While it cleans up on mobile, Google’s quiet invasion of the laptop market invasion continues. Today sees the launch of the Acer C7 Chromebook, a new 11.6-inch laptop running its Chrome OS operating system for a rock bottom price – read on to find out if this can put the MacBook Air out of business.
For £199, the Acer C7 Chromebook gives you an 11.6-inch HD screen, a 1.3 megapixel webcam and HDMI-out so you can spit your screen out onto a nearby TV: the whole affair is powered by a 1.1GHZ Intel processor. You also get 100GB of free cloud storage on Google Drive for two years.
That price tag is a lot less than most Windows rivals for one reason: the Acer C7 Chromebook runs Chrome OS (which, unlike Windows 8, is free, passing on the savings to you). It’s a lightweight operating system that’s built entirely around the Chrome web browser: that means instant start-up times and easy to get to grips with navigation. But it also means a few downsides: if something doesn’t run in the browser, you can’t use it, which means no Spotify or fancy 3D games for you.
Still, for just £199, that should make it quite the bargain. If you were thinking of an £849 MacBook Air when all you need is a word processor and web browser you can take with you, it could make for a very tempting Christmas pressie indeed. It’s on sale now at Amazon and PC World/Currys – stay tuned for a full review ASAP.
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