Acer’s C7 puts some Chrome back into the Chromebook

  • Weight: 3Lbs
  • CPU: Intel Celeron 1.1Ghz 847
  • System Memory: 2GB of DDR3 1333Mhz Memory
  • Local Storage: 320GB Hard Drive, SD Card Reader
  • Display: 11.6″ LED Backlit, 1366×720
  • Connectivity: Ethernet and 802.11b/g/n (2.4Ghz WiFi)
  • Ports: VGA, HDMI, USB 2.0 x 3
  • Multimedia: Integrated web camera, microphone, speakers
  • Cloud Storage: 100GB of Google Drive for 2 years
  • 12 Free Passes for GoGo – Inflight Internet
  • Boots in 18 seconds

Acer just dropped a brand-spanking new Chromebook on the market at a magical price point. Looking to be built on the popular Acer 1830-T chassis, the new C7 combines a modest combination of components with some decent perks.

When Chromebooks first hit the market, many people (myself included) scoffed at their pricing model: Selling a limited-use thin-client at almost the same price as a fully loaded laptop was questionable to most, outright ridiculous to some. Yes there were a few notable designs and many chromebooks included things like SSDs and 3G connectivity, but the increased manageability and automatic cloud-syncing just wasn’t worth it.

But at $200… maybe it’s time for another look…

The specs are good, not great, but good for a low-price throwabout. Acer saved money by using an existing model as a baseline and by doing away with things like a SSD or 3G/4G connectivity. From personal experience using the 1830-T as my daily driver, the format is perfect for travelers: large enough so that fat fingers don’t get cramped on the keyboard, small enough that they fit in an airline tray even when the seat in front is reclined, light enough that it can go everywhere.

For me, however, the special sauce is the inclusion of 2 years of 100GB worth of Google Drive space and 12 GoGo Internet passes for in-flight connectivity. The Google Drive service is worth $120 and the GoGo passes another $80-$120. That means if you use cloud storage and in-flight Internet, you can buy yourself a discount package of service, AND get a nifty Chromebook as a bonus.

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