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Acer Gives Their C7 Chromebook a Bump in Specs, Battery Life and Speed Improved


One of the biggest selling points of the Chromebook lineup was supposed to be the dependable battery life, thanks to the light Chrome operating system and hardware. When Acer launched their take on the Chromebook a few weeks back, it was criticized for the fact that it only came with 3-4 hours of advertised battery life. Acer took that criticism to heart and is now releasing an upgraded C7 laptop with better specs. 

The first thing that Acer tackled was the battery life, moving up to a 6-cell battery array that promises a workable 6 hours of battery life. Next up was the RAM, which they ended up doubling to 4GB. All of these specs only raises the cost $80 over the original C7 to $280. Certainly a bargain when you compare it to the $1,300 Pixel that was announced recently.

Does a Chromebook at this price with lesser specs interest you more than the crazy-expensive Pixel?

Via: TechnoBuffalo

  • Scott Hartman

    I’d rather have the Pixel, but I admit that this device is a more likely replacement if my Samsung Series 5 Chromebook were to give out on short notice.

  • I’m on my original one now, and while the battery life isn’t that great, I’m a fan of it.

  • S2556

    I think I am going to tell my parents to get a chrome book. All they do is check email, go on facebook, web browsing anyway. Neither are good with technology. Sounds like a perfect match. Plus I can tinker with it here and there and watch android move in (hopefully)
    Does anyone have a recommendation? I see the sammy one is liked around here

    • Austin Warren

      Samsung. Best selling product on Amazon for pretty long. Well built also. Better than HP and Acer.

    • Seanski

      Definitely the Samsung one.

      • She_Beast

        Yeah. Easy call, that.

  • Austin Warren

    Like i said earlier, if Android and Chrome OS merge, I’ll be all over the Pixel. Then I can laugh at all the Macbook retina users when I had the better screen for $1400 less.

    • But you still won’t be able to do a fraction of the things you can on a Mac book or any computer for that matter. I’ll take a beefed up $700 laptop over a $1300 web browser.

      • Austin Warren

        That probably won’t last long because it’s Windows. Chrome OS will be a Windows competitor once they combine.

  • hatboysam

    Love my Samsung Chromebook, definitely prefer it to the Acer. The Samsung is about the same size as the 11″ MBA, which is the size you’d expect given the functionality. Wouldn’t want something as big as the Acer, in that case I’d carry around my big laptop.

  • C-Law

    I think I’d consider a Chromebook if it had a 14 inch display and 8 hours battery life and was around $350

  • nightscout13

    6 hours still seems low, for such a large framed device. They could have inserted a tablet style battery behind the LCD, and make it a 10 hour battery life…..

    • Austin Warren

      Most people in college don’t have 6 hours in a row, and elderly people don’t ever leave the house. So that’s pointless to have so much battery in the first place.

      • nightscout13

        I’ve never heard anyone complain of a long battery life. The less it has to be plugged into the wall, the better. I’d like to go 3-4 days and not have to remember if I charged it or not. I already have so many devices that need to be plugged in daily, i’m sick of it…..

      • michael arazan

        This is a portable device so it needs longer battery life.

  • I’ll stick with my CR-48

  • jack kramer

    quick question?
    Who provides the hardware for Chromebook pixel?

    • JetBlue

      Pretty sure it’s all google made.

      • Jason Bittner

        Google dont “make” anything.

        • JolleyMan

          Except money.

    • vadster8

      Quite certain I heard Lenovo builds the Pixel.

      • Austin Warren

        I heard that as well but considering how terrible their build quality has been lately, I find that highly doubtful.

  • hkklife

    No reason to raise the price $80. The BOM on those upgrades is negligible at best. Acer could have held the line on the price and/or just bumped it up by $30 or so. Maybe they saw the Pixel and decided that being greedy & moving upmarket was the way to go! Samsung’s entry at $250 is still the best bang for the book in Chromebooks…but like r0lct said, I wouldn’t spend a dime on any Chromebook (or even anything Android-based) between now and I/O!

    • Dylan Patel

      …. So how would they pay for the better battery and RAM, 80$ is a little too much, but I don’t think Acer could just eat the profits.

  • r0lct

    Still plan on buying a 3g Samsung chromebook, waiting until I/O to pull the trigger in case there’s a big merger announcement.

  • I can speak grok experience with the $250 Samsung Chromebook, that they are well worth the price.

  • I’ll stick with my Samsung Chromebook for $249

    • tharealoc

      i like mine too, but the trackpad sticking when pressure is on the palm rest while on my lap gets annoying

      • She_Beast

        Considering how crappy most trackpads are on non-Apple laptops, I think the Samsung one is more than good for the price.

    • Seanski

      Agreed. The Sammy is thinner, faster (flash SSD instead of a HDD) looks better, and now is cheaper.