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Acer’s New Core i3 Chromebook Now Shipping from Amazon US

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Acer’s new i3 Chromebook

Both of Acer’s new Intel Core i3 Chromebooks are in stock and ready for shipping from retail giant Amazon in the US. 

Acer’s iterative update to the successful C720 line was formally introduced earlier this month at which point pre-orders went live at a number of online merchants.

As of this week, the notebook is available to buy in the US.

The model was subject to a barrage of leaks, rumours and accidental store listings, giving buyers plenty of heads-up as to its arrival.

So what’s so special about it?

Acer C720-3871 Specifications

The use of the latest 4th generation Intel Core i3 processor means the notebook should post impressive speeds compared to its Celeron kin but also continue to limit the draw on battery to a minimum.

Despite the power efficiency the Acer C720-3x series models are not fanless.

  • Dual-core Intel Core i3-4005U @ 1.7GHz
  • 2 or 4GB DDR3L SDRAM
  • 32GB SSD
  • 11.6-Inch LED-backlit Display
  • Intel HD Graphics 4400
  • 8.5-hour battery life
  • 1x USB 2, 1x USB 3, Bluetooth, HDMI, SD Card
  • Weighs 1.25 kg

US Pricing & Availability

As expected, the 2GB model is retailing at $349.99 (as of published date) and is listed as ‘In Stock’ on Amazon.com. 

Acer C720 i3 (2GB) Chromebook on Amazon US

The 4GB model is virtually identical to the cheaper model but ships with 4GB of low voltage memory on board rather than 2GB. The price bump is minimal, with an RRP of $379.99. Amazon also lists this model as available for immediate shipping.

Acer C720 i3 (4GB) Chromebook on Amazon US

  • ap3604

    IPS screen like the HP Chromebook 11 or GTFO.

  • Joseph Dickson

    Impressive and keeping the C720 name is smart branding move too.

  • http://linnertmedia.de/ Andreas Linnert

    I’d love to know if you can use a 1440p screen on its HDMI port. I do have a Intel NUC with a i5-4250U CPU and there it works.

  • David Li

    IMHO, most people do not need an i3 on their chromebook. The Haswell Celeron on the original C720 is enough. What the C720 desperately needs is a better display, preferably a 1080p IPS panel.
    Though, this i3 Chromebook + a 120 GB M.2 SSD would make a really decent Ubuntu netbook.

    • Joseph Dickson

      I agree, the i3 may be overkill today, but it may help increase the life of the system.

  • Frederic MANSON

    Good specs but not being fanless is a flaw. And what about an IPS screen??? I am fortunate to have an HP 11. I am waiting for the Acer CB5-311 full options. I hope that an IPS screen will be proposed…

    • Douglas

      You realize that it can’t be fanless if it has an i3 right?

      • Frederic MANSON

        They could be fanless if the internal airflow conduct is much more designed. Intakes could be disposed at the front and at the sides and out-takes at the rear. With a physic principle, the fresh air is attired inside when the hot air is freely going outside. Industrial chassis use this concept with i3/i5 and i7. So, why not ultrabooks??? I worked on some military laptops with the same concept: silent and efficient. What else???!!

        • Joseph Dickson

          I don’t think it would sale very well. All the higher end qualities people are asking for increase the cost. Once Chromebooks hit $500 they have to contend with more competition. The frugal consumer would quickly pass and I don’t think Chromebooks are marketed to hobbyists such as ourselves.

    • syntheticMedia

      How so? I can barely hear the one on my c720 celeron, doesnt run that frequently and certainly ensures the device internals are nice and cool.

  • Tom Wrensch

    Amazon (in the US) sent me an email saying my c720 i3 4GB shipped, so that one is definitely available.

    In reply to David Li’s comment on the c720 needing a better screen more than more power, I agree that for almost all users that would be the better trade-off and am shocked that there aren’t more machines out with higher quality displays and keyboards. I have some hopes for the Asus line but we’ll have to see.

  • Richard

    Does anyone know if they are releasing a touchscreen i3 version? I really want this i3 chromebook, but if they are releasing a touchscreen version, then I’m definitely getting that.

  • John Grow

    Mine just arrived tonight. Bought through CDW. It looks exactly like the C720s currently out there, only difference is the “CORE i3″ sticker on the left side…

    • Brian Ober

      Do you know if the Web Cam is any better in this model?? The quality of the existing C720 in mid/low light is terrible (even compared to the Samsung ARM CB).

      • John Grow

        Same camera. I suspect everything’s the same on this machine save for the CPU and RAM, if you get the 4 GB model.

  • HarryWarden

    Can’t decide whether to get this or the Samsung Chromebook 2 Full HD version. Which would you get or would you wait? Is there something better coming soon?

    • Nathan Jones

      C720 (i3) by a LONG shot. The Samsung Chromebook 2 has a very underpowered CPU. scoring 619 ms on Sunspider 1.0 (lower is better). Even the old C720 with the Celeron (not i3) processor scored 345 ms, which is significantly better.

  • Denis

    If anyone cares, I am running Chromium OS on very similar specs and it’s so smooth! <3

  • http://vicente-de-pierola.tumblr.com/ Vicente de Piérola

    When is the Dell Chromebook 11 with Core i3 coming?

  • Edgar Jeknavorian

    I’m guessing these netbooks are powerful enough to run android SDK or any android studio type IDE.
    Why is it that Google hasn’t put out there favorite IDE to Chromebook users to start developing for Android !?! It sounds great to me . ! If they do this people won’t need to install crouton or chrubuntu etc..