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Acer Chromebook C720-2848 Intel Celeron 2955U 2GB RAM 16GB SSD 11.6" Chrome OS

  • Intel 4th Gen Haswell Celeron 2955U (1.40GHz)
  • 2GB Memory 16GB SSD
  • Intel HD Graphics
  • 1366 x 768
  • Chrome OS
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Joshua K.
  • 10/23/2014 10:58:38 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsJust awesome.

Pros: + Best battery life of any laptop I've owned
+ Chrubuntu/Chrome OS dual boot works really well

Cons: - Performance occasionally suffers when working in a "real" desktop environment

Other Thoughts: The C720 is an excellent choice if you're looking for a no-frills laptop for media access, productivity, or software development. Chrome OS is surprisingly flexible, and the app store is miles ahead of where it was when the Samsung Series 3 was released. I was surprised to find an extremely capable text editor (with vim bindings, no less!) the first time I decided to take a chance and devote some time to familiarizing myself with a well-reviewed Chrome productivity app. For those who don't want to work solely with Chrome OS's offerings, Chrubuntu runs extremely well on this machine. I have zRAM enabled on both my Chrome OS and Chrubuntu desktops (with a 1:1 RAM to swap ratio in Chrubuntu) - since configuring it correctly on my Chrubuntu desktop, I have noticed a huge performance increase.

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  • Vincent C.
  • 10/14/2014 7:12:17 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsAlmost Perfect

Pros: So at Auburn yesterday they were lending out free chromebooks, I picked one up, it's lighter than a galaxy tab 2. The battery life is on the level of an IPad I used it all of yesterday and it only used half of the total charge. Even comes with a 16gb SSD. If there was a slightly bigger 13.3" version it'd be a winner. But what they're selling for $199? This is nice. Also for some reason they were able to back some serious speakers into this machine, they're actually good.

Cons: Keyboard could be more tactile, It has pretty shoddy travel distance. But I was able to write a paper with it. So It can't be that bad.

Also no Skype? I have to use Outlook to chat with my Skype friends? Ew.

Other Thoughts: It's 200 Dollars. Killer. Esp for College.

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  • Lisa C.
  • 9/18/2014 7:08:39 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsA must for college students!

Pros: It has an SSD hard drive, for those who don't know its kind of like the memory in your phones. This allows it to boot in under 3sec from power button to password log in. Then instant after your password is entered. Takes about an hour to charge, holds a good charge while typing papers and will stay in stand by mode in a backpack for a week.

What makes this a must for college students, since there really is no OS that means it is always quick and never bogged down. Also you cannot receive viruses.

The acer chrome books are awesome due to their lack of an OS to bog them down. Its all I want in a college computer, a small laptop that is literally just an internet browser that I can access any files I save on my CB from any school computer by just logging onto my google account. And since it real time saves, the files are always current! Google dox and whatever the excel one is called, just brilliant! And being able to save the file in anyway imaginable is great for turning it into even the most picky of professors! (converts to .docx, richfile, ect.)

I have owned mine for over a year and it works flawlessly! Bought it for $200 too, what a steal. It is much better imo then netbooks because windows runs too slow on them. Also not many schools use Mac's (if you have ever noticed a special set of instructions to assignments if you have a mac) which is where the chrome book excels, it can save in .docx which every school I have been to uses (the format for Microsoft Office) Plus it is $800-1000 cheaper.

Cons: If you are in a computer class I would recommend using Microsoft Office for excel and access on school computers. But for typing papers and using the web it is great.

It also doesn't allow you to download applications and does not have a disc drive. Most applications can be found on the web (pandora for music, netflix/hulu for movies, google dox for word, ect.)

Since it only has 16gb of data it is not practical as your only computer. I believe google gives you 100gb on their cloud when you buy the computer so you have roughly 116gb to deal with.

Also it only works when you are connected to the internet. If you are not then it saves your work to the computer (can still use google dox) but once you connect it automatically syncs the file so it is up to date on your google account too.

Other Thoughts: Most of the time you are on your computer face it, you are on the internet. That is what a chromebook is, an Internet browser. You can do so much with it (besides downloading a lot of music, movies, and games) but that is not what this was meant for. I absolutely love my chrome book for college. The 11inch screen makes it portable and easy to fit into any back pack.

I am also scepticle of HP's chrome book and ones with larger screens. My opinion though. This acer one is solid. HDMI and usb 2/3 port! Like wow, and an SD slot for additional storage.

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  • Joseph L.
  • 9/17/2014 2:11:52 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLove this thing!

Pros: Lightweight, fast boot up, very low learning curve, simple to use, flexible storage options (can save to SD card, local drive), good keyboard design, excellent size, self-updating on regular basis so no chasing software updates.

Cons: Some keyboard quirks - ex. no delete key but Acer does give you tutorial on how to simulate the missing key(s) by a tutorial. Excellent otherwise

Other Thoughts: Have had this device since May and I love it! Perfect size, lightweight, FAST boot time, very responsive apps - it's simple computing the way it should be! I had an Asus Transformer (Android) tablet before this and that was fine but THIS is MUCH better! I've no complaints and love how Google automatically applies OS updates on regular basis - with NO degradation of performance whatsoever! The ChromeOS is poised to really take off as most people really only need few unique apps.

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  • James S.
  • 7/12/2014 9:10:13 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsHappy with product

Pros: Excellent speed. Chrome is excellent for my uses which are internet, e mail, and banking activities. Chrome is more secure than Windows PCs for finance uses. Build is excellent. Keyboard is smooth. Keys are larger than the previous Acer model.

Cons: Printing is more of a task. Applications not made to simplify process from Chromebooks as of yet. Battery life is good but could be better.

Other Thoughts: Happy with this purchase. Fast computer for what it is made to do. I would purchase again. I like this better than Samsung's Chromebook models. Design is nicely updated from previous Acer model.

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  • Jacob B.
  • 5/14/2014 7:25:31 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsvery good laptop replacement

Pros: Fast boot time. Syncs with all my Google-Chrome-Browser settings that I have on my work laptop. Battery life is great - for my use of 1-2 hours a night, I only charge it once a week! I don't even take the charger along if I'm on a business trip. Feather light. HDMI output to amp it up to a big screen too (nice for video playback).

Cons: As other have stated, the keyboard keys are full size, but there are fewer of them in the small form factor. Not a big deal to learn, just use the built in reminder by pressing "ctrl-alt-?" and it will display all of the hidden keys.

As some mention - you can hear the whine of the fan every now and then in a quite room - but again, crank up the tunes and problem solved...

One more sort of con - it took me a while to figure out that you can click and drag items by pressing down harder on the lower half of the track pad until you hear a 'click'. That was a little frustrating trying to move objects until I figured it out...

Other Thoughts: I bought this to take on business trips - to keep my work-stuffs separate from my non-work-stuffs. The light weight and no need to take a charger made it a simple decision that I haven't regretted.

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  • Joseph L.
  • 4/29/2014 6:46:52 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsAwesome little device

Pros: Fast, physical dimensions & weight are ideal, small learning curve, overall well designed and great price.

Cons: Some keyboard options not quite logical; needs more off-line apps.

Other Thoughts: I've used this computer now for a few months and I absolutely love it. It's lightweight both physically and systems wise without feeling as though something is lacking. This thing really boots in under 10 seconds and has excellent battery life. Learning to use the apps is pretty easy and in some cases more off-line apps would be welcomed, it doesn't appear to be a show-stopper for me.

Prior to this device, I had an Asus Transformer tablet with docking keyboard and that was good but not quite the right computing experience. I sold it and used the proceeds to buy this machine and am so much more happier. I get the best of all worlds: a fast loading devices that runs apps quickly and intuitively. It is well designed and provides me with a computing experience I'm most comfortable and familiar with.

Google and Acer have a definite hit in this package.

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  • David R.
  • 4/9/2014 10:46:25 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggsmixed

Pros: fast, inexpensive, great battery life

Cons: won't autoconnect to wifi unless I broadcast ssid. won't connect to bluetooth mouse. acer tech support does not have any info on mice that will work.

Other Thoughts: bought this because asus chromebox was backordered. my mistake. i wanted the wired lan and extra usb ports on the chromebox. why can't acer just build or recommend a mouse that works. my tablet, win laptop and desktop easily connect to my lan. this chromebook seems like a step backwards.

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  • Ryan W.
  • 4/8/2014 6:25:15 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat Laptop Replacement

Pros: Runs incredibly fast (the 7 second boot-up time boast is no joke), nice and light, incredible battery life. This thing lasts me an entire day of classes and work (9:30am to 10:00pm) with no problems. I was also able to install Ubuntu parallel to the chrome OS with no issues whatsoever thanks to the Intel chipset.

Cons: The keyboard is not very good. It takes some getting used to. Not a huge issue, but the only reason I didn't give this machine 5/5.

Other Thoughts: The only reason not to get a chromebook is if you're heavily reliant on Microsoft Office. Even then, google docs is a great alternative.

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  • George I.
  • 3/10/2014 4:40:54 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent bang for the buck.

Pros: Cheap, lightweight, long battery life,Haswell Celeron feels up to the job, no problem streaming Netflix or HBO Go.

The Chrome App selection is very good and I never really feel limited in what I can do with it.

Cons: Cheap, take care when lifting up the screen. The hinges seem really sturdy but there is some flex on the back side of the screen. Not a deal breaker and no eggs deducted for it. Hey, it's $219.00!

Other Thoughts: I bought this to have a an extra computer at home and to use for work. The offline apps are basic but all I need. Works great at home, the shop and the library. The one time I needed to get online in the middle of nowhere was not a problem. Just made my phone a mobile hot spot and got right to work. Works great for simple presentations too.

This is just so much more useful than a tablet for what I do and yes, I owned an iPad.

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