It’s a good week to be a Chromie. In addition to a new Chromebook announcement from HP, Acer has just unveiled the new C720 Chromebook, which improves upon its predecessor from Acer in almost every way.
The new Acer C720 will feature a Celeron 2955U processor that is based on Intel’s new Haswell micro-architecture – this will offer better performance than other Chromebooks in this price range, along with an increased battery life of up to 8.5 hours. It will also feature 4GB of memory, instead of the standard 2GB in competing Chromebooks at this price. In other words, it will be no slouch when it comes the daily tasks that most people perform on their Chromebook, including running Linux distros on the side.
It will also boot up in less than seven seconds, and Acer says it’s 30 percent thinner than its predecessor, with an 11.6-inch 1366 x 768 anti-glare display “that reduces reflection for a better visual experience,” even outdoors in the sunlight.
Other features include an HD webcam, a USB 2.0 port and a USB 3.0 port, an SD card reader, and an HDMI port. It still packs only a 16GB SSD for local storage, but comes with two years of 100GB free Google Drive storage, too. Personally, I’d pick this up over the new HP Chromebook 11, which is still using an ARM chip and will thus probably have performance issues in the near future. At $30 less than the HP, this one is a steal.