Pros: A solid, well-built Chromebook with a good feature set. I've had this Chromebook about 3 weeks. I'm quite familiar with Chrome OS, as this is my 2nd personal Chromebook and I've used Chrome OS devices (Chromebook and Chromebox) for over a year. I have hands-on experience with the Samsung ARM Chromebook and the Samsung 5 550. I like the VGA out for presentations. I've used HDMI out and it works well. I've not used the Ethernet port but like knowing it's available. Generally, I think that the Intel Chromebooks with 2GB do a better job of memory management than the ARM Chromebook. I believe that there are more memory leaks in the ARM build.
Make sure you know what a Chromebook is and what it is not before you buy one, but if you buy this one, knowing Chrome OS capabilities and limitations, you won't be sorry. It's an excellent device and an *outstanding* value.
Cons: Bluetooth is not available on this device at this time. Per discussion on Chromebook Central, it's actually a software issue not hardware, and it is possible to use Bluetooth if you switch to the Chrome OS Developer Channel and add appropriate drivers. However, this is not for the average Chrome OS user.
Overall Review: Come visit Chromebook Central on Google Groups, either before purchasing to ask questions, or to participate in the community after purchase! I look forward to "meeting" you there...
Pros: Web browsing with Chrome works well and standard extensions, such as AdBlock+, work. The display is better than expected for such a cheap unit. The 16 gig SD is plenty of space since there's no meaningful applications to install and most files are unusable in Chrome OS.
Cons: The Chrome OS specifications indicate that it supports many different file formats and the C710 come with an SD slot and a 100 gig Google Drive account. This is a deceptive and annoying tease, since most video, MP3, DOC, and XLS files that I tested did not work property. PDF's work OK, so maybe Google thinks most users have 100 gigs of PDF's? I really have no idea what Google thinks this storage space is usable for.
The file browser can preview image files and it can display most image formats. However, it is greatly inferior to the built in image browsers on Android, Windows, and Apple. As with many of the OS parts of the system, there's a lack of features and configurability.
The "clichet" keys are sticky, but still usable for typing URL's. Trying to type a paper or even a long email would be frustrating.
Overall Review: The Chrome part of this unit is OK, but the OS part is severely lacking.
Pros: Light weight, easy to use, relatively speedy, and good build quality.
Cons: Really should be shipped with at least 32 or 64 gb ssd, but I understand that the 16 gb ssd keeps the price down. I would suggest a factoy option for 4 gb ram and the other two larger drives at various pricepoints.
Overall Review: Overall a really good buy for $200. My first computer was a commodore 64 with a tape drive. People need to keep in mind that this is meant to be a value for a specific need. It is running in under 10 seconds, online and surfing in about 15 secinds. I find it to be able to cover about 90 percent of my computing needs. We also have four laptops (Thinkpad, Dell, Acer, and Asus) and like all of them. We have two desktops (HP, Acer), and havent had any issues with them either. We own three tablets (2 Samsung Tabs, Kindle Fire HD), and really love them!!! The reason I mention this is that this is a good fit in our computing family. The Acer Chromebook is a really good deal and is well worth the reasonable $200 pricetag. It gets a reccomendation from me.
Pros: Let me start by clarifying, I do not own THIS Chromebook. I own the Samsung 11.6" I am posting a review b/c of the other reviews here. Chromebooks are meant for surfing the web, utilizing Google& other cloud services. This is why they are inexpensive.
They use SSD's over HDD's for 10 second boot time and durability of the hard drive. The former Acer came with HDD and has wisely been replaced.
These devices are lighter, faster and more portable in both carrying and use. Yes a Windows 8 Laptop is better machine, it is also 3-5 times more expensive.
I would suggest anyone considering buying Chromebook learn what ChromeOS can and cannot do.
I work in IT as Desktop Support and do my entire job from home on a Chromebook. I can read my work email, research issues AND remote into my and other computers on our network. You are best to learn ChromeOS's limitations AND look at the Chrome Webstore online to see what web apps are available.
If you want GMAIL, YouTube, Netflix, Web, Spreadsheets, Word Processor, Presentation Software and Remote Desktop, etc, then a Chromebook is a great device.
Cons: Intel Celeron Processor vs. Arm (but that is accounted for in cost)
Overall Review: Research a tech product before you buy it. Read the specs. Read the specs of similar devices. Understand what that technology was designed to do. BE SURE TO COMPARE APPLES TO APPLES. Then read the reviews of the users and ask yourself, is what the reviewer saying important to my needs. If so, include their thoughts in your decision.
Pros: Does a great job of what is is designed for.
Pros: This is a chromebook -- meaning it's a device you use to access the internet using Google chrome and chrome apps. It isn't a regular laptop, and if you are looking for a regular laptop, this isn't it. If, however, you prefer to have a device that stands on its own and has a keyboard rather than a tablet device's input system, and you primarily use the internet and web apps, then this is a good choice. Most of the people who are disappointed with the chromebooks simply expected them to be a very cheap laptop, or a kind of tablet with a keyboard. It's neither of those. It's a device specifically designed for people who spend most of their time on the internet, using Chrome and other Google services -- and it provides that in a very streamlined, user-friendly way.
Cons: It's a tad heavy for a device of this type. The keyboard will take some getting used to for most users.
Overall Review: Know what you are looking for.
For me, who spends most of my home computer time on the internet browsing and posting and so on, this thing is fantastic. For someone who wants to use a lot of Windows apps on a laptop, obviously this isn't the device for you. It's a kind of niche device for people like me. In the end, you have to know what you want, and how you use a device, and then compare that to what a chromebook does in order to determine whether it's the right fit for you.
Pros: I was a little hesitant to buy this product because I'm not particularly an Acer fan. I did check this out along with the Samsung Chromebook at a physical electronics store and I liked it the best. The build quality is decent, the keyboard feels fine to me. I wouldn't want to write my thesis on it, but it's fine for web surfing. I prefer this form factor over a tablet since I don't have to smudge the screen with fingerprints and I can adjust the screen angle to my taste w/o holding it.. I thought I might have issues adjusting to the Chrome OS, but it really couldn't be any easier. I get about 4 hours of battery life, I'd probably get more if I didn't use it to watch movies. No problems at all with Wi-Fi. Probably my favorite thing about Chrome and this computer -- you're almost instantly online when you turn it on. I also like that it has three USB ports and an HDMI port. Nice!
This would be a great laptop (more of a netbook really) for grandma, the kids or anyone that just wants to surf the web and consume media. If you are looking for something for productivity, Windows compatibility or as a your main computer, this probably isn't for you.
Cons: A 16 GB SSD is tiny, I didn't know they even still existed. This isn't really a problem if you just consume media and surf the web, but if you wanted to store movies or video, you might want to consider the version with a standard HDD. Chrome assumes you want to use the cloud for everything, so I guess the size is a reflection of that.
It has a VGA port?! Come on really? Waste of space.
Pros: Great product with crouton
Cons: Battery life