Acer C720P Chromebook

Same internals and touchscreen, attractive new color option

Building out the number of SKUs available in its latest Chromebook line, Acer has just announced a new color of the touchscreen C720P model. Aside from the new "Moonstone White" plastic around the outside, this C720P is entirely identical to the original grey model, with a 1366 x 768 11-inch touchscreen display, Intel Celeron 2955U processor, 32GB of storage and 2GB of RAM — all for the same $299 price.

The experience will be much the same as the cheaper C720 models, but offer a little something extra in the touchscreen capabilities. Acer says the new Moonstone White C720P will go on sale "next week" for the aforementioned price, and while specific retail partners aren't mentioned we can expect it to hit the same places the other C720 variants are.

 

Acer Expands Touchscreen Chromebook Line with New Color Offering

LAS VEGAS, (Jan. 3, 2013) – Acer America today extends its touchscreen Chromebook line, with a new configuration in a new color – the Acer C720P-2600 in Moonstone White.

The new Acer C720P-2600 Chromebook will be shown at Pepcom’s Digital Experience! media event on Monday, Jan. 6. The event previews some of the hottest gadgets and technologies at this year’s 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

The striking Moonstone White chassis complements the sleek design of the C720P-2600 Chromebook. The entire chassis is white, giving the device a consistently stylish look from any angle. In addition, customers will enjoy the benefit of touch on the device’s 11.6-inch HD LED back-lit display to do more with Chrome apps, media, games and more.

The 10-point touch display allows customers to interact naturally with the device, using gestures such as swipe, tap and pinch to zoom. This enhances the experience with apps, websites, Google Docs, games and more to make Chrome even more intuitive and personal. In addition, the 1366x768 resolution keeps websites, images and video crisp and clear.

The highly acclaimed Acer C720 Chromebook line has received numerous awards and accolades for its performance, battery life and value. The line includes models for consumers as well as business and education customers.

Like the rest of the new C720 line, the new C720P-2600 touchscreen model is powered by an Intel Celeron 2955U processor based on the Intel Haswell micro-architecture, so it delivers fast performance and excellent multi-tasking such as running multiple tabs and apps. The processor also enhances battery life; it keeps customers going for up to 7.5 hours for extra productivity and fun.(1)

The Acer C720P-2600 Chromebook has a 32GB SSD that provides a fast boot time of less than 7 seconds and quick resuming from sleep.(2) Compact at just 0.78-inches thin and 2.98 pounds, the new C720P-2600 can be taken anywhere for exploring online, staying in touch, running Chrome apps and more. Customers can use the 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi and integrated HD webcam for video chats as well as capturing video and photos to share online. The new Chromebook also features 2GB of DDR3 memory.

Acer Chromebooks utilize Chrome OS to give customers access to everything they need to be productive, stay in touch and be informed. Chrome OS is updated automatically, so it always has the latest features and multiple layers of security. The Acer C720P Chromebook users can have separate accounts to ensure their project, Gmail and other information is kept safe if the Chromebook is lost, stolen, or lent to a friend. This makes the Chromebook ideal for situations where the device will be used by multiple users, such as in educational settings and at home.

The new Acer C720P-2600 helps customers stay productive even while on a flight with 12 free Gogo in-air internet passes.(3) The Acer C720P-2600 also comes with up to 100GB of free Google Drive storage for the first two years after purchase, so customers can store files, photos and more safely in the cloud.(4)

Pricing, Availability and Warranty

The Acer C720P-2600 in Moonstone White is available at retailers next week for a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of $299.99 in the United States.  The new Acer C720P comes with a standard one-year parts and labor warranty, which can be extended to three years with the Acer Advantage service. All Acer Chromebooks are backed by toll-free service and support.(5)

About Acer

Established in 1976, Acer is an information and communication technology company dedicated to the research, design, marketing, sale and support of innovative products that enhance people's lives. Acer's green supply chain delivers environmentally friendly PCs, displays, projectors, servers, tablets and smartphones — tools our customers need to explore beyond limits and experience more. Ranked No. 3 for notebooks globally (IDC 2012), Acer employs 8,000 people, and 2012 revenues reached US$14.7 billion. Please visit www.acer.com for more information.

 

 

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Acer announces C720P Chromebook in new white casing

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I still have trouble convincing myself to get something like this when I could get an ASUS T100 and install Chrome on it. Perhaps for someone like my grandpa so that it would be impossible for him to get viruses and malware.

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In the U.S. it's only fifty more and there are often sales where it is the same price.

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1999 must not want it back that bad, considering it's still available, lol.

Honestly, Acer's willing to skimp anywhere to keep the price point extremely low.

Posted from my "Gift from God" Nexus 5 or my "God-Given" iPad Mini Retina.

2013 called, says Haswell still belongs to them (and not 1999).

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Celeron is a type of classification of processor now. Haswell processors have a Celeron subtype suitable for low power processing environments.

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Celeron is a "concept" of deliberately building a minimally capable version of a processor, often on the same die as fully capable processors, and intentionally crippling it by reducing on-chip cache, clocks, cores, etc.

There is no cost saving to Intel. No justification for manufacturing them, and no justification for the computer vendors to play along. Acer could save as much money using a more capable processor, and not waste the money for all the sticker they plaster all over their devices.

Ya know, I'd love to have a Chromebook with a full HD1080p display.

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Yep, plenty of power with some to spare. I can hook up the HDMI to my TV and have a 1080p video playing on it, and still browse with the device's screen without any hiccups in the video.

It doesn't have a full HD display. I know they might be introducing one at CES. It only makes sense to wait for the newer ones, instead of buying one of the older ones.

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I'm a Samsung fan too, but I don't go around spewing kindergarten worthy retorts. The Samsung Chromebook DOES have a crap display, and using "You have an awful display" as a comeback is just plain retarded.

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If no one has been able to figure out yet how to get it to print without going through a network since the iCloud printers don't really work with it either, then it's still useless and I'm better off buying a regular tablet. At least I can print from one of those. With an app. Which they don't have for Chromebooks either...

I have no issues with cloud print..

Neither does my mom, dad, or grandpa.

Sounds like the issue is between the chair and keyboard.

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I'm okay with having to print through the network if Google would invest some money into making cloudprint not suck, or at least making Android printing apps work on Chromebooks. I understand that there is no standardized way to handle duplexing, among many other features. If Google wants Cloud Print to be a viable solution they need to invest in standardizing features so that it is actually productive.

Printer manufacturers are not without blame in this either. I have a Brother Multifunction with Google Cloud Print that I have to power cycle everytime I want to print because when it goes to sleep it disappears from cloud print.

As it is, my wife gets furious at me everytime that she needs to print something because it never works right. I either have to re start the printer, manually configure the duplex options, or modify any number of other ridiculous settings that should be available from Cloud Print.

Did they think the white casing was the only think people like about the Chromebook 11? I wonder how good of quality the touchscreen is

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I look at it like this...

If your tired of spending $500 on a Windows laptops that's slows down making almost unusable in a couple of years, and you mostly browse Web and wrote documents...

Then you should get a Chrome book... A Chromebook in 3 years will be just as fast as when you first bought it.. And these things are fast... No unneeded programs running the background all the time.

My Chromebook has basically replaced my laptop and it was only $250.

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Agreed. My HP 14" Chromebook works great. My original Samsung works just as good as it did day one over a year ago, save for the broken screen. That said, I would like something with a nice build quality, if not the $1300 Pixel.

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Good point, but I also look at it like this.. Windows RT gives you the exact same advantages (a closed environment in the sense) but so many people bashed on the RT operating system I don't get it?

You get more apps on RT and you still have a desktop with full Office plus its locked down so your mom or grandpa wont be getting viruses.

Now the OEMs have it all backwards. They're putting full windows 8 on 8 inch tablets that CAN slow that tablet down over time instead of going with a locked down OS like windows RT or Chrome.

Btw I keep telling people that over time once Chrome OS breaks the 10% market share or so you will have OEMs start loading that up with crapware. It is only a matter of time. With popularity comes more enemies.

Yeah but Windows Rt is slow and laggy.

Chromebook are really fast and can handle 15 plus apps of video going on at the same time...

That's why Chromebooks get such great reviews from people who buy them compared to Windows Rt reviews which most people hate.

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That's true. Chrome is very light weight and is still by definition open-sourced based. Windows RT is even more proprietary and locked down than Windows 8, and is equally as bloated in terms of storage space. They both take around 16 GB of storage. Chrome OS is pretty much as barebones as it gets. It's just enough Linux to run a system and Google chrome

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Does anyone have an opinion on whether the 2GB of RAM is enough? Acer has seemingly discontinued the 4GB non-touchscreen C720. I've read some stuff about using the SSD to keep applications in memory when necessary in a way that you can't tell there are only 2GB of RAM, but I'm wondering if anyone can provide their own personal experience using a Chromebook with 2GB as opposed to 4GB.

Yeah, I'm wary of buying a 2GB model. I know that ChromeOS is super lightweight and 2GB is probably just fine, but memory use WILL increase as the OS is updated and more apps become available, and I'd rather make sure that it's something I can use for a while, or at least upgrade myself.

It depends on your browsing style. I have the 2GB C720, and I haven't noticed any slowdowns, but I rarely have more than 5-10 or so tabs open at once. If you're one of those people who regularly keep a couple dozen tabs open, you'll probably be better off with the 4GB version.

I have an Acer C720 with 2GB of RAM. I can have upwards of 20 tabs open, music streaming and also cruton running Ubuntu in a shell session and this thing has yet to hiccup on me at all. Not once. The only time I've seen a slow down was when I was transferring a file from my Chromebook to a USB Thumbdrive. Beyond that, it's been flawless.

Get the 2 GB. Honestly with the lightweight OS and swappable memory with the ssd my chromebook flies even with dozens of tabs open or playing hd video on some. I was wary of just getting the 4 GB model also but I am glad I saved the $50 and only spending $199 for this speed on a laptop style device is awesome.

The dell inspiron 11 is pretty much the same but comes with win 8 for $350 on newegg. However the dell has expandable ram and hard drive. Hopefully the dell chromebook will come in around $300 and keep the config the same

I want to get a Chromebook but I can't see why I would replace my windows laptop with something that has as much memory as my phone and the processor is underpowered for a laptop nowadays.

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Then, don't buy one to replace your laptop. Buy it as a complement to your laptop. Use it when you only want to browse the Web, and keep your Windows laptop handy when you need a full OS.

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+1. I have a built desktop with an i7 4770 and a 7850 graphics card when I wanna do some gaming or video edits but 90% of my computer use can be easily done on my chromebook without any hiccups or slowdowns from programs loading in the background and I get killer battery life(10 hours on my acer c720). I'm sure for some people chrome OS could actually be a full computer replacement.

Students, simple, fast lightweight... Wish people would take away the perception that it doesn't work offline - and a question that was asked before is that its underpowered I'd like to point out that they are far from it and I am pretty sure the C720 has a haswell processor* Correct me if I'm wrong though...

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I've noted the recent surging popularity of Chromebooks with interest. They are themselves basically a netbook. I've got a refurbished Dell Inspiron Mini 10v netbook with 2 gigs of ram running Linux Mint 15 Mate very well indeed. Running all things Chrome on this system, what am I missing in not having a Chromebook?