Google Chromebook from Acer coming for just $199

Last month, Google announced a Chromebook notebook, made by Samsung, for the price of just $249. Today, the company announced yet another new low in pricing for its Chrome OS laptops with the reveal of the Acer C7 Chromebook, which will be priced at just $199.

The notebook, which will go on sale on Tuesday via Google Play and Best Buy in the US, will weigh just three pounds and contains an 11.6 inch screen. It has an 320 GB hard drive inside, along with three USB 2.0 ports, and a HDMI port. The specifications say that the new Chromebook has an Intel Core processor inside but there's no specifics on which version it uses or its clock speed.

Google claims that the Acer C7 Chromebook will have a battery life of up to 3.5 hours. It also comes with 100 GB of free space on the Google Drive cloud service, which can be accessed for two years, along with 12 free sessions of use for the Gogo WiFi services inside airplanes for people who travel a lot.

This is the lowest priced Chromebook yet, and it shows that Google isn't giving up on selling notebooks that have its Chrome OS inside, even with the launch of new Windows 8-based notebooks.

Source: Google Chromebooks website | Image via Google/Acer

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If its all meant to be web based on Google offer 100GB of cloud storage why is there such a big local drive? The battery life is appalling for a machine that's meant to be portable and doesn't replace your desktop system. But, with the price point less than the Samsung it may be difficult to justify paying the extra for less in many respects but a little more battery life.

I've been looking at Chromebooks recently because I simply can't sit on the sofa with my desktop on my lap and I'm not a fan of tablets.

Dij said,
If its all meant to be web based on Google offer 100GB of cloud storage why is there such a big local drive? The battery life is appalling for a machine that's meant to be portable and doesn't replace your desktop system. But, with the price point less than the Samsung it may be difficult to justify paying the extra for less in many respects but a little more battery life.

I've been looking at Chromebooks recently because I simply can't sit on the sofa with my desktop on my lap and I'm not a fan of tablets.

Yeah, it's a bit of an odd duck. For $50 more, the Samsung seems to be a much better choice.

Dij said,
If its all meant to be web based on Google offer 100GB of cloud storage why is there such a big local drive? The battery life is appalling for a machine that's meant to be portable and doesn't replace your desktop system. But, with the price point less than the Samsung it may be difficult to justify paying the extra for less in many respects but a little more battery life.

I've been looking at Chromebooks recently because I simply can't sit on the sofa with my desktop on my lap and I'm not a fan of tablets.


did you miss. it has 350 external hard drive.

still1 said,

did you miss. it has 350 external hard drive.

It ships with an external hard-drive? The Chromebook page just stages it has a 350GB hard drive - possibly the reason for the low battery life, assuming the battery is small anyway to reduce costs.

fmanchu said,
I wonder how hard it would be to throw ubuntu or win8 on one of these.

No kidding. I'm very tempted to get one and blow that **** away.

TheCyberKnight said,
The 249$ one was not interesting but this is getting hard to beat.

Just remember it's Acer.

thealexweb said,
Quite suprised they haven't moved to Arm for this device, would bring the cost of the device down a bit.

The Samsung version has an ARM chip, it's priced at $249. It gets 6.3 hours of battey life though while this one only gets 3.5.

Stetson said,

The Samsung version has an ARM chip, it's priced at $249. It gets 6.3 hours of battey life though while this one only gets 3.5.

I was shocked when I saw that tbh, it's no secret that Arm chips are cheaper to make and are more power efficient and unlike x86 chips don't need a fan (not saying x86 mobile chips need a fan but most of the time they do). Not sure what Samsung is playing at

calimike said,
I'm not big fan of Google Chromebook

This isn't being pitched to people who come to forums like this, it isn't even being pitched as a desktop replacement, its aimed at complementing a PC for the type of user who spends 90%+ of their time in their web browser.

thealexweb said,

This isn't being pitched to people who come to forums like this, it isn't even being pitched as a desktop replacement, its aimed at complementing a PC for the type of user who spends 90%+ of their time in their web browser.

So aside from the cost, why wouldn't you get a tablet?
I still think Chromebooks are answering a question that no one is asking.

siah1214 said,
So aside from the cost, why wouldn't you get a tablet?
I still think Chromebooks are answering a question that no one is asking.

I think Google is saying why use apps when you can use full websites or web apps instead.

thealexweb said,

I think Google is saying why use apps when you can use full websites or web apps instead.

But they're not saying that, and never would being as Android relies so heavily on apps.

Chromebooks are useless. Even something like Android or iOS are vastly more capable, yet they don't even begin to compare to something like Windows. I've actually used feature phones with more capabilities than Chrome OS. Why would anyone get this when you can get a cheap Android tablet + keyboard dock or Windows netbook for not much more, and you'll atleast have something that can actually do stuff apart from browse the net.

NoClipMode said,

But they're not saying that, and never would being as Android relies so heavily on apps.

Chromebooks are useless. Even something like Android or iOS are vastly more capable, yet they don't even begin to compare to something like Windows. I've actually used feature phones with more capabilities than Chrome OS. Why would anyone get this when you can get a cheap Android tablet + keyboard dock or Windows netbook for not much more, and you'll atleast have something that can actually do stuff apart from browse the net.

I go back to the point that the majority of PC owners spend 90%+ of their time in their browser on YouTube, Facebook, etc. When work needs to be done they can use Skydrive + Office or Drive + Docs for basic office functionality which is all most users need.

thealexweb said,

I think Google is saying why use apps when you can use full websites or web apps instead.

yes, but a lot of tablets come with full website fuctionality already + apps. its not like the web experience is diminished on tablets. on phones, yes, but on tablets, no.

windows 8 and android tablets can do all that and more.

only reason for chromebook is cost.

siah1214 said,
So aside from the cost, why wouldn't you get a tablet?
I still think Chromebooks are answering a question that no one is asking.

Let's compare: Surface for $499 WITHOUT Touch Cover, allows you to type, access the web and Windows Store apps.

$199 Chromebook with traditional laptop look and feel, allows you to type, access the web and Chrome apps.

Ezekiel Carsella said,
with intel core it sounds pretty zippy. prob 2nd gen core i3. if it is ivy bridge core i3 i say color me surprised!

It'll be a Celeron or Atom