7 Chromebook review: the rebirth of the $199 laptop?
29 November 2012
Excerpt: 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.
Pros: Inexpensive, Solid performance, Quick resume time, Good keyboard
Cons: Terrible build quality, Short battery life, Poor trackpad, Slow boot time
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: When it comes to Chromebooks, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Samsung was the only manufacturer of the petite Chrome OS-running laptops, but that isn’t the case. Acer has also been manufacturing Google’s Chrome OS laptops since 2011, but its first and only incarnation of the Chromebook, the...
Summary: A very affordable Chromebook. But with flaws.
Pros: Cheap, Good build quality, Pretty good screen, Simple to use, The Acer C7 Chromebook is an affordable laptop that will be very usable for many of us, and boasts strong specs. Online apps cater for many of our web needs, so that even if you're using Word and Excel now, the transition to using Goog...
Cons: Limitations of Chrome OS, Poor battery life, Unresponsive keyboard, No 3G option, Hard drive out of place, What Acer has done here, it would seem, is take a small laptop - the Acer Aspire V5-171 , by the looks of things - tweaked it a bit and shoved Chrome OS onto it. And that's fine so far as it...
Conclusion: Although the Chromebook concept is a partial success, there are too many fundamental errors with Acer's C7 laptop for it to score well. It might well be a budget purchase, but the screen has a poor viewing angle, battery life isn't great and the keyboard is hit and miss for typing - all of key...
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