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 dullgeek on Mon 17th Feb 2014 15:19 UTC in reply to "RE: Great Linux machines"
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I have a 2GB Acer C720 - the same model as you have, and I have successfully installed Ubuntu via crouton:

The disk space is minimal, but the native linux skype client works quite well.

As does wine, so if you dislike the native linux client you could try the windows skype client.

No, there's not enough disk to be able to do video editing. But you will be able to skype. I use it to play FullTiltPoker. And the small 16GB SSD is fine for those kinds of tasks.

For a video of what it looks like see:

Yes that was on a pixel but it works the same on my C720.

Edited 2014-02-17 15:33 UTC

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RE[3]: Great Linux machines
by Eugenia on Mon 17th Feb 2014 18:18 in reply to "RE[2]: Great Linux machines"
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Sorry but I don't find this realistic. The space is minimal as you said, it's difficult to install and not well supported. To install Ubuntu there i need more than that from both Google, the laptop manufacturer, and Ubuntu. Right now the time is not ripe for it. It's just a geek's play.

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