70
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Score
70

A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.

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Acer C7 Chromebook review: Chrome OS on the cheap, but at what cost?

Summary

Acer's $199 system certainly wins on price, but it looks and feels extremely cheap. It offers a fast processor at the expense of a poor keyboard layout and lackluster battery life.

from $339.99+
Pros
  • Most affordable Chromebook yetDecent performanceHacker friendly
Cons
  • Cheap materials and build qualityPoor keyboard layoutLackluster battery life
Acer C7 Chromebook review: Chrome OS on the cheap, but at what cost?

It's been just over a month since Google unveiled its gorgeous and affordable $249 Samsung Chromebook only to surprise us days later with an even cheaper system, the $199 Acer C7 Chromebook. At first glance, these two laptops are very similar, both in purpose (cloud-based computing on a budget) and in specs (11.6-inch display, dual-core CPU, 2GB of RAM), but there are significant differences under the hood. Samsung's offering achieves its svelte form factor, 6.5-hour battery life and attractive price via a fully integrated and fanless ARM-based design while Acer takes a more conservative approach -- cramming standard off-the-shelf components like a 2.5-inch hard drive, small-outline memory module, mini-PCIe WiFi card, and Intel Celeron processor into a traditional netbook-like chassis. Does being $50 cheaper make up for the C7's lack of sex appeal and short 4-hour battery life? What other compromises in performance and build quality (if any) were made to achieve this lower cost? Most importantly, which budget Chromebook is right for you? Find out after the break.

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Scores

Engadget

70
 

Breakdown

Portability (size / weight)
6.6
Design and form factor
6.4
Durability
7.3
Speed and features
7.3
Expandability
8.0
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Specs

C7

Type
Midsize
Bundled OS
Other
Processor speed
1.1 GHz
Video outputs
HDMI, VGA
System RAM
3 GB
Maximum battery life
Up to3.5 hour
Pointing device
Trackpad
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Specs

C7

Type
Midsize
Bundled OS
Other
Processor speed
1.1 GHz
Video outputs
HDMI, VGA
System RAM
3 GB
Maximum battery life
Up to3.5 hour
Pointing device
Trackpad
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