Just another shameless review: Acer Chromebook


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Chromebook C720 from Acer

For many years I was anti-Chromebooks out of loyalty. That was a huge mistake. I had a Samsung Chromebook for the past two years and with all the changes going on in my world decided it was time to invest in a new one. I looked online at all the various Chromebooks that were available and decided on the new Acer series.

The unit is stark white – simply cool looking. The screen and graphics are improved over my old Samsung (which is two generations old now – but still completely functional).

What I love:

  • Setup was a breeze – connect to my wi-fi and type in my Google account and all my chrome settings (PC/Macintosh and old Chromebook) were pulled in within 2 minutes.
  • I love the keyboard –
  • SD slot support the new SDHC cards – 128 gigs of additional storage!
  • 32 gig SSD drive on this system is extremely useful – I am already down to 23 gig.
  • Touch screen – It really works!!!
  • USB 3.0 port
  • HDMI port
  • Chromecast (which is another product I love) works perfectly!
  • (battery life is only two charges) roughly 8.5 hours of use between charges so far.

What I didn’t like:

  • Nothing against this product – I am not a big fan of touch pads

Video playbook (YouTube and off of the SD slot) was smooth. Touch worked very nicely with the browser. The solution comes with 100 gigs of Google drive for two years which is a nice touch. Not sure I have enough data to put there but we will see. I got all of my cloud drives connected and operational very quickly.

Overall the experience with the device is incredibly impressive. From email, document creation to interacting with the web and Chromecast the experience is smooth and frankly flawless. What once was an afterthought has now become a viable technology solution. Each time I use a Chromebook I find more to love.

Overall if you are in the market for a device you can have on instantly, easily connects to wi-fi and has great battery life – the Chromebook is a great tool.

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Scott Andersen

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