Acer began selling the AC700 Chromebook based on Google's Chrome Operating System June 28 for $349.99. The device comes two weeks after Samsung began selling its Series 5 Chromebook.
Acer America released the Acer AC700 Chromebook, the
company's first machine based on Google's Chrome operating system, in the United States from Amazon.com for $349.99.
Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) introduced
the Acer AC700, which includes an 11.6-inch HD CineCrystal LED-backlit
LCD, along with Samsung's Series 5 Chromebook
May 11 at the Google I/O developer event in San
Chrome OS is designed to be the backstop for Web
applications such as Google Docs, Gmail and Chrome-specific versions of games
such as Angry Birds, all of which run on the Chrome Web browser. Chromebooks
boot within 10 seconds and uses a verified boot process, sandboxing for apps
and data encryption to secure user data.
The machines are essentially hardware shells, with the
bulk of data residing in Google's cloud of servers, which provision apps over
the Web. If a Chromebook is damaged it may be easily replaced with no valuable data
Both the Acer AC700 and the Series 5 Chromebooks were
scheduled to be available online from Amazon.com and Best Buy June 15. The
Series 5 launched that day, but Acer's machine was delayed. The Series 5 is priced at $429 for the WiFi-only model
and $499 for a computer with a 3G radio. For $349, Acer's WiFi-only
might prove to be a bargain among cost-conscious consumers. Acer
said it will produce an AC700 with A 3G wireless radio later this summer to
balance Samsung's Series 5.
"a sleek, thin and light form factor, long battery life and
excellent HD playback" for the AC700, which like the Series 5 is powered
by the same 1.66GHz Intel Atom N570 dual-core processor that fuels the Series 5.
The Acer AC700 includes an HD 1.3MP webcam with LED
indicator for video chat, and supports Adobe Flash 10.1 and later video. The
Chromebook also features an HDMI output that lets users port video and other
content to high-definition TVs and displays.
The AC700 also boasts 2GB of DDR3 memory; a 16GB SSD for
storing files; two USB 2.0 ports; and a 4-in-1 card reader that accepts popular
Acer also promises battery life of up to six hours for
the AC700 compared to the 8.5 hours logged from the Samsung Series 5 eWEEK
earlier this month. The AC700 also weighs just 2.95 pounds, compared to
3.3 for the Series 5.
The AC700 is available on Amazon
for preorder, with shipment slated for July 11.