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Acer Launch New $199 Haswell-Powered Chromebook

Acer has quietly launched a second Haswell-based Chromebook priced at $199.

The (unmemorably) named ‘C720-2848‘ is virtually identical to the $250 model launched in October – the only difference being it has only 2GB of RAM compared to the older model’s 4GB.

Will that 2GB disparity matter? Chrome OS itself is a lightweight OS more than capable of running on 2GB. The more RAM you have the more tabs you can have open simultaneously, so if you’re a hardcore web surfer you might find it worth while to pony up the extra $50 for the 4GB version.

Less RAM and a cheaper price really are the only differentiators. CPU, SSD and screen resolution all remain on par with the previous, marginally-pricier model.

  • Intel Celeron Haswell CPU @ 1.4Ghz
  • 16GB SSD
  • 11.6″ Display (1366 x 768)
  • 8.5 Hour Battery Life
  • 0.75″ thick case weighing 2.76Ibs 
  • Wifi, HDMI Out, USB 3.0 and 2.0 Ports
  • 100GB of Free Google Drive Storage

Buy the Acer C720-2848 Chromebook

Acer has made this revised model available in the US from today. Both BestBuy and Amazon are listing it for sale. Information on worldwide availability is yet to be revealed.

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  • S. Murphy

    I have the 2 gb RAM hp the first one they made and I can easily surf 8 tabs at a time . From what I know the haswell processor extends battery life. That’s probably the deciding factor right there.

  • pcnotpc

    Can the RAM be upgraded easily by the end user?

    • SweetBearCub

      No, the RAM is soldered to the motherboard.

      • Craig

        No, dumbass, it’s PoP-mounted above the CPU.

    • Guest

      They should, or at least sell with 4gb… It would be such an awesome experience if it did. Sometimes I have to close tabs and refresh some others. Sometimes I can´t watch youtube properly. I would pay more for more ram

  • Kenny Strawn

    Here’s what my AC700-1099’s (also with only 2GB of RAM, and a two-year-old Atom N570 CPU besides) chrome://system page shows regarding ZRAM statistics:

    zram compressed data size: 133
    zram original data size: 8192

    And 8192 / 133 = approximately a 61.5x compression rate. Don’t know about you, but that’s definitely enough for RAM to not be too much of an issue…