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There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

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Acer C720 review (Core i3): a more powerful Chromebook

As the first Chromebook with a Core i3 processor, the Acer C720 offers modest performance gains over its rivals, along with equally long battery life. You might want to wait and see if other laptop makers come out with something a little better designed -- perhaps with a nicer screen. Even so, at this price, the C720 remains a good value in its own right.

Pros
  • Core i3 processor offers modest, but noticeable performance gains
  • Battery life keeps pace with lower-powered models
  • Generally a good value, especially considering the price
Cons
  • Screen has poor viewing angles
  • Generally cheap build quality, including a shallow keyboard
  • Only Acer's lower-end Chromebook is offered with a touchscreen
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Model
2848

Key Specs

Type
Ultraportable
Bundled OS
Linux
Processor speed
1.4 GHz
Video outputs
HDMI
System RAM
2 GB
Maximum battery life
Up to8.5 hour
Pointing device
Trackpad

General

Type
Ultraportable
Bundled OS
Linux (Chrome OS)

Processor

Processor make
Intel (Celeron) (2995U)
Processor speed
1.4 GHz

Optical media

Optical drive
no

Networking

WiFi
yes (802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n) (WEP, WPA, WPA2)
Ethernet
None
Mobile broadband
yes
Analog modem
None

Video

Graphics adapter
Integrated
Video outputs
HDMI

Memory details

RAM bus / speed
DDR3

Other features

Docking station port
no
Fingerprint reader
no
IR port
no
Integrated webcam
yes
Security lock slot
no
Case lighting
no
WiDi
no
NFC
no

Memory and storage (basic)

System RAM
2 GB

Battery

Maximum battery life
Up to8.5 hour

Input

Keyboard
yes
Pointing device
Trackpad

Connections

USB
3.0, 2.0 (1 port(s)) (1 port(s))
Thunderbolt
no
FireWire / 1394
no

Audio

Audio outputs
3.5mm
Audio channels
Stereo
Speakers
Stereo

Memory card reader

Memory card reader
yes (microSD)

Removable disks

Removable disk drive
no
Model
2800

Key Specs

Type
Ultraportable
Bundled OS
Linux
Processor speed
1.4 GHz
Video outputs
HDMI
System RAM
4 GB
Maximum battery life
Up to8.5 hour
Pointing device
Trackpad

General

Type
Ultraportable
Bundled OS
Linux (Chrome OS)

Processor

Processor make
Intel (Celeron) (2995U)
Processor speed
1.4 GHz

Optical media

Optical drive
no

Networking

WiFi
yes (802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n) (WEP, WPA, WPA2)
Ethernet
None
Mobile broadband
yes
Analog modem
None

Video

Graphics adapter
Integrated
Video outputs
HDMI

Memory details

RAM bus / speed
DDR3

Other features

Docking station port
no
Fingerprint reader
no
IR port
no
Integrated webcam
yes
Security lock slot
no
Case lighting
no
WiDi
no
NFC
no

Memory and storage (basic)

System RAM
4 GB

Battery

Maximum battery life
Up to8.5 hour

Input

Keyboard
yes
Pointing device
Trackpad

Connections

USB
3.0, 2.0 (1 port(s)) (1 port(s))
Thunderbolt
no
FireWire / 1394
no

Audio

Audio outputs
3.5mm
Audio channels
Stereo
Speakers
Stereo

Memory card reader

Memory card reader
yes (microSD)

Removable disks

Removable disk drive
no
Model
C720P

Key Specs

Type
Ultraportable
Bundled OS
Linux
Processor speed
1.4 GHz
Video outputs
HDMI
System RAM
2 GB
Maximum battery life
Up to8.5 hour
Pointing device
Trackpad

General

Type
Ultraportable
Bundled OS
Linux (Chrome OS)

Processor

Processor make
Intel (Celeron) (2965U)
Processor speed
1.4 GHz

Optical media

Optical drive
no

Networking

WiFi
yes (802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n) (WEP, WPA, WPA2)
Ethernet
None
Mobile broadband
yes
Analog modem
None

Video

Graphics adapter
Integrated
Video outputs
HDMI

Memory details

RAM bus / speed
DDR3

Other features

Docking station port
no
Fingerprint reader
no
IR port
no
Integrated webcam
yes
Security lock slot
no
Case lighting
no
WiDi
no
NFC
no

Memory and storage (basic)

System RAM
2 GB

Battery

Maximum battery life
Up to8.5 hour

Input

Keyboard
yes
Pointing device
Trackpad

Connections

USB
3.0, 2.0 (1 port(s)) (1 port(s))
Thunderbolt
no
FireWire / 1394
no

Audio

Audio outputs
3.5mm
Audio channels
Stereo
Speakers
Stereo

Memory card reader

Memory card reader
yes (microSD)

Removable disks

Removable disk drive
no
Model
Core i3

Key Specs

Processor speed
1.7 GHz

Processor

Processor make
Intel (Core i3) (Intel Core i3-4005U)
Processor speed
1.7 GHz