Summary: - Acer's C720P is essentially the same C720 Chromebook but with a touchscreen based display. Thanks to their low pricing, this puts it only slightly more expensive than competing Chromebooks but with more local storage on it and touch. It would have been nice to see a design update but that would have likely increased the overall cost which is critical to many consumers. Is it worth the upgrade over the standard C720?
Summary: - The Acer C720 has a number of things going for it that make it perfect for those wanting a Chromebook. It is certainly the most affordable on the market while still providing a good level of performance and better battery life than the competition. Even with these factors, there are some things that can be annoying to some buyers.
Summary: The upgraded Acer C720 Chromebook with Core i3 processor is definitely an improvement on the original in power and speed. Its ultra-compact size and 11.6-inch display are great for portability, but I would prefer to see this notebook with a 13-inch display to better take advantage of its productivity potential. For that reason, I prefer the $279 Toshiba Chromebook, which may not be as powerful, but gets the job done in a more stylish and longer-lasting package.
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. And this system holds its own when compared to its peers. The HP Chromebook 11 is slightly less expensive, but lacks touch and is a tad slower.
Pros: Attractive black-and-white design, Pleasing keyboard and touchpad, Quick processor, Solid battery life, Good value
Summary: The $299 Acer C720P Chromebook is one of the least-expensive touch-enabled notebooks available, offering an attractive design, plenty of ports and long battery life. Those who primarily use their computer for surfing the Web and light productivity will have no issues replacing their everyday laptop with this budget-friendly machine.
Summary: Back to basics. While efforts continue to try and rework the Chromebook equation to provide a more enticing balance of performance and build quality, Acer sees no harm in sticking to the original plan, with a budget plastic case design, an understated appearance, and an x86 chipset—all for $249. How does it compare?
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
Cons: Cheap plastic build, Unremarkable display panel, Below-average, clattery keyboard, Mediocre audio performance, Warranty void sticker prevents access to internals, A much better keyboard, sturdier build, and an IPS screen
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
Summary: Thanks to its Haswell-powered CPU, the $249 Acer C720 Chromebook offers better performance than its predecessor and its low-cost competition. Like most Chromebooks, this one is well suited for those who primarily surf the Web, check social networking and play casual games. The Chrome OS offline experience isn't quite polished enough for extended use just yet, but Google is clearly making an effort.
Summary: Chromebooks have typically been looked at as secondary or even tertiary computers. Often ghettoized as “the computer for my living room couch,” most Chromebooks have not been able to replace a Windows PC or Mac. They’re just cheap, and Google and its partners hope we’ll forgive their performance, battery, and feature set flaws in the name of frugality. They’re popular for the ultra price-conscious, but not the serious computer shopper.
Pros: Snappy performance, Great battery life, Cheap price tag
Cons: Bland design, Tinny speakers, Sticky headphone jack
Summary: We test the entry level Chromebook from Acer. The C720 has an Intel Celeron CPU, is small and cheap and it promises much for those who want to switch to the Google powered OS - but does it deliver?