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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.

Acer C720-2848 on BestBuy.com Acer C720-2848 on Amazon.com