Acer C7 Chromebook
Chrome based netbooks failed to get much traction in the market. Still some of the manufacturers are hoping to grab few cloud customers with Google Chrome OS so Acer has recently launched their C7 chromebook series at cost 249$ USD.
Hardware: Acer C7 chromebook is a lightweight machine but it doesn’t seem to be compact. However the only weight you can feel is of battery at the back of the netbook. The plastic material doesn’t look much sturdy either and may not withstand stress test.
Machine has Intel Celeron 1.1ghz with 2GB RAM and 320GB HDD, which is sufficient for the most of the cloud computing usage. However Chrome OS take 22 seconds to boot into the desktop, this is much slower than rest of the other netbooks.
It has two USB 2.0 ports, kensington lock and charger point on the right side. On the left there is HDMI port, VGA port and USB port. SC/MMC card reader slot is near the front flip side. It doesn’t have the DVD reader or writer option so you have to use the USB ports to transfer the data and also to install any other operating system if you wish to in future.
Keyboard design seems to be well spaced chiclet style and has left shifted touchpad. Touchpad doesn’t seem to have additional buttons.If you’re a gamer then you’re going to miss these two touchpad buttons.
Display: Acer C7 has 11.6” display with a 1,366×768 resolution and has a perfect webcam placement. It does have a glossy surface and perfect brightness, which unfortunately is not attractive for the movie viewing based on the tests. However compared to the chromebooks at this price, Acer C7 has much better display quality.
Battery: C7 has battery life of four hours under regular usage and gets lower for the heavy usage like word processor and web browsing. As this machine runs on Chrome OS, compared to Windows and Linux machine, it shows inefficient performance for the laptop. As these Chrome based netbooks are solely made for the cloud applications, they are not much of use for the heavy home computer use.
To sum it up, if you mostly use the computer for the email, youtube and other web based usage, then Chromebook C7 is a good machine at low cost, otherwise you’d better look for something else.