A new Acer Chromebook is coming soon to Best Buy, although it actually looks more like a revised C7 Chromebook. This new Chrome OS device will feature a 16GB SSD, rather than the old C7’s 320GB HDD – and while this may seem like a big downgrade as far as local storage goes, you have to remember that Chromebooks are really intended for cloud computing and come with 100GB of free Google Drive storage. Additionally, the 16GB SSD will perform much better than the clunkier HDD, allowing for much faster start up time, quieter performance, and – most likely – a longer life, since there are no moving parts.
Other specs remain unchanged from the C7: this Chromebook will feature the same 1.1GHz Intel Celeron processor, 11.6-inch 1366 x 768 matte screen, and 2GB of RAM (expandable to 4GB). Overall, for what you get, this is a great deal – and tinkerers who like to install other Linux distros should be in heaven with this machine.
There’s no exact release date yet, and so far it’s only available through Best Buy, but I fully expect this to take the place of the older C7 on the Google Play Store soon, along with other locations where the C7 is currently sold.[Best Buy via OMG! Chrome!]