Acer C720 Chromebook

Less RAM, more storage accompanies touchscreen with price bump

Update: The new C720P Chromebook is now up for pre-order on amazon at the link below.

Original story​: Acer is building out a third version of its latest Chromebook platform, and this time the biggest notable feature is the addition of a touchscreen. This new C720P model is all but identical to the other C720's currently available, with the same chassis, screen size and ports, with just a few internal tweaks and of course the touchscreen. That screen is the same 11.6-inches across and 1366 x 768 resolution, but now has capacitive touch.

As for internals you're getting the same Haswell micro-architecture Celeron 2955U processor as the original C720, 32GB of storage rather than the 16GB found in the other models but a bump down to just 2GB of RAM from 4GB found in the original. For ports you have one USB 2.0 port, one USB 3.0 port, SDcard slot and HDMI out.

While performance of the touchscreen is yet to be known, it's a big deal to see Acer shipping a touchscreen Chromebook for such a low price. The Chromebook Pixel gave us an early look at what it's like to use Chrome OS on a touchscreen device, but at $1000 more than this upcoming C720P, it isn't much of a mass-market device.

Acer says the C720P will be on sale from Amazon, Best Buy and from Acer directly in early December.

More: Pre-order the Acer C720P Chromebook from Amazon

Source: Acer

 
There are 30 comments

sibeans says:

Is the RAM easily swappable on this model?

Posted from my "CrackDroid" Nexus 4 via the Android Central App

englhard says:

Why did they take away the 4GB? I would have bought immediately! Now I don't know if I should get this or the 4GB version...

hmmm says:

4GB version. AS time goes on RAM requirements increase, not decrease.

They clearly wanted to hit that $299 price point, and with a bump to 32GB of storage the other thing they had to cut was RAM.

englhard says:

But I would have rather had touchscreen and 16GB, as the reply before you says, RAM always goes up, but you have cloud storage for the rest... Oh well...

Right, I'm making the assumption they decided on that tradeoff and for whatever reason said storage was more important than RAM on this device. Most would probably prefer the opposite, but who knows.

codiusprime says:

Is there really a worry about running into RAM issues on a device like this? Seems like the OS is pretty light weight as are most of the apps (though this could be completely wrong as I have no experience with Chrome OS).

return_0 says:

Because this is based on the $199 2GB version, not the $249 4GB version. So technically they didn't take away any RAM.

Posted from my pure Google Nexus 4 using the AC app.

Hard to say that it's "based" on one model. All three C720's are nearly identical. $199 w/ 2GB of RAM, 16GB storage; $249 w/ 4GB of RAM, 16GB storage; or $299 with touchscreen, 2GB of RAM and 32GB storage.

Ry says:

I'd rather have it with 16GB of storage and 4GB of RAM.

Cubfan says:

If I have a laptop, I kill anyone who touches my screen. I'll get the 4gb version when the price goes down because of this. WINNING!

ggalmin says:

I have the 2gb c720, honestly it flies. Streamed some video had a few tabs open and seems highly responsive.

Yup, great to hear. I think people put a little too much importance on RAM in a Chromebook. Chrome OS is extremely lightweight.

Dolfan058 says:

Still, 4 GB of RAM + 16 GB at $299 or even $349 would've been nice. That's how much I paid for my HP Chromebook 14 (with 4 GB of RAM), and I am absolutely in love with this thing. The extra RAM is comforting, and the extra storage space really isn't needed on a device like this (it's why I have a 64 GB Micro SD card).

codiusprime says:

That's what I am wondering, the OS is light and the functionality is rather limited compared to a full OS like Windows. I don't see a ton of need for four gigs of RAM but like I said up above, I have no experience with Chrome Books so maybe some people have run into limited RAM issues.

jfs101 says:

Do Chromebooks support Flash for the Chrome Browser? My daughter has an ipad, but she's always using my wife's macbook air to visit websites that use flash. It seems that there aren't any apps that she likes for her barbie.com needs!

I was thinking of getting her one for Christmas before she breaks the macbook air.

Yep of course. You get full Chrome functionality, which includes Flash built into the browser.

brainimpact says:

Are you sure the original had 4gb OF ram? Th original with 320gb of storage is still on the UK play store and it states 2GB

Acer C7 Chromebook
CPU
Dual-core Intel® Celeron® Processor
Ports
3 x USB 2.0
1 x HDMI
1 x VGA
2-in-1 card reader supporting: SD, MMC
Memory
2 GB DDR3 RAM
320 GB Hard Drive - 5400 RPM

That's the old version of the laptop, the C7. Different design and internals.

This new model has a Haswell CPU, SSD not HDD and a new design. It's call the C720.

brainimpact says:

This is Acers 3rd version the c7, c720 and now c720p, the specifications for all Acer Chromebooks that I've found say 2GB of ram not one I've found has the 4Gb
never mind found a 4GB model C710-2487

Yeah actually there's an older C7 (C710?), then three versions of the new C720 (the Haswell model). The $249 model has 4GB RAM, $199 has 2GB, and the $299 has the touchscreen and 2GB :) .

The 4GB version is available readily on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Acer-Chromebook-11-6-Inch-Haswell-micro-architecture/dp/B00FNPD1OY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1385520016&sr=8-1&keywords=c720

Gator352 says:

I'm getting this for my daughter for Xmas! I will add 4GB of ram (if upgradable), if not, 2GB it is. As for the SSD, I have a 128GB Crucial M4 right here ready to go! Again, if not upgradable, 32GB it is.

kinster02 says:

They can keep that touch screen. I don't want smudges all over my screen and having to wipe them clean like a cellphone,but I'll take the extra storage.

TeknoBug says:

Chrome OS brings nothing to the table for me, but if I could install Linux on it, that wouldn't be a bad purchase- however 2GB ram is a huge turn off, especially in this day and age where ram requirements for many things is going up.

kenpost says:

I thought the same thing until my Acer 720p purchase .. and then pushing it to its limits (which I've barely seen). Being the ADHD TabMonster I am, I've been amazed at how well ChromeOS manages resources with all my open tabs on 2GB RAM. (I sometimes end up with 30 tabs a window, with 3 or 4 windows ... during my best / worst ADHD R&D moments ;)

As a comparison, I had to use OneTab on my MacBook Pro 16GB -- just to keep my resources in check and avoid massive disk swapping, etc.

I'm surprised and pretty delighted ... though I've yet to really push the Ubuntu side. Indeed, that may be quite a different story. However, when I purchased the ChromeBook, I did so with the clear intention of deferring most computational work to cloud instances (Linode, Digital Ocean, Cloud 9, etc.). So everything I've been able to do "locally" has just been more like a revelation.

more fire says:

Will this be available in the uk?

biggbrother2 says:

Any idea how touchscreen capability would be utilized in ChromeOS, other than zoomimng in/out and web page navigation.

Honestly those features alone make touch screen capability convenient, but I'm not sure there is much else...

JaHollen says:

There are APIs that exist and are in development that allow special support for touchscreen controls. Watch for web apps and websites to start making use of touch features.

JaHollen says:

I think 2GB is perfectly fine for now, but if any resource-intensive applications go to the web in the next year, it's going to fall flat. At some point we *will* see serious games and content creation applications in the browser, but I don't think it's possible to guess when.

tommy2teeth says:

Can chrome allocate some of the ssd storage space for memory to make up for the limited 2gb of ram? Hyper swap file for more demanding applications if needed?