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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

  • https://twitter.com/#!/AWalkingEnmity TheMidnightWings

    Sorry if this is a really stupid question, but I have to ask. Since this model has a hard-drive, will it still be able to boot as fast as the other Chromebook models?

    • http://omgubuntu.co.uk/ Joey-Elijah Sneddon

      Short answer: no. Google are saying that this one boots ChromeOS in 18 seconds.

      For comparison, the SSD-based Chromebooks boot it around 8 (though resume is instant)

      • https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ActionParsnip ActionParsnip

        18 seconds aint too bad…… Why do people worry so much about boot time? As long as it’s a reasonable amount of time then who cares :)

      • Blue

        8 seconds boot? My Xubuntu (with Gnome Shell) laptop boots in 11. That’s still with an SSD, but it suggests that there’s nothing fantastically quick about ChromeOS itself. Especially since they’ve had the opportunity to meddle and merge COS with the BIOS as well.

        Makes we wonder if COS will seem that great once more conventional laptops get SSDs…

        • http://lewisgoddard.eustasy.co.uk/ Lewis Goddard

          When running ChromeOS on my (uncertified) hardware, it boots in approximately 20-22 seconds, most of which is disk read time. In comparison, Ubuntu boots in 24 on the same machine.

          Chrome on my Chromebook is 8 seconds, while Ubuntu is around 9 to 10.

          ChromeOS has always seemed fast, because of it’s initial advantage of them all shipping with SSDs, which this one obviously doesn’t benefit from.

          After this (when standard laptops do come with SSDs) the main Chromebook advantage of ChromeOS is in it’s simplicity, digital footprint (while comparable to Ubuntu, Windows 7/8 does not do so well), and price.

          • Blue

            Cool! So it seems that whilst Chromebooks have some advantages over Windows, against something like Elementary or Ubuntu they’re essentially no faster (2 seconds), no cheaper, and simply have fewer capabilities :D

  • http://kennydude.me/ Joe Simpson

    This is typical of Acer. I really dislike them as a manufacturer

  • http://twitter.com/alkayman Alex Kay

    wait do this mean I can dual boot ubuntu on this? 320 gb HDD is more then enough for it

  • Thousif

    Does it support skype?

    • http://twitter.com/pelletium Francis Pelletier

      No, Skype is available on other Linux distros, Windows and Mac. Although FaceFlow or Google Hangout are available.

    • Luca Tavecchio

      has long as i remember imo.im or im+ support skype..i’m sure about the chat ..but i guess that also video/audio call may work even if it’s not officially supported by skype…you should try with the chrome app before buy a chromebook XD

    • Jeff Parker

      I’ve heard you can bridge from Hangout to Skype, but I haven’t had a chance to try it yet.

  • Alberto Raffaele Casale

    i think that is the same of my acer aspire one 756, it has a Pentium Celeron Dual Core 877, i run xubuntu with an SSD and is very fast!

  • GeekyPengy

    Now I wonder if I can install GIMP and Celtx on it. I use both of those a fair amount.

    • http://twitter.com/redbullcat Phil Oakley

      not with Chrome OS on it. With Ubuntu: yes.

  • Gabriele Zucca

    It takes 18 seconds to boot Chrome OS?!

    • http://twitter.com/redbullcat Phil Oakley

      with a HDD, yes.

  • http://www.craigtumblison.com/ Craig Tumblison

    For those wondering, this will have 2GB of RAM. I asked ;) – http://i.imgur.com/ZWX1Y.png

  • http://twitter.com/ryanhellyer Ryan Hellyer

    This seems very crappy. I have one of the original Acers which seems significantly better by comparison. I have six hours of battery life (plus nine more with a giant battery I bought for it) and it boots in eight seconds. New one has 3.5 hours of battery life and boots in 18 seconds. Mine is also lighter. The only advantage with the new one is a faster processor.

  • Chris Burke

    I looked at the spec sheet on Acer’s site and it looks like the machine is upgradeable to 4GB of RAM. This looks like this can turn into a nice dual boot machine.

  • shadowguy14

    Wow. This defeats the whole purpose of a Chromebook. Fastest boot, no moving parts, thin. For an extra $50 you get a much better model