Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sat 15th Feb 2014 22:02 UTC
Google When my 3+ year old DELL laptop died a few weeks back, I decided to give Chromebooks a try. So the Acer C720, at just $199, became my new laptop. This is my experience with it so far.

The Acer C720 is similar in specs to other Chromebooks currently on the market. It's a Haswell architecture with a dual core Celeron, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB flash, HDMI-out, 3 USB, webcam, Bluetooth, and a 1366x768 px screen. It's 0.8" tall, and weighs just 2.76 lbs. Its battery life is rated for 8.5 hours but in real world usage rated at about 7 hours. You can view its specs in detail here.

The laptop feels very light, sturdy and of a good build quality. Its keyboard is easy to get accustomed to, and I had no trouble at all, coming from a radically different keyboard design on the DELL. The ChromeOS function keys are really handy too, e.g. to change brightness, volume etc. The touchpad has the right size, position and responsiveness too.

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RE[2]: Great Linux machines
by Wondercool on Sun 16th Feb 2014 01:23 UTC in reply to "RE: Great Linux machines"
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Actually, apparently on the later models it seems to be easier to install Linux because Google now support an easier boot mode, I don't know the technical details but the link is here:

The RAM is soldered onto the motherboard and can't be replaced. I use 2GB on my C710 and never have any problem, but I can understand some use cases might not work. Maybe buy the 4GB version and create a swapfile.

But the good news is that the SSD can be replaced too.

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