Acer Lowers Price of Chromebook

Acer is attempting to push the prices down of its Chromebooks and announced this week new Chrome OS laptop prices at just $199.99.

The Chromebook C720-2848 from Acer has a screen that is 11.6 inches in size and its target market is those people who do the majority of their work on the Web.

The battery life for the lightweight laptop is 8.5 hours. The operating system for the computer has an Intel Celeron processor that is based upon the micro-architecture of Haswell.

The newest line of Acer Chromebooks, which are running the most recent Chrome OS version, started hitting the market in October.

Those Chromebooks were all priced in excess of $200 and the latest laptop by Acer could prove to be the spark for a price war for laptops.

The ultra low pricing Acer hopes will make the Chromebooks an attractive alternative to more consumers, said a spokesperson from the company in a prepared email. The majority of laptops available today in the market operate on Windows.

A competitor for the new $199 Acer Chromebook will be Google and Hewlett-Packard’s Chromebook 11. The laptop has 6.5 hours of life on the battery and has a retail price of $279.

The Chromebook 11 was launched in October and has a Samsung Exynos ARM-based processor. Last month Acer announced its Chromebook C720-2800 at $249, which has specifications similar to those of the latest Google Chromebook.

The newest C720-2848 Chromebook weighs just 2.75 pounds, is nearly paper thin and boots up almost instantly, said an Acer spokesperson.

The laptop has a drive storage that is solid-state and a DRAM of 2GB, with 100GB of Google Drive free online storage for the first 24 months.

The resolution on the screen display is 1366 x 768. Other features on the laptop included a 2.0 and 3.0 USB port, WiFi, a webcam and a HDMI port that allows the computer to be connected to televisions that are high definition.

In the United States, the new laptop is currently available, while worldwide, the availability was not released by Acer.