Acer C720P 11.6-inch Touchscreen Chromebook (Google operating system) (Iron) - (Intel Celeron 2955U 1.4GHz Processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB SSD, WLAN, BT, Integrated Graphics, Google Chrome)
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Acer C720P Chromebook -- Enhanced Usability
The Acer C720P Chromebook line is the 3rd generation Chromebook, which represents another level in performance and usability. It features an Intel Celeron processor, based on the Haswell micro-architecture for faster performance, and up to 8.5 hours of battery life.
This Chromebook has a design that is 30% thinner than its predecessor. It’s also lighter -- it weighs only 1.3 kg, so it’s easy to carry in a backpack or bag -- and, for the first time, features a matte, anti-glare display, making it ideal for families and students who want a Chromebook that can be enjoyed in a range of settings, even outdoors in sunlight.
The Acer C720P Chromebook builds on the Acer C710 Chromebook, which was lauded for its performance and integration of Google’s Chrome operating system.
Starts in 7 Seconds with Great Performance
The Acer Chromebook is equipped with an Intel Celeron processor, based on Haswell micro-architecture CPU with low power consumption, and 2GB (up to 4GB) RAM, ideal for mobile all-day computing. Further, it offers 16/32GB internal SSD storage for offline availability. This combination lets the Acer Chromebook boot up in 7 seconds, and the system will in most cases never slow down.
Get the Best of Google
After signing in to Chrome with a Gmail account, the bookmarks, history, and settings are synchronised across all of your Chrome devices and computers running the Chrome browser. You are immediately immersed in the Google ecosystem and signed in to all the various Google services, with which you will:
- Surf the Internet with the Chrome browser
- Search the web with Google Search
- Access, create and edit documents, spreadsheets and presentations and more Watch videos from Youtube
Optimised for Internet Use
The multi-touch screen with Acer’s non-glare Comfyview technology improves the Internet usage with intuitive gestures such as tap, swipe, pinch to zoom, etc. All just with the tip of your finger.
You can view, edit, create online and offline on Office documents, spreadsheets, presentations or drawings on Google Drive and share these files with others in real time.
But the Acer Chromebook is also a great off-line device -- the Chrome Web Store has more than 30,000 web apps, themes and extensions that are designed to be used even without an Internet connection. For example, Gmail has an online and offline version.
Another example of the Chromebook’s usability is the Chrome Remote Desktop which allows users to remotely access another computer through your Chromebook. Now you can access applications and files located on another Windows system directly through the Acer Chromebook.
Chromebooks have multiple layers of security to keep you safe and worry-free. Plus, with automatic updates, the Chromebook downloads security and software upgrades so you don’t have to. No more updates to track. The Acer Chromebook is always updated with the latest version and all of your apps, software and security features stay up-to-date.
Every application in Chrome OS runs inside the Chrome browser, and there are no desktop applications -- all the apps running on Chrome OS are web apps, therefore even if an application is compromised or malicious, it still is unable to affect other applications or processes on the system.
To further enhance security, user data stored by the Chrome OS, Chrome browser, and any plugins are encrypted, and Data stored in the cloud is protected by Chromebook’s TPM chip.
Finally, a verified boot mechanism checks the integrity and validity of system files at every reboot as a countermeasure to any suspicious activity.
- HD LED screen
- Intel HD graphics
- HD Web Cam
- Security lock: Kensington Lock
- Ports: USB 3.0, USB 2.0 and HDMI
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It boots when you open the lid, about as fast as my 2014 MacBook Pro resumes from sleep sometimes - really impressive.
The build quality feels a bit plasticy which is to be expected at this price point, but actually I was very impressed by how slim it is. It looks really good!
The screen's nice and bright but also has great low brightness settings which is great for evenings. Sure the viewing angles suck but you generally use a laptop looking directly at it so it's not a problem.
I've had plenty of tabs open on Chrome and not noticed any performance issues, I've streamed HD YouTube videos and they're fine, battery life is pretty sensational - for light daily use I'd probably charge it a couple of times a week tops.
I've not tried many apps yet - I don't need it to do much more than what I'm doing now, but I have no doubt it'll perform fine; I've been pleasantly surprised by the speed.
Oh and it's silent when the fan's not running, but it tends not to kick in with general browsing (not to an audible level anyway).
I chose this one based on some brief research I did on the CPU; this is an older CPU than the other models - it's both more powerful and more power hungry but I prioritised that over battery life, especially given the already-long battery life of these things. And the ability of all recent processors to be pretty good under light loads, like casual web browsing.
Needless to repeat what everyone says about these - can it replace your Windows laptop? Depends what you do. If you use Gmail for email, Drive for your office software, and stream videos/music online... It works really nicely, and you can't beat a sub-£200 laptop really.
I really wanted the Toshiba Chromebook 2 which I've read somewhere has a backlit keyboard, but it was a lot more expensive, so this is my trial Chromebook until I can justify a higher spec model with the same 'cut-down' operating system!
It updates automatically, without configuration on his or my part.
With chrome remote desktop via hangouts, I can take remote control of his machine to help him when required.
He has no need for firewall or anti virus software to slow the computer down.
The screen is more than adequate, bright and large enough for everyday requirements.
The long battery life means it can be used around the house without having to sit at a desk.
Everything runs in a browser tab without hidden sub-menus, whether it be word processing, email, or browsing.
It boots up fast, and loads pages quickly.
Having tried windows 7 and Ubuntu, Chrome OS is his favourite option, because most of his online requirements are via the browser anyway. Installed ghostery and adblock plus extensions so there are even fewer potential issues.
Compatible Eprinters can be purchased relatively inexpensively, so that the whole package costs less than £250.
My father feels confident that he is relatively secure from virus and malware problems, thus making his browsing experience more comfortable. I spend less time providing tech support.
I find touchscreens very helpful on a laptop having got used to their benefits on a lenovo yoga - and the key bits of selecting and swiping are all supported here.
Chrome OS feels as though it is still in a state of transition between being exclusively a browser-based system to one that is increasingly making use of apps that run in their own resizeable windows. It is possible to get by on the browser options alone, but the apps that are now appearing feel like a more flexible way to go. So - a work in progress but one that is already hugely powerful. This light and slick little machine is now my preferred device.
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