Looking for a small laptop for online and light multimedia tasks, such as for browse the web, streaming movies from Netflix or video from YouTube or play light games? If low price is the big concerned and you are familiar with Chrome OS, we think you should take a look at Acer C720-2800 Chromebook. Yeah, this is not the best 11.6 inch Chromebook’s laptop, but with new Intel Pentium ULV (ultra low voltage) processor that based on the 4th Haswell platform, the C720-2800 Chromebook is one of the best machine that you can get only for price under $250.
Like common Acer’s Chromebook budget friendly laptop, Acer C720-2800 11.6 inch also comes with a high quality plastic for constructions. Yeah, it’s not looks a premium machine, but the Granite Grays color with metallic design for interior and exterior make its looks more expensive than the actual price. On the lid cover, you will also find a Google Chrome and silver Acer logo, just like other Acer’s laptop on its class. In term of size, the 2.8 lbs laptop has dimension in 11.34 x 8.03 x 0.75 inches. Its thinner and lighter than the 3.3 lbs Acer C710-2826 laptop which has dimension in 8 x 11.2 x 1.2 in. Its mean you can easily slip it into small carry bag and perfect for travel companion.
Powered by Intel Celeron 2955U dual core processor as the heart with a a 2MB L3 cache, this machine is not a high end machine, but still gives the power you will needs for light office task and online multimedia tasks. The 4GB DDR3L SDRAM and the latest version of Google Chrome as the operating system also ensures user will gets smooth and seamless online multitasking performance. You can easily streaming new movies from Netflix, read or edit office document via Google Doc or play online games.
Inside, the Intel HD graphics as graphics engine and combined with a 11.6 inch High Definition display gives fairly bright and crisp color or images and videos, even in the bright light conditions or low light rooms (thanks to “ComfyView” anti glare technology). Like the previous model, the C720-2800 also support 720p HD video playback and support a 1366 x 768 native resolution. Built into center of bezel, there is also a High Definition web camera with internal digital microphone. Not only perfect for self portrait, but also gives clear video and audio chats.
Yeah, like common Chromebook from other brand, the Acer’s also not has a plenty of storage space and only equipped with a 16GB of Solid State Drive (SSD) as internal storage. But, you do not need to worries. The company also gives user free access and 100GB of cloud storage in Google Drive for two years, so you can store more documents or multimedia files than access from other laptop or your smartphones.
As a Intel Haswell ULV machine, this laptop also gives longer battery life than the previous Acer’s Chromebook. The 3-cell Lithium Polymer battery can produces more than 8 hours and 30 minutes of battery runtime between charges, instead of 7 hours on the C710-2826 model. There are also few port interface features, such as 3.5mm audio jack, single USB 2.0 port, single USB 3.0 port, HDMI port as HDTV connector and multimedia card reader slot for memory expansion (support up to 64GB additional storage). Other features are Bluetooth, dual standard stereo speakers for audio and Acer InviLink Nplify 802.11a/b/g/n) wireless LAN for internet connection.
As a small machine, the black keyboard also has a small keypad and touchpad, but we think its still accurate and comfortable for typing, especially if you have little fingers. Yeah, the machine is based on the Intel Haswell platform, but its still a Chromebook and not support for editing video or play Windows games. But, if you only need a reliable machine for online activity and light office and multimedia tasks, the $249 Acer C720-2800 is still worth for your money. So, what do you think? If you need a better Office performance and did not familiar with Chrome OS, the $349 Aspire V5-123-3883 is a good alternative. Comes with a AMD E1-2100 dual core processor as the heart with 4GB of RAM and running on the Microsoft Windows 8 OS, this machine still gives better performance for office tasks.