Google is seriously upping the ante with its Chromebook devices. In what seems to be the start of the hardware line refresh, Acer has now announced the C270 Chromebook, priced at $249, which comes shortly after we’ve seen HP launch the HP Chromebook 11. After teasing a Haswell-powered Chromebook at Intel’s Developer Forum from last month, Acer has now finally unveiled the first Chromebook laptop that comes with a Haswell processor inside.
The C720 Chromebook from Acer has a 1366 x 768 display on a 11.6-inch screen and is slimmer than the precedent Acer C7 by 30 percent, now measuring only 0.75 inches. It’s also pretty light on your hand as it weighs only 2.76 pounds (1.25 kg), being a perfect fit for a laptop backpack or bag, but slightly thicker and heavier than the 0.69-inch 2.3 pound Chromebook 11. This Chrome OS laptop will also be easier to use under sunlight exposure, as it comes with an anti-glare display that reduces reflection.
The biggest upgrade is definitely the 1.4GHz Haswell Celeron processor from Intel. Along with a 4GB of low-power DDR3L RAM, this contributes to an impressive claim of 8.5 hours of battery life.
Acer launches the first Haswell-powered Chromebook
The 16GB solid-state drive that is now present has also contributed to a sleeker appearance and improved responsiveness. The inclusion of the SSD has positive effects in the boot up time which is now less than 7 seconds; the laptop resumes almost instantly from sleep mode. It also comes with data encryption and verified boot as efficient security measures. Acer also mentioned that the Acer C720 Chromebook has a Kensington lock to it, but it didn’t say if it comes with the price or you’ll have to purchase it separately.
The laptop also comes with an integrated HD webcam, microphone and dual speaker. On the connectivity side, it’s worth noting that it has one USB 3.0 port and a USB 2.0 one. It comes with dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi for quick connection to hotspots and wireless networks. There is also a HDMI port so you can push video or other content to external displays and HDTVs. If you want more storage space, there’s a SD card reader. Google also announced that they are offering 100GB of free storage for 2 years, the same offer with the HP Chromebook 11.
The Acer C720 Chromebook will be available for pre-order at Amazon and Best Buy today for $249. And it already seems that Amazon has cut almost $10 off the price (almost 5%), so if you want, you can set up a price alert to see if they will discount it even further. Acer said there will be different configurations of the C720 coming weeks, so we can just assume that by that they mean a 4G LTE or a touchscreen model. You can have a look at an early video below to see how the laptop looks like.
In a separate post, Google also announced that Chromebooks are coming to India. The Acer C720 Chromebook will be priced at 22,999 INR and the HP Chromebook 14 at 26,990 INR and they will be available from select Reliance Digital and Croma stores in Delhi and Mumbai from October 17. If you want, you can also pre-order your Chromebook at Flipkart Online starting from today.