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.

Read: Acer's $199 Chromebook Review

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