The Acer Chromebook C720 Reviewed

Throughout the years, Acer has always been making some of the most affordable computing platforms in the market and it comes to no exception with the Acer Chromebook C720. Costing at just around $249 each, we are guessing that it is going to be one of the (if not the) cheapest Chromebooks in the market.

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The C720 is a follow up from the C7 model from last year. The C720 is faster, lighter and lighter than the pervious model and also packs in a longer battery life. Many other significant improvements have also been made. For starters, this newer model has a better built. It feels much sturdier and has a more premium look and feel compared to the previous model. The display hinges are tighter and the keyboard and mouse feels really comfortable.

Design

In terms of aesthetics, Acer has opted for the subtler utilitarian look with the Chromebook C720.  There is nothing distinctive or memorable in terms of design, unlike the very flashy HP Chromebook 11. Nevertheless, like many of Acer’s laptop, the design on this laptop is very practical. For starters, the subtler design makes it looks more timeless where it can still look contemporary after years of use. Flashy and trendy designs tend to survive less (aesthetically) well where they can often go out of style relatively quickly. The matte, textured surface on the external casing is also extremely fingerprint resistant.

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The 11.6-inch screen on the Acer C720 Chromebook has a 16:9 ration and 1366 x 769 resolution. The surface has a matte finish that makes it more conducive for outdoor use or under bright lighting conditions. Compromises made due to the low price tag seem evident in the image quality of the display. Although perfectly adequate, the screen is not as bright and crisp as those found on some of its competitors.

Like those on the HP Chromebook 11, the speakers on the C720 are located below the laptop. It, unfortunately, does not make use of a micro USB port for charging (which would significantly reduce the number of chargers you need), but it does come with a HDMI ports, a card reader and a USB 3.0 port, many of which are not found on in many competing Chromebooks.

Specs

Some of the biggest highlights of the Acer C720 Chromebooks are found in the improvements made in the inside of the laptop. For starters, it makes use of Intel’s new Haswell processors that are extremely energy efficient, contributing to a longer battery life for the device. According to Acer, the battery on this laptop can last up to 8.5 hours on one charge. In reality, many reviewers have gotten about 7 hours of use out of it on moderate use, which is still very impressive considering its size and price point. It comes with a built-in 16GB SSD hard drive for storage. Thanks to its set of decent specs, the C720 is one of the fastest Chromebooks in the market. It boots up just 7 seconds, and can run dozens or tabs without any noticeable lag in performance.

Overall

Priced at just under $250, the Acer C720 Chromebook is arguably the cheapest laptop that you can buy in the market. Despite its rock bottom price tag and unimpressive design, it is more powerful than many of its competitors in the market. It also comes with lots of features not found on other more expensive Chromebooks. Thus far, it has also received many rave reviews form various tech experts. If you are currently in the market for a Chromebook, you definitely would want to consider the C720.

Check out our other Chromebook reviews:

HP Chromebook 11

11.6-inch Samsung Chromebook

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