At $199 Everyone Can Afford A New Computer
LABELLE, FL. -- As an early user of Google's Chromebook computers, I've been a supporter of the concept of "cloud" computing for a long time.
As a recipient of one of the original CR-48 Google prototypes two year ago I've became accustomed to the convenience of a quick booting, lightweight no-hassle full-keyboard device.
Google last month announced a new $249 Samsung Chromebook, breaking the price barrier easily over competitors, and today the $199 Acer C7 Chromebook with a 320 GB diskdrive is available directly from Google Play
as well as Best Buy stores and BestBuy.com.
The Google innovation this time is the inclusion of a hard drive to allow storage on the computer in addition to using Google Drive cloud services including Google Docs, Gmail, Maps, Youtube, and Google+.
According to Google, the Acer C7 Chromebook delivers a hassle-free computing experience with speed, built-in security and the simplicity of automatic updates. The new device features a full-size keyboard, fully clickable trackpad, an extra bright 11.6-inch display and over 3.5 hours of battery life. (That's about half the battery life of previous Chromebooks because of the hard drive in the new Acer model.)
The new computer is powered by an Intel Core processor, and boots up in 18 seconds, resumes instantly and high-definition videos play smoothly. You can store your files on the Chromebook or in the cloud, with a 320GB hard drive and 100GB of free storage on Google Drive.
Chromebooks all provide the ability to have separate accounts, so as Google says, "Moms, dads, siblings or even your roommate can all have separate accounts and simply log in to get things done" on one shared computer.
In the U.K., it’s available on Google Play, Amazon UK, PC World and Currys. Google says it's working hard to bring the Acer Chromebook to more countries soon.