So the rumor about the new Chromebook was correct.
We were all happy with $249 price of Samsung ARM Chromebook. Now here is a Chromebook from Acer, at $199. The price is attractive, but there is a few to compromise on, and there is a bunch of things that you get extra, compared to the ARM Chromebook.
Specs New Acer Chromebook
Here is the specs for you:
- 11.6’’ (1366×768) display
- 1 inch thin – 3 lbs / 1.4 kg
- 3.5 hours of battery1
- Intel® Core™ processor
- 100 GB Google Drive Cloud Storage2 with 320 GB Hard Disk Drive
- Dual band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n and Ethernet
- HD Camera
- 3x USB 2.0
- 1x HDMI Port, 1x VGA port
So you get an Intel Core processor which is really great compared to any other Chromebook available in the market as of now. You get a 320 GB Hard Disk Drive which is great for this price, but for a Chrome OS device that is built for cloud computing, this is not really a must have. Using HDD instead of a Solid State Drive also comes with its own drawbacks. The boot up time has been estimated at 18 seconds. That is kind of ok, but the battery life has been estimated at 3.5 hours, which is very, very low comparing to the ARM Chromebook.
For me, the battery life and the overall look and feel of Samsung Chromebook seems to be more attractive than this $199 price tag of the new Acer Chromebook. However, Acer and Google has done a commendable job on packing a 320 GB HDD and an Intel Core processor in a $199 machine. If you were planning to buy a Chromebook and load Ubuntu or Windows 8 on it, this is the one you should buy.
Starting tomorrow, the Acer Chromebook will be available for $199 in the U.S. on Google Play, BestBuy.com and rolling out this week in select Best Buy stores. In the U.K., it’s available on Google Play, Amazon UK, PC World and Currys.
So, which one are you buying?