Acer C720 Chromebook

Acer has announced an updated version to its popular C720 Chromebook, this time around with Intel's fourth generation Haswell Core i3 processor. Starting at $349, the updated model provides faster performance, more base storage and delivers more battery life than last year's C720 that were powered by Intel's Celeron processors.

This year's range will have two models. Both models will be powered by a Haswell Core i3 4005U processor clocked at 1.7GHz and will come with 32GB of SSD storage. The $379 C720-3404 will have 4GB of RAM while the $349 C720-3871 will have 2GB of RAM. Both models will be arriving at U.S. retailers this month, with Amazon already having a pre-order page for the $349 model.

Acer announces C720 Chromebook with Intel Core i3

The Acer C720 models are compact with an 11.6-inch 1366x768 screen that's powered by Intel's HD Graphics 4400 engine. The device will have 8.5 hours of battery life on a single charge.

Are you interested in a Chromebook? Do these Haswell-based Core i3 models interest you?

Source: Acer and Amazon

 
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These Chromebooks are starting to look pretty good.

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MERCDROID says:

Yeah, and battery life wise, they're only matched/beaten by MacBook Airs/Pros.

I don't know where you're getting your information from, but, it sounds like it was from a really old comparison.
http://laptops-and-notebooks.findthebest.com/saved_search/Laptops-with-L...
Not an Apple in sight there until the middle of page two....

MERCDROID says:

I appreciate the link, brother.

However, 1) that list wasn't sorted into any particular order;

2) the MacBook Pro is unrated and the MacBook Air shows a "smart rating" of 98. How does this link disprove my assumption?

It's sorted by battery life, you know, more hours means a position closer to the top of the list. :)

MERCDROID says:

Oh...sh$t. Haha, ok, proven wrong again lol.

Yeah, I agree there was a time, primarily in the late noughties, when Windows PC manufacturers only focused on Crysis FPS and resolution (the last time high resolution displays were the big thing, long before words like Retina were made up). Back then MacBooks had a lot better battery life. That was also partly because OSX back then was really limited compared to what Windows was able to do. Today, you wont really get more hours out of a Macbook.

jackwagon06 says:

Served! Lmao

sectime says:

Chose a backlighted keyboard and SSD then the list changes dramatically. For me that is a requirement.

The Macbooks are still down the list, and to be fair, some of the laptops with backlit keyboards are for some reason listed as not having them.

The point is; the argument that Macbooks have superior battery life compared to everything else is not factual. Several laptops have better battery life and a whole lot have similar battery life.

sectime says:

Whatever, If you compare equally specced machines your original comment is incorrect, that's all. My car gets better gas mileage than a new Stingray. Lists at 3 and 4, number 2 is $3K :)

Lol? What's wrong with my original statement? What if a real requirement would be it has to come with pre-installed Windows 8? Then your statement is suddenly completely wrong, mate. :)
(see what i did there?)

I don't think it's to compare a Chromebook to a MBP/MBA in the first place.

The latter are full fledged operating systems with unhindered capability whereas the former are, to my understanding, not.

It'd be a fairer comparison to put a Surface RT vs any Chromebook and even that's a terrible comparison lol.

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Love my C720 from last year. For what I do, it's all I need.

nostriluu says:

Chromebooks are great.. except that there's no model which has a decent processor and a good screen. They all use TFT screens that have poor viewing angles except HP's IPS model, which is being phased out.

arutemauepon says:

That's why chromebooks are cheaper.

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nostriluu says:

I know. But the HP is inexpensive and it has an IPS screen. I'd pay $30 - $50 more for an IPS display.

arutemauepon says:

Any news on the touchscreen version? They're not going to release the updated c720p together with c720?

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eahinrichsen says:

I hope they don't bother, really. I have a C720p and I never use the touchscreen. Chrome OS isn't really optimized for touch input, so I think the touchscreen is just kind of a wasted resource.

Edit: it just occurred to me that touchscreens are going to be a lot more important once Chrome OS starts running Android apps.

Phill360 says:

Still struggle to see how chromebook news has anything to do with android

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kelayz says:

Produced by Google...?

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Phill360 says:

True but it is android central not Google central

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A895 says:

Wrong, they have reported Google news for years.

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Phill360 says:

Maybe it's time for a name change then

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Maybe you should try reading articles about something other than Android OS. Google has a lot going on. They have an ambitious, vibrant business model that many of us find fascinating to read about.
Android is one of many Google products--which are all connected, anyway--so what's the harm in discussing all of them? Expand your world a bit.. C'mon! It's good for you. It'll put hair on your chest! :)

iknownothing says:

Actually, it's Google central. They've just got the name wrong. They could call it monkey central and it would still be Google central. It is what it is, mate.

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Did you miss the io announcement? Chromebooks will soon be able to run android applications...

Ted Turner1 says:

Android Apps run on ChromeOS soon/now. Close enough tie?

Phill360 says:

This is would be the first tie with android and hopefully it leads to more great apps for the platform

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A895 says:

I'm tired of seeing dumb comments like these. I was going to explain why it is here, but I don't feel you are worth it.

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Phill360 says:

Take it easy mate. This just my opinion

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bangishotyou says:

I think the unstated implication is that while "yes, that is just your opinion" you'd have been better off not having left at all.

Here's a newsflash, as a person with free will you actually DO NOT have to read an article or even visit a website if you don't care for the content. GASP!

And yet, rather than do the adult like thing and simply ignore that which does not interest you, you saw fit to enter the article you didn't care for and leave a comment that is the equivalent of "first" except in regards to "I don't care about this, so why is it here?" It's not even juvenile, it's just straight up uncalled for and largely unwanted.

Don't like something? Ignore it. Don't even click on the article or site, much less comment on it. You're aware that by clicking a link and then commenting your driving page views, correct? That translates to those running the site as "people are interested in this" which translates to even more articles along the same lines. So in effect you're responsible for what you see here.

This might not be of interest to you, but it is of interest to a great many of us. If you don't care for it, skip the article or find another site.

That's just my opinion though. Since apparently we can throw that out there and it somehow negates saying something potentially stupid, that's how it works, right?

Ted Turner1 says:

I don't feel 8.5 hours of battery life is anything to rave about as "improved" when the previous CPU resulted in 8.5 hrs also.
http://www.google.com/intl/en/chrome/devices/acer-c720-chromebook.html#s...

This one comes in at a $150 premium vs the ~$200 for last years model with 2GB RAM.

At best, I would be interested in this version with 4GB of RAM, but not at $380.

Acer priced themselves out of what made the C720 a perfect/amazing Chromebook.

stab244 says:

I think it's an improvement since its better performance with the same battery life. Which probably means that if you're doing something menial, it'll draw less power and actually last longer. Won't know until it comes out and people can test though I guess.

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technomom says:

Nice, but how's the display? The current C720 display is not very good, neither is the keyboard.

eahinrichsen says:

I was actually pretty surprised by how good the C720's keyboard is, for such an inexpensive device.

appmy says:

I agree. I am very happy with my current C720. Keyboard and battery life are good. I can't imagine a performance improvement that would warrant a $150+ increase

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technomom says:

I have both the C720 and what, at the time, was the slightly more expensive HP11 and while the performance on the HP doesn't match up, it is far nicer to use the keyboard and screen on that machine. As slow as it is, the HP11 is my go-to travel machine precisely for that reason. I'd like to see the C720 get an upgrade to the keyboard and screen.

Warrenisit says:

Interesting. Thanks for the comparison.

The C720 keyboard is actually quite good. Display is generic I'll give you that, but not terrible.

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gregs1213 says:

I actually really like the C720 keyboard.. I'm typing on it right now. I've heard complaints about it before as well, maybe some had bad hardware?? I think the trackpad works very well as well...

Prinny Mask says:

I'd like it if they refreshed the Pixel and added some battery there, or just knock the price down a couple hundred dollars. I want one, but it's getting harder and harder to justify paying that much more.

bez54 says:

I love my HP Chromebook. Its great for the web and YouTube etc. Gaming wise? I have a nexus 5 and 7 for that. My tech bag is all Google baby. I'm google's bitch.

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zackmack7 says:

My mother bough the C72O for like $60 on Amazon a few weeks ago. She has a Kindle so I think it was one of those extremely limited deals. Anyway, she loves and so do I. I am very impressed with it; its light, snappy, and does everything I need it to. This refresh just made a grade A device an A+ device. Wouldn't mind picking one up if I wasn't already in need of a new Windows ultrabook

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Tomer Elias says:

When will we see a 13" version? And maybe even 1080p display?

This is all great news on improving thier models but it think it's time we get a little more variety with chromebooks

Chex313 says:

The prices are going to drop on these...Chromebooks are going to need touchscreens if you want to run Android Apps. I'll be waiting for the Fall to see how "L" affects things.

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jackwagon06 says:

These prices are making me think about some faux leather on a Sammy chromebook 2. Sorry to see prices go up in general, but Acer would be crazy to not follow suit.

JJsnyder says:

Would buy with a 1080 screen. Samsung 2 still ahead.

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The Samsung 2 only has 1080p in the 13". And be careful what you wish for, Chrome OS doesn't handle that resolution all that well, there's no scaling to speak of.
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Still with the crap 1366X768 display resolution.
But other than that it's interesting.

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jbaker46 says:

I'm still holding out for the 14" HP.

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iknownothing says:

What are you holding out for? It's been on sale for a year.

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cdjh says:

I'd buy a Chromebook that has x86 processor and 1080p screen. Why are there none out there? (other than the pixel- which is way too much $)

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Very nice. I love my model from last year. That battery life is the best thing. Got it refurbed for only $150 and it's the best $150 i've ever spent on technology.

mammlouk says:

This looks pretty good, but after using my wife's Samsung Chromebook I have decided that the screen size doesn't suit my usage. I just ordered a HP 14 with lifetime 4G from Woot! this week because the price was too good to pass up. This i3 processor in a 13.3" or 14" chassis combined with a lit keyboard and IPS would seriously cause me to consider making another purchase.

Tomer Elias says:

If Asus can release a 13" chromebook at the same price as their 11" one with exact same internals I expect the same from Acer, or at least just offer a 13" chromebook so we have the choice.

Yiazmaty says:

Does anyone know if these i3 models are sporting the same glass touchscreen as the previous C720P?

Answer: They are non-touch. I was going to buy one until I learned that. Now I'll probably just go with a refurb. C720P for half the cost of the i3 C720.