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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Different conclusion
by dsmogor on Sun 16th Feb 2014 21:00 UTC
dsmogor
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2005-09-01

For me the conclusion after reading the review was a bit different.
If you happen to do anything productive on your computer aside from pure information gathering work, the Chrome OS will only set artificial limitations for you. Even such web-centric activity as blogging proves to be a serious hindrance on the machine. Ever more if private information control is of *any* concern.
Even such unwieldy combination as an Android tablet + phy keyboard looks to be light years ahead here.

Edited 2014-02-16 21:06 UTC

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RE: Different conclusion
by calden on Mon 17th Feb 2014 14:16 in reply to "Different conclusion"
calden Member since:
2012-02-02

Blogging is extremely easy with the Chromebox, what blog doesn't support web interfaces, none, they all have one. The Chromebook/box is actually one of the best blogging machines out there. Please, people, if you haven't used a Chrome device for at least a week your opinion is absolutely mute. I'm currently watching an episode of Real Detectives at 720P on my connected Samsung TV, while I'm compiling a program in the background, posting to this forum and am in a Hangouts call with my mother who lives in the US, I'm in Switzerland, she likes to watch/listen to what I am doing during the day, even if we're not talking. There are no hiccup's, no error messages, smooth as a Baileys Irish Cream cocktail.

Edited 2014-02-17 14:16 UTC

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