Thoughts on Acer Chromebook
When I first saw the HP Chromebook, I was pleasantly amazed at how huge a departure it is from the rest of the Chromebook lineup. From the outside, it appears to be what Chrome OS needs, a fun-looking device that accentuates the whole point of Chrome OS being a portable platform for users to quickly access the web. However, it was bogged down by an outdated processor and a meagre battery life.
Enter the Acer Chromebook! As understated as it looks, it addresses the major problems plaguing the existing crop Chrome OS devices - speed and battery life. It is kind of ironic since these are the major concerns when one buys a cheap laptop with web-surfing and portability as priorities. And finally, it seems like Chrome OS has a device that truly lives up to what it is supposed to be - quick, portable and long-lasting.
I'm truly perplexed by Google's decision to market the HP Chromebook as the "Chromebook for everyone" though. Firstly, it is because I believe that Chromebook really isn't for everyone. It serves the needs of people who only do casual browsing and rely on web services really well. This include the less tech-savvy, those who are looking for a more productive and connected machine than a tablet and yours truly. However, a large portion of people (if Chrome OS-bashing in the comments section is any indication) would find it impossible to live with such a simplified operating system. Secondly, the only compelling reasons I see to get a HP Chromebook over the updated Acer one is the screen and the aesthetics. Even so, the Acer Chromebook doesn't have an awful screen nor grotesque hardware like the old Pavilion Chromebook. For $20 cheaper, I don't see why any informed buyer should get a HP Chromebook instead of the Acer Chromebook.
These are just my ten cents worth. After reading the review (http://www.theverge.com/2013/10/23/4948120/acer-c720-chromebook-review), I find it really tempting to get one. I also find it a pity that Google channelled their marketing might to promoting a lesser Chromebook. The Acer Chromebook C720 is what previous Chromebooks should have been, and it will probably be my first Chromebook.