Acer launches $300 touch-enabled Chromebook

Acer Inc. has just launched another Chromebook, this time with a touchscreen and an appealing price point of around $320, or $300 in U.S. dollars. That’s less than a hundred dollars more than some of its other Chromebooks, which don’t come with touchscreens.

The C720P is Acer’s first stab at building a touchscreen Chromebook, and it’s also considerably cheaper than Google’s Chromebook Pixel, which is priced at around $1,380. Measuring in with an 11.6-inch HD LED backlit display, it has a resolution of 1366 x 768. The touchscreen allows users to do gestures like swipe, tap, and pinch to zoom in and out, making it a good play for users who are already familiar with touchscreens and want to use them on their laptop.

(Image: Acer).
(Image: Acer).

Beyond the touchscreen, it looks pretty similar to other models in Acer’s C720 line. Like those models, it comes with about seven and a half hours’ worth of battery life, and it runs on an Intel Celeron 2955U processor and uses a 32-gigabyte SSD, allowing it to start up in around seven seconds. It’s also touted as being not too shabby on the multitasking side, allowing users to run multiple tabs and apps.

The C720P weighs a little less than three pounds, making it light and easy to carry, even though it has an integrated HD webcam and dual speakers under the hood. On its sides, it comes with USB 3.0, USB 2.0, and HDMI ports. It connects to wireless networks and hotspots through 802.11a /b/g/n WiFI.

(Image: Acer).
(Image: Acer).

And like its namesake indicates, it runs the Chrome operating system (OS), making it easy for users to connect to their Google apps.

The C720P becomes available, along with a one-year warranty, in early December at, Best Buy, or directly from Acer’s Web site.

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