Today Google and Acer announced a new Chromebook, the Acer C7, that will go on sale tomorrow for $199.
The new Acer C7 has an 11.6-inch display and runs the latest version of Chrome OS like the recent New Samsung Chromebook.
Unlike the New Samsung Chromebook which uses an ARM-based Exynos processor the Acer C7 Chromebook uses an Intel Core processor like most other notebooks. The Intel Core processor means the C7 is powerful enough to play 1080p videos from YouTube and can boot in just 18 seconds.
The downside is the processor eats more battery, giving users only 3.5 hours of battery life. That’s roughly 1.5 hours less than a similarly sized MacBook Air. Though the MacBook Air costs five times as much for the base model.
The Acer C7 does have more storage space than the MacBook Air, however. The C7 houses a 320GB HDD for storing files. Chrome OS doesn’t need a lot of storage because its apps are all web apps, but the storage space is great for accessing files when offline or for importing photos from a camera.
The Acer C7 also comes with 100GB of Google Drie storage for two years for additional storage.
Google will sell the Acer C7 in the Google Play Store starting tomorrow. Best Buy will also sell the Chromebook online tomorrow with units arriving in stores sometime this week.
At $199 the Acer C7 Chromebook is the same price as the base model of the Nexus 7 or the Kindle Fire HD. It’s one of the few notebooks to reach that low price point since the netbook market gave way to tablets. The C7 is more powerful than the netbooks of a few years ago, but it is still limited in what it can do compared to a notebook or arguably even a tablet with the same price tag.