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.
- Most affordable Chromebook yetDecent performanceHacker friendly
- Cheap materials and build qualityPoor keyboard layoutLackluster battery life
The Acer C710-2457 is a bargain among Chromebooks, but there's little else about it that makes it worth buying—or that will convince a smartphone or tablet user to convert
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- 65AVERAGE CRITIC SCORE14 ReviewsPC World50Review: Acer's C710-2457 Chromebook is a basic, baThe Acer C710-2457 is a bargain among Chromebooks, but there's little else about it that makes it worth buying—or that will convince a smartphone or tablet user to convert.PC Mag70Acer C7 Chromebook (C710-2457)The third variation on the Chromebook theme, the Acer C7 Chromebook (C710-2457) drops the price but loses a couple choice features to do so. But even with the changes it's still a bargain.CNET60Acer C710-2457 Chromebook review: Cheap ChromebookIf you want one of the least expensive Web-browsing devices that feels like a laptop but is really a Chromebook, the Acer C7 is fine. But its limitations match its price.PC Mag80Acer C7 Chromebook (C710-2055)Though it still has a couple of faults, the new version of the Acer C7 Chromebook is faster, longer lasting, and better all around. All this and its very low price tag makes it the best inexpensive Chromebook on the market.PC Mag70Acer C7 Chromebook (C710-2847)The Acer C7 Chromebook (C710-2847) isn't the slickest laptop out there, but it runs Chrome OS, has a roomy hard drive and a full selection of ports, and sells for a song. We'll overlook a lot for its $200 price tag.Ars Technica70Review: Acer's C7 Chromebook is $199 and feelin' fChrome OS is still a bit of a tough sell, but the C7 and the ARM Chromebook are both cheap enough to finally make it palatable. Neither is an especially high-quality laptop, but at these price points they're a significant step up from the tiny, cheap netbooks.Engadget70Acer C7 Chromebook review: Chrome OS on the cheap,Acer's $199 system certainly wins on price, but it looks and feels extremely cheap. It offers a fast processor along with Ethernet and VGA connectivity, but at the expense of a glossy screen, poor keyboard layout and lackluster battery life. Did we mention the sea of cheap plastics?CNET50Acer C7 Chromebook review: At $199, you get what yAt $199, the Acer C7 is an attractive proposition for anyone looking for a supercheap portable laptop, but the Chrome OS and short battery life mean you'll have to accept a lot of compromises.Pocket-Lint60Acer C7 Chromebook reviewIt might well be a budget purchase, but the screen has a poor viewing angle, battery life isn't great and the keyboard is hit and miss for typing - all of key importance to a device such as this, and all short of the acceptable threshold in each case.SlashGear70Acer C7 Chromebook ReviewIf you only want to browse the web with your notebook, and that’s it, this machine will serve you well.TechRadar50Acer C7 Chromebook reviewUltimately, we're left unmoved by the Acer C7 Chromebook. It's weird; compare it to the only slightly older Samsung Series 3 Chromebook and it looks on paper like it's better in almost every way. Put them side by side, though, and we'd pick up the Samsung every time.T380Acer C7 Chromebook reviewVersatile, rugged and surprisingly stylish, the Acer C7 Chromebook is an amazing achievement for £199, especially as 100GB of cloud storage costs half the price of this Chromebook via rivals.Computer Shopper70Acer C7 Chromebook (C710-2847) Review and RatingsAt $199, Acer and Google's newest Chromebook is practically an impulse buy—if not a must-buy—for anyone considering a 7-inch tablet but hoping to do productivity work instead of mere content consumption on the Web.TrustedReviews60Acer C7 Chromebook reviewIf you’re particularly precious about the number of keys you have under your fingertips, the size of your hard drive or the brightness of your screen - but aren’t concerned with what your laptop looks like - then by all means, check out Acer’s take on the Chromebook.
- 70AVERAGE USER SCORE6 ReviewsEngadget Reader70July 16, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition. - EngadgetEngadget Reader60January 16, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!UPDATE EDIT 5/6/14: Chrome OS on the computer crashed about a month ago. All recovery tactics specified by Google and Acer failed, and eventually I took it to the retailer for repair. The retailer couldn't recover it either and I was able to return the computer for a full refund under warranty. Overall, this computer's lasted about 8 months, much shorter than the 2 years I was projecting.I bought the Acer C710 for school in September. Things started out well and I marveled at the general speed in its performance of basic actions needed for schoolwork and entertainment. Then a week later the computer would not start up. I carry the computer around in a case and it gets knocked around a bit, but no laptop I've ever possessed has broken down in a week and it pissed me off. Apparently it was due to the connection between battery and computer malfunctioning, which is another issue that is common with the detachable battery on this computer. After getting repairs it seemed to be alright, and so far nothing like that has happened since. Regarding the Chrome OS, the UI is absolutely beautiful and I love every part of it. Chrome OS is also a lot more simplistic and as a result a lot more streamlined than, say, Windows. It can be a bit too simple, however, and there's not much to really add on in terms of software. Things like .exe files don't even work on Chrome OS. The keyboard and touchpad are reasonably good, the keyboard may be small for some, but I have small hands so so far I've been doing alright. I especially like the keyboard shortcuts put on the function keys, such as going back and forward in pages, refreshing, minimizing and maximizing windows, switching windows, et cetera. The touchpad is of a good build and multitouch gestures, though limited in number, seem effortless.But there are starting to be other issues. For one, the battery dies pretty fast off the charger and when work is being done, it's about as bad as my last $700 Lenovo Windows 15 inch. The hinge between screen and laptop body has begun coming apart, along with the bezel around the screen. For reasons I still don't know two of its three USB ports are now defunct, and the remaining one maintains iffy connections. The plastic plating on the bottom of the laptop covering its innards is jutting out as if its connection has broken, and I worry about when it will finally break. All of this from moderate everyday travel in a reasonably cushy case in a backpack. I invested $200 into this, expecting it to pay off more than the $250 Samsung and possibly live two years at least, but now I worry if it can even last a year.Engadget Reader80November 10, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I never thought about owning a chromebook, until I was in front of it. I bought it on the spot. I use it everyday for 6 to 10 hours. Chrome is brilliant! It has everything I need to stay connected with everything I do on a computer. After 2 months of running the chrome OS, I upgraded the RAM to 8 GB, put in an SSD, and installed Ubuntu. What a difference! I felt like there was always something missing with Chrome OS, but with Ubuntu on this machine, I have a machine I can use anywhere. Yes, it is less expensive than others, but it is truly brilliant in connectivity. HDMI/VGA is terrific. Portability is excellent due to its light-weight, smaller size. The screen is glossy but the color and viewing angles are good if not really good!My 80 year old father loves the one I bought for him. He said the relief of stress from trying to remember what to do (updates/security, etc) was immediate. He now uses his daily for all his reading of news papers, magazines etc. The battery life, surfing the web with 3 tabs or more open, is about 4 hours when brightness is turned down to 30%. Takes about 2 1/2 hours to recharge. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qpjTzav3kw for the Ubuntu install, which was really easy! First time user and I have had zero problems. Speakers are tinny, but plug in headphones and you'd think you were on a much more expensive machine. They are acceptable for home use for sure, get into a coffee shop or loud environment and it would be difficult to hear clearly what was coming through them.The keyboard is acceptable. Using it is very easy and it has decent feel and feedback. As with anything you are going to be using, go try it out before you buy it. Make that call for you. My experience has been quite positive with it. Wrap up:As a straight on chromebook, this Acer C7 has everything that I have on my more expensive ultrabooks. Connectivity is almost identical as to the ultrabooks. Chrome OS is really good. You don't lack for much using this laptop for doing daily things. This is not a laptop for gaming. This is not a laptop for CAD or engineering. With Ubuntu installed, there are a lot of free programs for photo-whatever-ing your doing, so much so in fact, a photographer friend said they gave up photoshop and haven't needed any other software as yet. Check out all the free programs from Ubuntu.Should you want a really great, portable laptop at a great price (Ubuntu or no), this is it. The versitility of the machine is what got me. Eight months now, using it daily, without issues. I bought a second one for home, one for my Dad, one for my friend.... you get the idea.Engadget Reader70October 4, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition. - EngadgetEngadget Reader70August 12, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition. - EngadgetEngadget Reader70November 28, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The C7 is pretty much exactly what I expected it to be: A basic, no frills, incredibly cheap netbook-style laptop. At $199, it's a steal, and it runs Chrome OS very well. The added bonus with this one is that it has an Intel Celeron processor and 320GB HDD. While the HDD makes it a little slower and heavier than Samsung's Chromebook, the combination of the fairly capacious platter and Intel processor means this Chromebook can handle other OSes with ease. Within an hour of unboxing it, I had Ubuntu up and running (thanks to this tutorial and install script (http://chromeos-cr48.blogspot.com/2012/04/chrubuntu-1204-now-with-double-bits.html). Yes, you can also install Ubuntu on ARM-based Chromebooks, but I've heard of performance issues, which are compounded by the limited storage space on the Samsung's SSD. Thanks to the Intel processor and HDD, the C7 should also be able to run Windows, though I haven't tried installing it yet. Should you buy a C7? If you're only going to use Chrome OS, I'd probably recommend spending an extra $50 and getting the Samsung. It's lighter, has longer battery life, and is better designed. But if you're looking for a dirt cheap laptop to run Ubuntu (and maybe even Windows), you're not going to find a better deal than the C7.
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