Enterprise Mobility: Acer AC700 Chromebook Is a Cheaper Alternative to Samsung Series 5
Those users who want to get their hands on a notebook running Google's Chrome Operating System but who were put off by the $429 (WiFi-only) and $499 (WiFi+3G radio) price tags of Samsung's Series 5 Chromebooks will soon have a choice: the Acer AC700 Chromebook is wending its way through the Amazon.com sales pipeline and should be ready to ship July 11. Acer has high hopes for this $349.99 notebook, which is WiFi-only. Acer said it would produce a WiFi+3G version later this year. Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) introduced the Acer AC700 and the Series 5 Chromebook May 11 at the Google I/O developer event in San Francisco. Chrome OS is the supporting platform 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 such as the AC700 and Series 5 boot within 10 seconds and use a verified boot process, sandboxing for applications 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 applications over the Web. If a Chromebook is damaged, it may be easily replaced with no valuable data lost. The 1.66GHz Intel Atom N570 dual-core processor-powered machine weighs only 2.95 pounds (compared with 3.3 pounds for the Series 5). In this slide show, eWEEK runs through the rest of the specs and provides users with a peek at this machine, which resembles the Cr-48 pilot Chromebook in color and shape.
The Acer AC700 measures 11.24 inches long and 8 inches deep. Users gets about 6 hours of battery life from the AC700's 4,400-mAh battery, compared with 8.5 hours with the Series 5 Chromebook. The extra battery life can mean the difference for users who work the standard 8-hour workday and can't be bothered to recharge.