$199 Acer C7 Chromebook with 16GB SSD coming soon

The Acer C7 Chromebook is one of the cheapest laptops money can buy, with a starting price of around $199. But when Acer introduced this low-cost Chrome OS notebook, the company kept prices low by including a hard drive instead of a speedier solid state disk (something found in most other Chromebooks).

Now it looks like a model with an SSD is on the way — and it will still cost just $199.

acer c7 chromebook

Best Buy shows the new Acer C710-2833 Chromebook as “coming soon.”

Like the model with a hard drive, this Chromebook features a 1.1 GHz Intel Celeron 847 dual-core processor, 2GB of RAM, an 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display, 3 USB 2.0 ports, 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, Ethernet, a webcam, and a flash card reader.

But instead of a 320GB hard drive, it has a 16GB solid state disk.

Sure, that’s not a lot of storage space for music, movies, and other content. But it’s plenty of space for apps, since Chrome OS is designed primarily to run web apps — you don’t have to download much data to your device to use a Chromebook.

The notebook measures 11.2″ x 8″ x 1.1″ and weighs about 3.1 pounds.

Acer also offer sa model with a 320GB hard drive and 4GB of RAM for about $250.

via reddit and Chrome Story

  • ChicagoBob

    Problem with all the Chrome products you can not print directly to your printer you have to go to the cloud and your printer needs to be iprint opening up your home firewall. I am not even sure it will work without a network connection.
    I would rather reformat the OS and run something else but I am not sure it can.

  • WANg

    I wonder how they plan to populate it with a 16GB SSD. Disk-on-flash? mSATA daughterboard with SATA riser, or a new board variant with embedded flash?

  • tfosorcim

    You can do the math yourself; I’ve already done it, but this site trashed the original comment when asking me to log in. So here’s the short version:

    Acer’s ‘new’ 16GB version of the c7 should cost the cosumer no more than $165.00.

    Acer’s ‘newer’ version of the original C7–the ONLY change being an additional 2GB of DRAM–costs $51.00 more than the one with 2GB LESS RAM!

    The last time I checked, $51.00 would buy about 8GB of high-quality DRAM.

    I had almost convinced myself to buy a conventional C7 from Google Play next week. Not now. I steadfastly refuse to do business with companies which take advantage of their customers. I own two Acer notebooks.

    GOOGLE and Acer: no more Acer products, ever.

    • SPM

      I suspect that you will end up having to settle for an abacus because of your stance, because nobody else is selling a computer with this spec for less than $199 for the 2GB RAM C7 or $250 for the 4GB RAM C7 with HDD.

      The 4GB RAM model also has a bigger battery to take the battery life up to 6 hrs from the 3.5hr battery life of the $199 C7. That, and the extra 2GB RAM together account for the extra $50.

  • http://www.facebook.com/adamg.biz Adam Greenblum

    Every IT device has its advantages and disadvantages, the Chromebook included. The Chromebook concept is an interesting one (fast start-up, easy to use and manage), and I’m sure that as Google and its hardware partners continue to make more improvements in both ChromeOS and the hardware, more companies and schools will find scenarios where they fit.

    Some people (especially business users) may be held back from buying Chromebooks by the need to access Windows applications. One solution for this requirement is a product like Ericom AccessNow, an HTML5 RDP client that enables Chromebook users to securely connect to any RDP host, including Terminal Server and VDI virtual desktops, and run their applications and desktops in a Chrome browser tab.

    There’s no client to be installed on the Chromebook, as you only need the HTML5-compatible browser.

    Check out this link for more info:
    http://www.ericom.com/RDPChromebook.asp?URL_ID=708

    I work for Ericom

  • brian

    16GB isn’t enough for a laptop, I’ll still go for higher capacities. Of course I have zero intention of running chrome on these, but going with a linux distro instead.

    • SPM

      You obviously have no clue about Chromebooks.

      It isn’t enough for a fat OS which stores everything locally (like Windows, Mac OSX, or Linux), but it is more than enough for ChromeOS which doesn’t store anything locally, not data, not programs, you get 100GB free online storage (for user data) when buy a Chromebook, and the 16GB local SSD is only used for downloads. More than that will simply go unused. You can also plug in as much SD card or USB flash storage as you need.

  • james braselton

    hi there yeah 16 gb ssd plenty i still use a comodore 64 with 1 mhz cpu 64 killobytes storage and hp netbook with 16 gb ssd

  • Joseph Sakota

    Can the 16gb SSD Chromebook run Ubuntu?