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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by calden on Sun 16th Feb 2014 09:47 UTC
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Install Crouton along side ChromeOS. The install script is extremely easy to follow. Since you only have 2GB of ram I would install Debian with XFCE. This will install Linux in the same run time as ChromeOS and you can jump back and forth with CTRL+ALTF+F1/F2. I would have defiantly bought the 4GB version however, 2GB even 4GB is just not enough anymore. I know it's hindsight but it's only a 100 dollars and some changer more and you would have had the opportunity to install 16GB of RAM. Best Buy installed the memory for free when I bought mine so the argument of not wanting to tinker falls flat. Costco also sells the HP 14" for 330.00 with 4GB if the Acer brand doesn't thrill some people. I recently purchased one for my mother and I have to say the HP 11 & 14 models are defiantly the best built and looking out of the bunch. I know 200 seems like a good deal but it is just not worth being locked into a machine that won't satisfy your needs, especially in the long run. 2GB is just not enough for the Chromebook I see the Acer 720's with 4GB on eBay going for 330 new as well.

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