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.

Acer C7 Chromebook

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.

via SlashGear

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3 replies on “Acer markets C7 Chromebooks for education, business”

  1. The $278 model with 16GB SSD, 4GB RAM, 7hr 6 cell battery (Acer C710-2815) is the one top get, if you can afford the extra $78. OIt is the best value laptop on the market.

    On the other hand if you want an cool, noiseless (SSD and fanless means no moving parts), ultralight, solid state laptop, no moving parts at all, and a non-glossy screen, the $249 Samsung series 3 Chromebook XE303C12 with ARM processor, 16GB SSD, 2GB RAM and 7hr battery life is the one for you. Again very good value for money.

    Personally I prefer the Samsung because of its lightness, the fact that it runs very cool, and is noiseless. I also hate glossy screens. Solid state construction should also make it more reliable.

  2. Brad, this article is slightly misleading. Best Buy has been selling the $200 SSD version for the last two months. So the SSD is not something new. The extended battery and the extra RAM are new.

    1. The $200 model originally only came with a 320GB HDD but they started offering a 16GB SSD from about June 18th… So a bit less than two months but otherwise you’re correct… though, availability varied…

      While another question is whether they under clock the Celeron 847 for these models… For the Original Acer C7 Chromebook, the processor was kept at a power saving 800MHz instead of the full rated 1.1GHz…

      So, if they changed that for these models then that’s an additional benefit to the increased battery capacity and RAM offered…

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