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Acer to bring its first Chromebook to U.S.

Written by James Delahunty @ 29 Jun 2011 2:11 User comments (3)

Acer to bring its first Chromebook to U.S. Acer America announces forthcoming U.S. launch of Acer AC700 Chromebook.
The AC700 (pictured) is the first in Acer's planned line of products that will run Google's Chrome operating system. The company says its first Chromebook is ideal for savvy mobile consumers, educational institutions, and business people that spend most of their time on the Internet for cloud computing such as using web-based email, uploading photos to sites like Flickr and Picasa, and keeping up-to-date on the latest news and events.

Powered by a dual-core Intel Atom processor, the AC700 boots up to Chrome in less than 10 seconds, and resumes almost instantly. It features an 11.6-inch HD Widescreen CineCrystalTM LED-backlit LCD, and a HDMI output to watch content on high-definition televisions and other displays.

The Intel Atom N570 dual-core processor and 2GB of DDR3 memory provide the performance to speed through the web, access files, enjoy video and more. It has a 16GB SSD for storage, has two USB 2.0 ports and a 4-in-1 card reader that accepts popular flash storage.

Acer InviLink Nplify 802.11b/g/n Wifi Certified will keep customers connected to the Internet. To support this always-on connection, the Acer AC700 provides excellent battery life of up to six hours with its 6-cell battery.

The Acer AC700 Chromebook is available this month in the United States at Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Prices starting at $349.99. A model with 3G broadband wireless capabilities will be coming this summer.

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3 user comments

129.6.2011 02:26

Chromebook is ideal for no one at that price, honestly. I don't see the market. Why not get a laptop or netbook with Windows 7 on it for about the same price that can do what the chromebook can do and more. Might be cool for organizations to buy in bulk, but I really don't see the appeal for normal consumers.

(Posted from my CR-48)

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229.6.2011 04:55

I honestly don't know either...Chrome is free and Windows isn' why are windows netbooks $50 less than similar Chromebooks?

There was a time when I thought that the chromebook was completely pointless since you can just install chrome on a windows netbook and have both operating systems for $50 less...but I found a problem with that logic. Chrome is designed for techno-idiots; people who just got email last week and who think that an MP3 is some kind of a small CD that you can buy at local stores. If you have ever installed an application, then Chrome is below you.

329.6.2011 12:49

I remember thinking when it was first announced (to my attention anyhow) that I just don't understand... I haven't looked in a while, but it's pretty much just an OS that is really only a modified browser isn't it? Just internet and web-based apps right?

Even to idiots that's no good, especially at such a high price for so little. If it were closer to a grand I'd call it worse than an Apple product; hell, it may still be since MacOS's are at least kind of an actual OS...

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