Acer Chromebook: A solid-state Netbook for $349

Acer's just-announced Chrome OS laptop: Is it really any different from a Netbook?

Acer Chromebook: Google's take on the Netbook
Acer Chromebook: Google's take on the Netbook Acer

During today's Google I/O Conference, the focus was on Chrome OS, and most notably the formal launch of Chromebooks , Netbook-like ultraportables running Google's Chrome operating system. Samsung and Acer were first out of the gate with official products.

We covered Samsung's earlier , but here are the details on Acer's 11.6-incher, priced at $349 for a Wi-Fi-only version (3G will be an additional optional configuration).

Amazon already has a preorder page detailing the Acer's specs, bullet-pointed below:

  • 11.6-inch 1,366x768-pixel 16:9 screen
  • Intel Atom dual-core 1.66GHz CPU
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB SSD drive
  • 1.3-megapixel Webcam
  • stereo speakers
  • 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • 2 USB 2.0 ports
  • HDMI port
  • 2.95 pounds

Our take: Basically, what you're getting is a dual-core Atom 11-inch Netbook, with a 16GB solid-state drive and Chrome OS. The storage space is tiny, but will it fare better with Chrome's possibly smaller-footprint operating system? We don't see any mention of it having an SSD card slot, unlike the Samsung Series 5. That would be a big loss.

Acer's Chromebook will be available on June 15.

 

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