A few weeks after Google and Samsung released their $249 Chromebook, the search giant announced another web-based device yesterday. In cooperation with ACER, Google introduces the ACER C7 that is valued at $199.
ACER C7 Features
The ACER C7 Chromebook is powered by Intel Celeron 847 processor, and 2 GB of DDR3 memory.
Weighing a bit over three pounds and measures one inch thick, the notebook’s shell houses a full-sized keyboard, fully clickable trackpad, “extra bright” 11.6-inch display, and a battery life that is over 3.5 hours. It also features 320 GB hard drive and 100 GB of free storage on Google Drive for two years.
Google and ACER’s latest device boots up in 18 seconds and resumes instantly. It has built-in security features, automatic update, and an integrated 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi that allows users to connect to hot spots and wireless networks quickly.
The ACER C7 also sports built-in high-definition 1.3 MP webcam, LED indicator, and microphone to make the notebook well-suited for video conferencing, taking photos and capturing videos for online sharing. The device is also ideal for frequent travelers, as it allows users to go online at 30,000 feet with 12 free Gogo in-air internet passes, which costs $150.
As what users would expect from a Chromebook, it is also easy to share with friends and family. Users can create a separate account for each family member, and they can just login to get things done. It also makes Google products such as Gmail, Drive, Maps, YouTube and Google+ always available.
Expanding the Options for Linux
Since the Chrome OS is Linux-based, the release of web-based PCs expands the open software’s options. That’s industry watchers eye 2012 as the year of tine, inexpensive, Linux-powered devices.
For every new machine that has Linux-based software, it surely shrinks the digital divide. That’s because even manufacturers are riding this new wave of devices that revel in the control they get over their own offerings. As posted by Sundar Pichai, Google’s senior vice president for Chrome and Apps, on their official blog:
Creating a better, simpler computer and making it available for everyone is at the core of the Chromebook vision. It’s exciting to see people using Chromebooks as the perfect additional computer in the home, and we continue to work with our partners to make them easy-to-use and more affordable.
The ACER C7 Chromebook is now available to US customers on Google Play store, as well as on BestBuy retail and online stores. People from the UK can also have the latest device on Google Play, Amazon UK, PC World, and Currys.