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Store Listings for Intel Core i3 Acer Chromebook Start to Appear Online


Acer unveiled the model in April

Cast your minds back to April and you may recall that a Core i3-powered Acer Chromebook was on the way.

Fast forward back to June and listings for the 11.6-inch notebook have started to appear online.

Acer C720-3

The Acer C720-3 sports a dual-core Intel Core i3-4005U processor at 1.7GHz, a healthy 4GB RAM and a 32GB SSD. Intel HD 4400 graphics mean it should make light work of the usual multimedia demands, and a collection of ports, including HDMI out, makes expansion a breeze.

As the seventh distinct entrant in the C720 series it doesn’t deviate too much from its siblings (though some reports say it is fanless). It continues to feature the same 11.6″ TFT LCD display at the same 720p resolution as the rest, and is said to offer a respectable 8.5 hours of battery life.


As a complete package the Acer C720-3 is light, fairly stylish and, with i3 on board, one of the fastest Chromebooks available.

In an increasingly competitive Chromebook market pricing is everything. With such a notable bump in specs comes a notable bump in price — $349.99 (though currently retailing for more at advance retailers).

While this sounds expensive it compares favourably to the rest of the Celeron based models in the C720 series. The touchscreen C720P sells at $299 (though can often be picked up for around $249) while the base 16GB model that started it all can be had on Amazon US for as little as $199.

Listings for the device are live on a handful of sites, including Provantage and PCNation, though no site yet as the notebook listed as ‘in stock’. 

  • JusticeL

    I think I will wait for the Pixel 2 or Dell’s offering in the Chromebook 11.

    • HarryWarden

      When is Dell actually planning on getting their Chromebook in stock? Reviews have already appeared (and they’re favorable) which is why I want to get one for my Dad as he has the 2012 Samsung ARM Chromebook and I want to get him something with a little more power and a better screen as the screen on the Samsung is atrocious.

    • Brian Hinton

      I’m just going to stick with my c720 until some more midrange options come onto the scene. We are starting to see the platform expand, and I think we’ll see a lot of growth over the next year. Especially when more integration with Android emerges.

  • Furkidd

    if It’s offered for $300, then it’ll be the best in the market

  • Craig Moss

    I hope this comes to the UK soon, been after a Chromebook with decent specs

  • Rob

    Will you be able to add more ram like unlike their previous model that had the ram set solder in?

    • John Grow

      Judging from the dimensions of the device, this’ll be soldered-in RAM with internal battery, just like the other C720s, But if it’s coming with 4 GB that’s plenty. Chrome OS uses zRAM regularly now so more than 4 GB is unnecessary.

      • Brian Hinton

        Have you heard if the SSD might be replaceable? That’s one thing I like about the c720.

        • John Grow

          Frankly I’d be shocked if it wasn’t. All Acer Chromebooks C7XX models have had replaceable storage. I heard that the Bay Trail Celeron model Acer is planning will have upgradeable RAM, so maybe they *will* do the same with this i3 model. It would make this one a real winner!

  • view2share

    Chromebooks typically come with 2GB RAM and 16GB storage for a reason = all which is needed. I have the Toshiba Chromebook, and runs fast without a Core i3, I can have 15 to 20 tabs open without a problem. These powerhouse for under a hundred bucks more, I guess make sense dollar wise, but essentially are not needed to power a web browser.

  • Curtis Mitchell

    Is this the dual-booting Linux hack that runs Chrome OS and Steam for Linux all on the same device? Why, it appears so!

    This sucker will be fun to play with.

  • Richard

    This is awesome! I really want one, but I would like it if it had a touch screen!

    I’m currently using the Acer C720P 2GB, and sometimes it will stutter if I have a ton of things happening. And it runs Ubuntu decently. But with an i3 Core and 4GB, it should be able to run ubuntu very well, and almost have no problems in Chrome OS ever.