Acer unveils $199 Intel-powered Chromebook, goes on sale tomorrow

By Shawn Knight ยท 13 replies
Nov 12, 2012
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  1. Last month Google announced a new sleek Samsung-branded Chromebook intended for everyday computing tasks. The $249 price tag seemed attractive enough in this post-netbook era but now Acer has launched a Chromebook of their own priced at just $199.

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  2. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,670   +1,957

    - and likely to the bin the next day.

    I will give it two more generations before they get it right... although with MS puking all over their own OS legacy, that may happen earlier.
  3. Rabbit01

    Rabbit01 TS Evangelist Posts: 787   +58

    "... older processors like the Core Due T2700 ..."

    I believe you meant "Duo".
  4. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,596   +257

    Acer has been pushing out cheap crap for the last couple years or so...

    I will never buy another computer with a Celeron processor, I dont care what the price tag, or OS is. I have a HP laptop with an i7 CPU in it, and a few desktops (i7, Phenom 1100t, Phenom 955)

    I also have a Samsung Galaxy S II and I am planning on getting the Samsung Galaxy Note II very soon. Once I get the Samsung Galaxy Note II I willl be giving my Samsung Galaxy Tab to my GF.

    So, what marketing niche does this fit in for me?
  5. none. chromebook is a cheap it's below your league.

    make that 179$ and I'm getting one.
  6. Is there such a thing as android chromebook multi-booting with windows 7/8/ubuntu ?
    (because if it does, I am buying it asap)
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  7. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,596   +257

    I'd bet that there isn't one, YET! I bet that you could make one!
  8. Seriously, can a chromebook be made to multi-boot with windows 7/8/ubuntu?
  9. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,023   +2,556

    Who knows, but I'd stuff in a clean HDD before I tried.

    The CPU in question is more in the realm of "net book" type performance, although likely a bit more potent since net books are so 3 years ago. Some may have had Atom CPUs. Sorry, I didn't take the time to do more research.

    Newegg, (and others) are offering this MSI mini ITX board & 947 CPU combo for $90.00: Intel Celeron 847 It does have PCI-E
    The board does have a PCI-E lane available, (@ X8), so ostensibly, it's intended for a tiny home theater build.

    And the Intel page on the CPU alone. The CPU has built in graphics, with a TDP of 17 watts.

    I just guessing, but with a full install of Windows 7, Aero would need to be turned off to avoid disappointment with the performance.

    The original net books had a special abbreviated version of XP pre-installed.

    If you're looking for something with a full featured OS, I'd hold off for a sale on an actual laptop in the $300.00 range Yeah, yeah, I understand the size & weight issue. The A-7 comes in @ about 3.00 Lbs
  10. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,383   +172

    Can this thing run WIndows? If so, then it sounds like decent value. I'm sure that Celeron beats a Brazos in CPU performance. Might even be better for gaming. $200 for that isn't bad, even if I have to supply my own OS.

    Edit: Ah, so this is this without Windows. Not a bad saving.
  11. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,023   +2,556

    There really are better values in low price devices, when they're installed by the manufacturer.

    Assuming you're considering "buying" a copy of Windows to install, if you took that money, and upgraded to a better laptop with Windows already installed, IMO, you'd be better off, as you'd likely get a stronger CPU. That would compensate for the added load of running a full version of Windows, instead of the stripped down "Chrome OS". Basically you'd likely have an OS purchase expense of maybe 25 bucks, considering the hardware upgrades you'd likely receive in the deal, instead of one hundred bucks on the OS alone. And I'm assuming you'd want to have a "legit OS"..

    I have an eMachines that won't allow you to install Windows from a genuine Windows disc. You must use the restore discs that came with the machine to reinstall the OS. It will however allow a Linux install.

    My suggestion is to let somebody, (or a lot of somebodys ), be the guinea pig(s), to try it first.
  12. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,383   +172

    I don't tend to buy stuff before it actually hits the street and I can get some opinions on it. Really, I'm unlikely to buy this, because I already have an E-350 laptop and it's good enough for my needs.

    But if I didn't, and I could install Windows on this, then it would be appealing. I could install an old copy of XP or Vista, upgrade to Windows 8 for $40 and have a fully usable little laptop for $240. The next step up would be significantly more costly I imagine.
  13. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,023   +2,556

    Before I would leap to the conclusion I could upgrade from , "any old copy of Windows", I'd do my research. I don't think M$ permitted a jump directly from XP to Win 7, and I would also expect the the installed copy of Windows you'd be upgrading from, would have to pass muster with WGA installed.

    I drilled this $300.00 Asus out of the pile @ Newegg: Why not take the time to compare specs and features with the Acer C-7 in this thread?
  14. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,383   +172

    The Windows 8 upgrade offer is from XP, Vista or 7. I see no reason why old retail copies of XP or Vista won't be eligible for it. If they were good enough to pass WGA the first time there's no reason they shouldn't now.

    Bigger and a faster CPU. Otherwise looks the same (HD size, RAM, display res). It's not bad, but it's more expensive and bulkier.

    Anyway, no point in pursuing this further. As I said I already have an E-350 11.6" laptop which is good enough for me. All I wanted to say is that I feel this is decent value for people who want something light that's a little better than a netbook.

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