C7 Chromebook gets upgraded with better battery and more RAM.
The cheapest chromebook around, the 11.6-inch Acer AC700 for $199, was certainly a good seller for Acer, but it came at a cost to its customers. It had a miserable 4 hour battery. The performance of this notebook with chrome OS wasn’t bad, especially for a 2GB RAM and $199 price tag.
Acer had just announced an option to larger 4GB RAM for extra $60 and a more powerful battery taking you to more comfortable 6 hours on a charge. The Acer chromebooks are popular by schools for its price, 18 seconds boot and easy to use Google products. It weighs 1.38 kg (3.05 lb).
Acer C710 notebook is powered by 1.1 GHz Intel Celeron 847 chip and 4GB of RAM. It has a 1.3 megapixel front facing camera sitting on top of 11.6-inch Widescreen CineCrystal LCD display. There is an integrated 802.11b/g/n WiFi for this chromebook to work. Gmail can be read offline, but as Chromebooks go, not much else can be done when you’re not connected. There are 3 USB 2.0 ports, 1 HDMI port, VGA port, Kensington lock, 2-in-1 card reader, Ethernet and audio jack. The storage available is 320GB HDD, and AcerCloud, which stores all your files on hard drive for 30 days so you can access them even when you’re not connected.
The new Acer C710-2055 Chromebook with 4GB of RAM and 6 hour battery will cost $279. You can place a preorder on Amazon already.
“Chromebooks are an ideal option for schools and districts that want to quickly implement a technology program that will significantly enhance student learning,” said Gregg Prendergast, vice president, U.S. Commercial Sales, Acer America. “The Acer C7 Chromebook delivers the advanced capabilities that will help students excel in all areas of their education. In addition, the Acer C7 Chromebook is incredibly affordable as a stand-alone product, and even more affordable when schools consider the reduced total cost of ownership thanks to its manageability and security features.”
Acer had shown major revenue losses last year and AC700 chromebook was their only sector actually making money. Acer is still the fourth largest PC maker, but it is planning a massive expansion of smartphone sector to reach projected to 1.5 million smartphones sold this year, and taking it further to 5 million in 2014. The current sales numbers indicate a 6.68 percent rise from January, so we’re hoping 2013 will be a better year for Acer.
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