Acer C7

Verge Review

Chrome OS is in the midst of a sort of existential crisis. Google's web-based OS was originally used on full-fledged, full-powered and full-priced laptops, but its niche now seems to be cheaper, smaller computers. But even in that world, there's plenty of variation. Samsung's new Series 5 Chromebook costs $249, and looks and feels like a regular laptop, but it's powered by an ARM processor that you're more likely to find in a tablet or a cellphone. Acer has gone the opposite direction with...

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Basic Specs

Laptop type Budget, Ultraportable
Thickness 1 inches
Weight 3.05 pounds
Operating system Chrome OS
Screen size (diagonal) 11.6 inches
CPU brand Intel
CPU family Sandy Bridge
Graphics type Integrated
Integrated GPU model HD Graphics

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Tech Specs

Also Known As...

Alias C710-2605

Hardware

Laptop type Budget, Ultraportable
Thickness 1 inches
Weight 3.05 pounds
Color Gray / Black

Software

Operating system Chrome OS

Display (base)

Screen size (diagonal) 11.6 inches
Technology LCD
Backlight LED
Resolution (X) 1366 px
Resolution (Y) 768 px
PPI 135.09

Keyboard

Type Chiclet

Mouse

Type(s) Trackpad

Processor (base)

CPU brand Intel
CPU family Sandy Bridge
Model Celeron 847
Cores 2
Clockspeed 1.1 GHz

GPU (base)

Graphics type Integrated
Integrated GPU brand Intel
Integrated GPU model HD Graphics

Memory

Base RAM size 2 GB
Max. config RAM size 4 GB
RAM type DDR3

Storage

Options HDD (5400RPM), HDD (Unspecified RPM)
Base drive capacity 320 GB
Max. config HDD 500 GB
Card reader Yes
Card reader support SD, MMC

Webcam

Effective pixels 1.3 megapixels
Video resolution 720p

Port options

USB 3
Ethernet 1
Ethernet type 10/100
VGA 1
HDMI 1
3.5mm mic / headphone combo 1

Connectivity

Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi options 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
802.11n frequencies 5GHz, 2.4GHz

Battery

Quoted time 3.5 hr

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6.5

Average User Review

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  • Performance 6
  • Heat / noise 7
  • Battery life 6
  • Software 1

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  • 5.0
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    Reviewed by uraniumhexoflorite (Currently owns)

    The acer chromebook c7 is a good portable laptop, but it stinks when it comes to running games. It also runs out of battery very quickly. It also is almost entirely dependent in an internet connection. Chrome os also prevents you from running non web based apps. It's a good laptop if you only go on the web.

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    Reviewed by dave92029 (Currently owns)

    The Acer C7 has exceeded my expectations, for a notebook thats only costs $199.

    The Keyboard and track pad are both very good and easy to use. I especially like the keyboard because I have very large hands and the spacing of the keys is perfect for me. I especially like the arrow keys and function keys.

    The Verge reviewer either is very heavy handed or doesn't know that the track pad has settings that can be adjusted to fit his needs. I use a light touch and the track pad works great for me.

    I live in southern California and I'm still wearing shorts. The C7 sits on my lap and feels a little warm, but it certainly is Not hot! I have Never noticed any noise from the fan and certainly have never felt hot air coming out the sides of my C7.

    I agree that the build quality of an Apple Air, that costs $1200 (10X the price of the C7) is much better...Duh! The C7 is made of plastic and I appreciate that it does Not flex like many $600 notebooks that I have looked at. The Acer is well made for a $199 plastic laptop, and only weighs 3 pounds.

    The Benchmarks cited in the Verge article is not indicative of a typical Acer C7. Sunspider scores from other C7's tested seem to be in the 490 - 520 range when tested with no tabs open and immediately after rebooting. The Verge reviewer probably had 15 tabs + open when he ran his "test". The Acer C7 appears to be delivering 20-30% Better performance than the ARM Samsung Chromebook at 25% lower cost.

    The Acer C7 also offers the ability to upgrade the hardware. The unit comes with 2Gb of ram, but only uses one of the two ram slots. You can upgrade to 16Gb of ram if you want. I upgraded the ram from a recently purchased late 2012 i7 mac mini. The 4Gb that came out of the Mac Mini fit in my Acer C7 and make it more snappy.

    The hard drive can also be upgraded, but since Chrome doesn't really use the hard drive after booting I don't feel that upgrade is worth the cost. My Acer C7 boots up in about 16 seconds, which is pretty fast.

    The battery life is poor, but I always plug in my laptop. Not a problem for me. Most WiFi locations are in buildings with electric plugs, so I use the local electric power. I really like the thin power cord that is used on the Acer C7, because it doesn't take up much room when folded up.

    The Acer C7 is an excellent choice to surf the internet and read and write emails. It also is very good for watching videos and TV. I'm very pleased with my $199 Acer C7, it has exceeded my expectations!

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