Acer is reported to be launching a new 11.6-inch AC700 Chromebook. What is a Chromebook? It’s an internet connected laptop that doesn’t run Windows and instead uses Chrome OS a more powerful version of Google Chrome’s internet browser.
There’s no storage and users will store in the cloud by using services like Dropbox or Google documents. Similar to the netbook launched in 2007 Chromebooks are designed to be low cost and low power. And, no annoying updates.
“The new Acer C7 Chromebook delivers a hassle-free computing experience with speed, built-in security and the simplicity of automatic updates. It features a full-size keyboard, fully clickable trackpad, an extra bright 11.6-inch display and over 3.5 hours of battery life. Powered by an Intel Core processor, the Acer Chromebook is fast—boots up in 18 seconds, resumes instantly and high-definition videos play smoothly (yes, videos like Gangnam Style in 1080p, in case you’re one of the few left who hasn’t seen it). You can easily store your stuff on the Chromebook or in the cloud, with a 320GB hard drive and 100GB of free storage on Google Drive.”
You should be aware of the fact that the 100GB of free storage has a time limit of 2 years. You might want to research how you will be affected when the 2 years is up.
The Chromebook will be available starting tomorrow in the U.S for $199 on Google Play, BestBuy.com. It will also be available this week in select Best Buy stores. In the U.K., it’s available on Google Play, Amazon UK, PC World and Currys.
If you’d like to learn more about it from Google’s perspective, click on Google I’m sure there are some articles written already by some of the computer mavens with the pros and cons. The reviews are very mixed but the price is attractive.