The Acer C7 Chromebook is one of the cheapest Chrome OS laptops available, with prices starting as low as $200. The 11.6 inch notebook is a regular on Amazon’s top 10 list of best-selling laptops.
Now Acer is hoping to break into the business and education markets, with two new models featuring prices starting at $259.
The new models look a lot like other Acer Chromebooks. But they feature higher-capacity batteries and fast 16GB solid state drives instead of larger (and slower) hard drives.
That makes sense for enterprise and education customers, since you don’t necessarily need a lot of disk space to store music, movies or other data — and since Chrome OS is designed primarily to run web apps, you don’t need a lot of local storage for software.
Acer’s new $259 model is called the Acer C710-2826, and it features 2GB of RAM. For $279 you can also grab an Acer C710-2815 with 4GB of RAM.
Both models weigh about 3.1 pounds, sport 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel displays, and 1.1 GHz Intel Celeron 847 dual-core processors. They support 802.11n WiFi networks, and have 720p webcams.
Acer says you should be able to get up to 6 hours of battery life with the 6-cell battery, which is a lot better than the 4 hours or so that I got with the demo unit Acer sent me last year.