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Can a Chromebook have both performance and long battery life? That’s the promise of Acer’s C720 Chromebook, which uses a Celeron chip based on the Intel Haswell architecture. Even better: The 11.6-inch Chromebook starts at $249.

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The wait for a Chromebook with Intel’s fourth-generation chip is nearly over: Acer announced the C720 Chromebook on Thursday, making it available for pre-orders on Amazon. Starting at $249.99, the new Chromebook will be available in various configurations in the coming weeks.

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With the Celeron 2955U processor based on Intel’s Haswell micro-architecture, Acer says to expect up to 8.5 hours of battery life. Performance of the device should be better than other Chromebooks in this price range as well: aside from the newer chipset, the C720 includes 4 GB of memory. 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi is supported; I wouldn’t be surprised to see mobile broadband added as an available option in the near future.

The 11.6-inch screen keeps what’s generally been a “standard” Chromebook resolution of 1366 x 768. Acer was able to slim the device down from the prior model: It weighs 2.76 pounds and is 0.75-inches thick; that’s down from 3 pounds and 1.09-inches. There’s a pair of USB ports — one is 2.0 and one is 3.0 — plus an SD card reader.

All in all, this looks like an attractive combination of hardware on paper. The device looks more like a small Ultrabook rather than a Chromebook. And it promises both performance and a long-lasting battery. Does the C720 deliver on that promise? I’ll know in a few days as a review unit is on the way.

  1. I am interested in knowing more about the battery life. I’ve been looking into getting one, but from most reviews the battery life seems to be only 4 hours – not that good.
    If an Android tablet or iPad can run for 8-10 hours, then I think a Chromebook should do better than 4.

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    1. Bruce, those reviews are for the prior model; this one is brand new and review units haven’t even shipped yet. I have one on the way and will give it a review.

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  2. Kevin, at this rate, you’re going to spend the rest of the month reviewing Chromebooks. The Nexus 5 event hasn’t even happened yet, either!

    PS – I didn’t see a mention that this one has a 16GB SSD (as opposed to the 320GB spinner in the last Acer model).

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