Video look at Acer’s $199 C7 Chromebook: Not bad!

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Google(s goog) and Acer launched a new Chromebook earlier this week and there are a few differences compared to prior versions of Chrome OS laptops. For starters, the Acer C7 is the lowest price device in this class yet at just $199. And unlike all other Chromebooks, this one has a traditional, magnetic hard-drive with 320 GB of storage capacity, which could be handy as more web apps work offline. You still get a free 100 GB of Google Drive storage with this model and there’s an SD card reader for additional expansion.

So is this essentially a cut-rate Chromebook? Not really, as you can see in my video overview.

Although I’ve only used the new C7 for part of a day, it can certainly fit in my daily workflow: I’ve been using a $449 Samsung Series 5 550 Chromebook full-time since I bought it in June. But you have to like glossy displays and be able to live with a 3.5 hour battery life on the C7. I’m not sure I could do that, but that’s a personal preference. Surprisingly, there are some things I like better on this $199 Chromebook: It has an HD front camera and a better keyboard layout that includes a Caps Lock key. And with the 1.1 GHz Intel(s intc) Celeron 847 chip, performance is nearly that of my current device and faster than the $249 ARM-based Series 3 Chromebook.

I’ll have more thoughts as I spend more time with the C7, so stay tuned!

79 Comments

Kevin C. Tofel

Yes, it can through Google+ / Google Talk. Any other web-based video chat would work as well but not any video call apps, since you can’t install apps.

Sue

Think ive made a big mistake.

Bought this thinking I could use it like a notebook e.g. offline, with MS office and to basically run language training software but think this is the wrong item.

Or am I wrong?

Guillermo

You can but you have to work a lot to get there and once you get there people say the game is basically unplayable.

Akemi

Question: I’m looking to buy this machine to surf the web, work (using web apps) play music and play my games via Big Fish, which I download. Since this has an internal hard drive, is this possible?

Kevin C. Tofel

Does the Big Fish service require an external app to be installed or is it simply installing web games locally? If the latter, it should work. If you have to install a player or app to use the games, it won’t likely work.

Bill

Have you had problems with Netflix on the c7? Also, I am a writer and am currently in the beginning stages of writing a novel. Is there an application on the c7 that would accommodate this type of writing?

Kevin C. Tofel

Netflix works fine on the C7. As far as writing, you would have to use some type of cloud service such as Google Docs or Zoho, but it can certainly be used for writing a book.

Yadaiah

I want to buy it where it is available in India Hyderabad get me the address or contact me at 09985566452

clark156

Great review, just one question – can you download say a word or doc file from gmail to the 320 gb hd?

Akemi Harrison

Question: I’m looking to buy this machine to surf the web, work (using web apps) play music and play my games via Big Fish, which I download. Since this has an internal hard drive, is this possible?

KMAN

I BOUGHT THE C710-2847 WITH THE INTENT OF DUALBOOTING UBUNTU. i HAVE REMOVED THE BOTTOM AND REPLACED THE HDD WITH A SDD. i HAVE LOADED UP MEMORY TO 8 GB,. i HAVE NOT NOTICED ANY PERFORMANCE BOOST. i HAVE ALSO NOT NOTICED ANY WAY TO ENTER DEVELOPER MODE! YOU CAN’T DO ANY MORE THAN GOOGLE WANTS YOU TO WITHOUT DEVELOPER MODE.

KMAN

REME

If you are serious, there’s a video out there that shows how to enter developer mode on the C7. Just google it.

dpbcanon

Three hours of battery life is enough for me that is what the charger is for im getting the acer because it more bang for the buck.

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