Acer’s newest Chromebook is the least expensive Chrome OS device to date. The Acer C7 Chromebook goes on sale in the US tomorrow with a starting price of $199.

But unlike Samsung’s recently introduces $249 Chromebook, the new Acer C7 doesn’t have an ARM-based processor. Instead this 11.6 inch Chrome OS laptop is powered by a 1.1 GHz Intel Celeron 847 Sandy Bridge processor.

Acer C7

The Acer C7 is also the first Chromebook to feature a hard drive. It has a 320GB hard disk. But it still boots in a relatively quick 18 seconds, thanks to the light-weight Chrome operating system and 2GB of DDR3 RAM.

That’s not quite as fast as the latest Samsung Chromebooks (with Intel Celeron or Samsung Exynos processors). But I haven’t found many Windows laptops that can boot in under 20 seconds — especially not notebooks that sell for under $200.

While the Acer C7 is the first Chromebook with a sizeable hard drive, there is a downside. The laptop only gets an estimated 3.5 hours of battery life.

Update: Acer tells me the 3.5 hour battery life estimate was made running Windows. With the latest Chrome OS software, the laptop should get up to 4 hours of run time. 

Customers will get 100GB of Google Drive storage space for 2 years with the purchase of a new Acer C7 Chromebook, just like they do if they buy other recent Chrome OS devices.

Google says the new Acer Chromebook will be available from Google Play and the Best Buy website starting November 13th. It will be available in Best Buy stores starting this week, and it’s also coming to the UK.

If the Acer C7 looks familiar, that’s because it looks like Acer basically took an Aspire V5-171 Windows laptop, stripped down the features a bit, and replaced Windows with Chrome OS.

via Google Chrome blog

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5 replies on “Google introduces the $199 Acer C7 Chromebook (Celeron CPU, 4 hour battery)”

  1. $199 US, £199 UK for this
    What a Rip-Off,should be £125 to be equivalent.
    If it was US manufactured maybe you could justify, but I’m sure they’re not.

    I like Google stuff (just to add insult to injury), but I will be thinking about new Firefox phone OS for my next mobile.


  2. Even the 6.5hrs of the ARM Chromebook is considered low-end nowadays.

    3.5hrs is practically non-mobile territory.

  3. now does it have anything to that would prevent my using another OS along with, or non-expandable memory, cos i kinda really like the looks…

    1. Chrome OS has a developer mode, which includes a way to enable the uefi bootloader to boot from a bootable usb drive (or memory card in some cases), which means you can boot and install another OS if you so choose (and with relatively little pain).

      Biggest problem with this Chromebook is that it uses a Celeron processor (only slightly faster than the $250 arm version, and probably worse graphics performance), and the 3.5 hour battery life.

    2. Except the keyboard is customized for Chrome. You don’t have function keys and several other keys. The main downside to this unit.

      They did that to keep people from doing just what you want to do.

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