TechSpot: Acer's $199 Chromebook Review

A $200 laptop is a difficult thing to assess. On one hand, the Acer C7 Chromebook has that shockingly low price tag, on the other, there is weak build quality and a netbook-grade processor. The trade-offs the buyer must be willing to make are not trivial. And that’s before we acknowledge that the Acer C7 runs Chrome OS rather than Windows.

The most interesting question then, is who exactly is the C7 for? Before we can get to who it’s for (hint: there is more than one correct answer,) we have to get to the bottom of what the C7 is and then more importantly, what it can do.

In terms of hardware, the C7 is a barebones affair though to be honest we didn’t expect otherwise for the price. At exactly three pounds, the C7 is light but it doesn’t feel nowhere near as compact. Since the entire machine is constructed of incredibly light (read: cheap) plastic, the battery at the rear of the machine contains the vast majority of the Chromebook’s weight. This leaves the computer’s heft feeling unbalanced toward the back and unwieldy when being toted around the house and pulled from a bag.

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Well it does have an x86 Intel processor. But you are stuck with all the Chrome OS-specific keys on your keyboard.

.Neo said,
Well it does have an x86 Intel processor. But you are stuck with all the Chrome OS-specific keys on your keyboard.

Are all drivers available for Windows?

i have a Samsung Chromebook and it does the job really well, although it's important to define the job. For me i wanted something with a decent keyboard and trackpad, something thats light and portable with a long battery. If course a MacBook Air would be perfect for this however the cost of one of those is about 5 times what the Chromebook is. The envronment in which i use the Chromebook is when i am commuting and traveling and need to do some work on the move. The chromebook does this really well, i would say that the chromebook is not competing in the laptop space so much as competing in the tablet space, for tablet users that want something cheap and portal with a keyboard. I know it sounds kinda werid, if i needed full laptop functionaility i would obviously go for a Mac or Windows laptop however this is an additional device and in not in any way a primary use device.

This device may not fit everyone but it's worth stressing that this device fits a particular use pattern.

The implication is that for what it can do, there are other, arguably better alternatives in the shape of the myriad tablets available. Cheaper and more convenient.