Not all Chromebooks are created equally, but if you look at whats actually in them… they actually are. Now that Chromebooks are becoming more popular, how they’re made is changing. Acer has two prime examples of wildly different requirements: full-laptop performance and all-day battery life.
Of all tested Chromebooks, the C720’s excellent performance makes it not only the better machine of the two, but the best Chromebook we’ve ever tested. All that power with eight hours of battery life for less than $400 is an incredible deal.
Not all Chromebooks are created equally, but if you look at what’s actually in them… they actually are. They almost always have Intel Celeron processors, either 2GB or 4GB of RAM, a half-reasonable display, and everything else a laptop requires. The only real difference most of the time is the quality of the keyboard, trackpad and whichever name is on the machine.
The new Chromebook C720 is the upgraded version of one of the most popular Chromebooks on the market. This C720 comes with the Ultrabook-grade Intel i3-4005U dual-core 1.7GHz processor, the same found in laptops more than twice its size and price.
This 11.6-inch computer is the most powerful Chromebook available outside of the bigger, heftier Chromebook Pixel; with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage, plus the free 100GB of Google Cloud space, the high $380 price tag is a crazy good deal. That’s because the performance matches the price twofold.
Then again, that lower performance means significantly better battery life. Eight hours from the C720 is great, but 11.5 or 13 hours from the Chromebook 13 is unprecedented, especially if you plan to have focused sessions and are only doing one thing at a time. Ironically, or perhaps thankfully, the better-performing but lower-performing and lower-resolution model lasts longer and is less expensive at $300, while the full HD model goes for $380.
The biggest problem with Chromebooks today isn’t that they can’t do everything a standard PC or Mac can; that’s what the web is for. It’s performance. We all see a laptop, a mobile computer with a screen, keyboard, trackpad, and all the bells and whistles. So the software on it had better run just like we expect, just like a standard laptop, and Chromebooks haven’t fully lived up to that.
The C720 does, however, and does so with eight hours of battery life, a great keyboard and trackpad, and it’ll even keep that great performance while hooked up to a 4K monitor. Hell, a MacBook Air can’t even do that well. All for less than $400. Read more…