Conclusion: The Acer C720P Chromebook is a solid laptop. The processor is adequately quick, the keyboard and touchpad hold up under heavy use, and the battery offers plenty of life for a system of this size. Given these traits, it’s easy to see why some consumers are picking Chromebooks instead of Windows-based alternatives.
Pros: Attractive black-and-white design, Pleasing keyboard and touchpad, Quick processor, Solid battery life, Good value
Summary: With a bright, clear touch screen and all-day battery life, the Acer Chromebook C720P-2600 dominates among Chromebooks.
Pros: Great boot times and battery life. Dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi. Bright, anti-glare, 10-point touch screen. Under three pounds. Desktop-class browser. Has 32GB local SSD and 100GB Google Drive storage.
Cons: SD cards will stick out of card reader. No 4G/LTE option. Slightly narrow viewing angles.
Conclusion: There was a lot to like about the Acer C720, and there's even more to like about the C720P. The laptop is very solid when held, and though plastic from top to bottom, it doesn't necessarily feel like a machine that costs $299 USD. The touchscreen is a wonderful addition, enabling functionality that the Chromebook lineups have generally been missing and allowing users to forgo the small track pad (though, it should be said, the track pad is of quality).
Summary: If you typically have a solid Internet connection and use your laptop for browsing the Internet, reading and sending emails, casual gaming and the like, you can't find a cheaper yet capable alternative than the Acer C720 Chromebook. If you rely on serious productivity software such as PowerPoint, Word or Excel, or do serious gaming, the C720 won't be for you, at any price.
Pros: Price, Suitable for light web browsing, 100 GB of free Google Drive cloud storage, Faster than other Chromebooks
Cons: Can't handle heavy tasks, Can't do much without an Internet connection
Summary: The perfect Chromebook has long been a pipe dream. All Google needed to do was release a model with great battery life and speedy performance for a price that well undercuts a typical Windows laptop. But that’s apparently easier said than done. We’ve seen a variety of Chromebooks come and go over the years, but none have ever truly satisfied those three criteria.
Pros: Snappy performance, Great battery life, Cheap price tag
Cons: Bland design, Tinny speakers, Sticky headphone jack
Conclusion: Devoid of the flashy exterior and attractive screen of the HP Chromebook 11 , the Acer C720-2800 Chromebook might look just like every other Chromebook that’s come our way to date. In some regards, it is: the case quality is lower tier (and slightly flimsy in certain spots), the screen is uninspiring but capable enough, and the keyboard is hardly even mentionable in the same breath, with clattery operation and a thoroughly budget feel .
Pros: Extremely portable, Excellent battery life, Good application performance, Smooth video playback and output to external monitor, Good touchpad, The surprising speed, excellent battery life, and low price
Excerpt: Let’s just be honest right off the bat: You’re probably not reading our review of this product so much to check out benchmarks and other performance indicators as you are to see if we’ll clarify whether or not Google's strange, new browser-based Chrome OS operating system is really worth investing in.
Pros: Low price, Solid design and build, Surprisingly good audio, Great end user experience
Cons: Not a full laptop replacement, Bezel and chassis attract fingerprints
Conclusion: After all, if those same 2009- and 2010-era netbook price points now have flexible, able full-Windows computers parked on them, like the Transformer Book T100T—and the inevitable competition starts forcing down the prices on those machines, too—where will that leave $250 Chromebooks? Will basic Chromebooks like these join their netbook kin in 2015 or so?
Pros: Snappy for Chrome-style multitasking, Good connectivity, including USB 3.0, SD slot, and full-size HDMI
Conclusion: The Acer C720 Chromebook is a speedy, sharp Chrome OS laptop that has a simple design and boasting rights in the performance department. The laptop is a step ahead of many other competing Chromebooks, and is more than able to hold its own as an everyday laptop for those who do basic tasks: media, email, Internet, chatting, word processing, and such.