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Acer’s New Chromebook Unveiled, Priced at $199

A mere day after images of it leaked online the new Acer Chromebook has been formally announced. 

And boy is it cheap.

Acer Chromebook

Acer’s second-gen Chromebook is priced to sell at $199. For this you get an ‘extra bright’ 11.6″ Screen, Intel Celeron 847 processor @ 1.1Ghz, a 320GB 5400RPM HDD and 100GB of free Google Drive storage for 2 years.

Elsewhere there’s a full-sized keyboard, 3x USB 2.0 ports, Ethernet, VGA out and HDMI out.

With the device taking the tried-and-tested Intel route – which may be a good or bad thing depending on your needs – the battery life suffers. Samsung’s ARM Chromebook can touch 7 hours on a single charge, and earlier Atom-based Chromebook’s could managed 5-6, but the latest model Acer can only manage ‘3.5 hours’.

And that’s the manufacturers claim too, so expect real world usage to hit 3 hours tops.

The mechanical hard-drive also means the device is thicker and heavier than the MacBook Air-like design of Samsung Chromebook. It’s also slower to boot, taking some 18 seconds.

Availability

The Acer Chromebook launches at $199 in the US, and will be vailable from Google Play and BestBuy.com.

UK readers can nab it from Google Play, Amazon UK, PC World or Currys.

Acer Chromebook Minisite on Google.com