A New $299.99 Acer Chromebook with Better Specs

Acer has launched a new Chromebook with better specs compared to their recent $199 C7. The launch was quiet and there was no blogpost from Google this time.

Model number, for your reference sir, is Acer C710-2605.

The new Chromebook has the same 11.6-inch 1366 x 768 display and 1.1GHz dualcore Celeron processor , but doubles the RAM to 4GB and adds a larger hard-drive and battery.

chromebook  A New $299.99 Acer Chromebook with Better Specs

You get 500GB Hard Drive and  5,000 mAh battery pushing the battery life to 6 hours. It looks similar to the $199 Chromebook. We are yet to see this new Chromebook anywhere for sale. Since the holiday season is already here, I am sure it will show up somewhere very soon.

Okay Acer. But I am still a fan of the Samsung ARM Chromebook. What about you?

via Slash Gear.

 

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  • I want to get a Chromebook
    but I don’t understand the
    FREE
    Verizon hookup with it.
    What does it cover?
    How long does it last?
    What happens then?

  • Am I the only one who feels the Chromebook doesn’t need a hard drive?? That defeats the whole purpose of the Chromebook! I like the ARM better

  • Greg, you are not the only one that thinks the Chromebook doesn’t need a hard drive.

    Everytime they release a new Chromebook there’s something about it I don’t like. With the recent Samsung devices I don’t care much for the silver color. I like the Acer dark gray color, just don’t want an HDD that is slower has poor battery and is more susceptible to vibration damage.

    They need dark gray or black color, an 8 hour battery life while being as thin as possible, SSD storage, a full click multi-touch pad, a 3G/4G radio, and an IPS screen which is available in two sizes; the previous 10/11″ 1366 x 768 and a larger 13″ 1440×900 screen.

    It also needs decent performance which the first gen Samsung devices didn’t have. Perhaps the new Intel Atom tablet processors would work good while keeping 8 hour battery life?

    • @Jeff: I think you are reaching a bit there – let’s start with the Samsung Chromebook 3G as an example:

      -They need dark gray or black color: free-ish
      -SSD storage: Check
      -full click multi-touch pad: Check
      -a 3G/4G radio: If by 4G you mean LTE, add $70-$80 to the price at the moment, LTE radios (mainly patents) are expensive.
      -And an IPS screen: ~$10-$20
      -Which is available in two sizes; 10/11″ 1366 x 768 and a larger 13″ 1440×900: add a bit for the current 11.6″ model for doubling the number of SKUs, lowering economies of scale.
      -an 8 hour battery life while being as thin as possible: ~$20 onto the retail price, factoring in even more battery life needed by the IPS screen and LTE radio.

      All in all, your Chromebook would likely run close to $449 compared to the current $329 3G model. There’s a reason why Best Buy can sell these computers for $249. That’s not to say there can be improvements down the road as costs come down. I’d like to see a better display (not necessarily IPS), a slightly faster ARM processor, and a 1.3 MP camera in the next Samsung Chromebook, utilizing a similar form factor to the current $249 Chromebook.

      • I don’t mind a $500 Chromebook if the specs are satisfactory.

    • @Jeff – sorry, got to disagree – I’m growing quite fond of my silvery-colored Samsung. And you can have the 3G/4G – only one data contract at a time for me, please. If I really need cell-enabled computing, that’s what I’ve got the Android phone for. But to each his own – and isn’t that the beauty of open architecture and open software – we can all have choices? Imagine trying to give a laundry list of needs and wants to the guy at the Apple store – he’s going to tell you “it’s one size fits all, sorry”, and “that’ll be $1000(+) please”.

  • I would like the larger 8 hour battery, do not need a 320/500 Gig hard drive, instead I would like it if I could upgrade to a 64 gig SSD. I also would like a grub2 boot system that would not require me to flip the switch to developer mode. I want to dualboot the system with a 64bit Linux, and 64 gig SSd would provide more than enough room, letting me run several operating systems (Antix my favorite).

    I have tried a few on-line graphic programs, but would like the free “GIMP” software on-line, it uses scripts & layers. I have not found anything on-line powerful enough for my needs.

    • I agree nothing browser based comes close to GIMP and Photoshop yet. The closest I’ve seen is probably Sumo Paint.

  • It would be a delight if Google could assist development and create a on-line gimp site.

    I think they would have the bandwidth and storage to for having this application on-line. It certainly would boost gimp downloads, and provide a excellent graphic program to many chromebooks/chrombox users.

    Sumo paint does have layers, does it have both clone and heal tools?

    JR