Acer's C720 Chromebook is basically everything you could want from a $249 laptop, but apparently the company thinks it can still bring that price down a bit further. Today it's introducing the Chromebook C720-2848, a $199.99 "entry-level" model that's nearly identical to the already-cheap C720. They differ in one key area, though: the C720-2848 includes 2GB of RAM, whereas the $249 model offers twice that amount. That memory reduction seems to account for the $50 difference in price, as they appear to match up on all other specifications.
The C720-2848 features the same 11.6-inch, 1366 x 768 display, the same Intel Haswell Celeron processor, and the same 16GB of flash storage space as the C720. And the exterior design has also gone unchanged, remaining just as plasticky and bland as when we saw it last month. If you ask us, it's probably worth scrapping together the extra money for double the amount of RAM. But if your budget is limited to $199 and you're a fan of Chrome OS, Acer's C720-2848 is about the best you'll do. If worse comes to worst, you'll just need to cut down on all those open Chrome tabs should things start to slow down a bit. The new Acer Chromebook is available in the US starting today from Amazon and Best Buy.