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conclusion:We like it

79 December 12th 2013 2:55 pm

It's not the flashiest laptop, and it doesn't have the best display, but Acer's latest Chromebook has a lot of inner beauty to make up for a mediocre exterior that Computer Shopper calls "humdrum." The 1366 x 768 display is also pretty pedestrian, but Laptop Magazine finds it "sharp enough for viewing photos, reading text and streaming video." However, the C720's real strength is in handling basic computing tasks, and Ars Technica says it gives "you an impressive amount of computing power for your hard-earned bucks, "and its Haswell chip allows the C720 to "deliver outstanding battery life," according to Computerworld. The limitations of Chrome OS still keep it from being a daily driver for most users, but for those who just need an internet-only laptop the $229 C720 offers good bang for the buck.

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Critic reviews

7.3
13 reviews
  • Speed and features
    7.8
  • Design and form factor
    6.7
  • Battery life
    8.3
  • Display
    6.3
  • Durability
    7.0
  • Expandability
    7.3
  • Noise
    8.0
  • Portability (size / weight)
    8.4

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User reviews

8.8
12 reviews
8.0
PC Mag Oct 30, 2013

The Acer C720 (C720-2800) comes closer to Chromebook nirvana, but we still haven't reached that level yet. It's a couple of tweaks from being the perfect low cost bridge between mobile device and full-fledged laptop.

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7.0
Ars Technica Oct 25, 2013

We’re getting very close to what I would consider the perfect Chromebook this year, but use either the HP Chromebook 11 or the Acer C720 for long and you’ll see that we’re not quite there yet.

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7.0
CNET Feb 13, 2014

The Acer Chromebook C720P manages to get better at all the key things, adding up to a little laptop alternative that's better than any budget Chromebook we've seen before.

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6.0
Computerworld Oct 18, 2013

The problem is that while the C720 feels like a next-gen system on the inside, it feels like last year's low-end computer on the outside. Its display is disappointing, its keyboard is unpleasant to use, its design is uninspired and its build quality mediocre at best.

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8.0
SlashGear Oct 25, 2013

The laptop is a step ahead of many other competing Chromebooks, and is more than able to hold its own as an everyday laptop for those who do basic tasks: media, email, Internet, chatting, word processing, and such.

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9.0
TechRadar Dec 9, 2013

We don't reccomend the Acer C720, or any Chromebook, for that matter, as someone's main machine. It's as a computing sidekick that the C720 shines, a machine you can forget to charge.

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8.0
The Verge Oct 23, 2013

There are better computers on the market than the C720, but not for under $250, which ultimately seals the deal.

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7.0
Computer Shopper Oct 29, 2013

Chromebook was peppy in our tests, with good battery life and a nice mix of ports, but you feel and see the low price in its styling, screen, and keyboard.

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7.0
TrustedReviews Feb 6, 2014

Putting the average screen and frustrations with the keyboard/touchpad aside, the Acer Chromebook C720 is still a great value for money laptop.

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8.0
HotHardware Dec 3, 2013

If you’re looking for a straight-up notebook replacement you may find the Acer C720 somewhat lacking, but if you're looking for a secondary device that's enjoyable to use and won't cost you much, you’ll probably dig this machine.

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8.0
Expert Reviews Jan 29, 2014

... Chrome OS’s offline support still needs a little work, but it’s hard to complain when the C720 is such a bargain. If all you need is a no-nonsense laptop where you can get online easily and take with you on the move, the C720 could be for you. It wins a Budget Buy award.

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6.0
Mobile Tech Review Oct 21, 2013

Honestly, you get a solidly built, though decidedly unsexy machine for the price. It has a matte 1366 x 768 display, Bluetooth, dual band WiFi, a decent keyboard and trackpad and good battery life. So what's the catch? It's a Chromebook.

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First Looks

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Engadget Sep 11, 2013

The 11.6-inch 1366 x 768 resolution display is a little on the small side, but still looks crisp and colorful enough to our eyes. The raised chiclet keyboard feels tactile and comfortable to use, and Acer wisely chose to adhere to the standard Chromebook keyboard layout.

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ZDNet Oct 17, 2013

Of the many Chromebooks tested, the Acer is easily the fastest with the exception of the Chromebook Pixel. The Pixel costs over $1,000 more than the Acer so that's to be expected.

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Pocket-Lint Sep 11, 2013

The latest C7, however, boots up in just 8 seconds - more than doubling its load time by comparison. That's partly down to the 16GB SSD on board to keep everything that much nippier...It's small, it's simple-looking, and it's got the majority of what you'll need for simple tasks.

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9.0
blurocket9 blurocket9

When I wanted a small portable PC after my Dell Inspiron bit the dust I was in between a tablet and another PC. Being budget minded and keeping functionality in mind I wanted a small portable device where I would be able to watch Netflix, read email, create documents and be productive. When I saw...

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10
romor3156 romor3156

Does everything for me that I could possibly want. The keyboard is rock solid. Mouse pad is sensitive and works as good as any I have ever used. Took me mere minutes to set up including adding a wireless printer. The toolbar icons make it simple to do everything I want. Is unbelievable that I can...

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10
zxc314 zxc314

Design: functional and even plain but really harkens back to a simpler time in computing when computers were designed totally functionally and looked like they were made for the hackers and programmers who used them rather than being designed for everyone by graphic and industrial designers and...

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10
jamesfromuk jamesfromuk

Excellent - does what it says on the tin Good when you connect your phone via USB it treats it as an Ethernet connection Bad could not tether to Samsung S4 via Bluetooth (phone issue or chromebook issue??)

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9.0
scensorECHO scensorECHO

This is a Chromebook. That is what you are buying. This one presented, to me, the absolute best value at $200. I have made all my ratings with respect to the price. I honestly think they dropped the ball on the display and that's about it; The viewing angles aren't so great but good enough to...

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9.0
joelhamill joelhamill

This is a great little web surfing and simple computing device. The perfect size and weight to be extremely portable and easy to use. Excellent for getting rid of the complexities of a full blown operating system.

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7.0
REASONTOUSE REASONTOUSE

A good value for money chromebook but lacks a wow factor. Poor display is disappointing however the price to specification ratio is excellent.

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