*Upgradeable (SATA HDD, 2 RAM slots
*User replaceable battery (Samsung does not)
*Ethernet port (Samsung does not)
*3 USB 2.0 ports
*VGA and HDMI out
*SD card slot
*Gloss Screen (Samsung is matte)
Cons *Battery life - But user replaceable ;)
*Weight (heavier than the Samsung)
*Cooling fan (Samsung is fanless)
Summary I originally bought the thin Samsung Chromebook..but returned it a few days later. 16gb of local storage and a washed out matte display wasn't very exciting. I switched to the Acer C7 because it offered more usable features for daily use (Ethernet, VGA etc.).
I am also not a "Weight-Weenie" and can handle transporting a 3 pound device without a problem haha!
I put the $50 savings towards a 64GB SSD and a 8GB DDR RAM upgrade. This gave me 10GB of RAM total. I then installed Ubuntu 12.04 Unity (dual booted). Now that Ubuntu is installed..it works like a normal laptop.
I also found that saving movies locally and trying to play them using the Chrome OS was weak. It only played AVI files.
Once Ubuntu was installed.. I was able to play all my movies locally using the VLC video player =D
Hope this helps you determine which Chromebook to purchase.
Pros Price, 320 G. HD. Camera, Ethernet!!, wireless, everything you need to surf the Internet. Easy to Use!
All for $199 Great Price
Cons NONE That I can Think Of
Summary GREAT PRODUCT, GREAT PRICE, GREAT TOOL FOR CHILDREN TO LEARN AND HELP WITH THEIR EDUCATION, AT LEAST GET THEM OFF TO A GOOD START IN THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT. THANK YOU ACER & GOOGLE FOR MAKING THIS GREAT PRODUCT At a Reasonable Price. Pete
Pros Easily upgradable memory and drive (voids warranty however)
Intel Dual-core Celeron 847, NM70 Intel HD graphics outperforms other low-end CPU
Dual bootable to Linux (ChrUbuntu) with dead simple installation script (google it)
Cons Battery life is shorter than Samsung
No USB 3.0 (needed the HM70 chipset for that)
Summary I needed Ultrabook convenience without the overkill and found it here. I upgraded to 8GB DDR3 Dual Channel memory (for $32) and a 120GB SSD (for $80) and this thing smokes on both ChromeOS and ChrUbuntu. I had no problem upgrading to Ubuntu 12.10 and adding the Cinnamon desktop. Office 2010 runs fine with PlayOnLinux and just for fun, I ran WinXP in a VMware box allocating both cores and it ran just fine. I couldn't be happier!
Pros <> Great screen: very clear, crisp fonts, good for e-books & websites
<> Chrome Store is great! Lots of free apps
<> Dead simple interface
<> No viruses
<> No updating
<> USB/SD/CRT/SVGA ports
<> It is only $1
Cons <> Keyboard a little small, but you get used to it
<> Speakers are a little tinny
<> Could have the battery last a little longer, but I am really stretching here to say negative things about it
Summary My laptop died, so I went dutifully ot Best Buy to see if he could be saved. (He could, but it would have been expensive.) For less than the price of them just looking at my dead laptop, I walked 5 aisles over and impulsively bought the cheapest Chromebook I coudl find, the Acer for $199. $199! My +phone+ cost more than that!Oops. I stated it wrong. It comes with a VGA port and an HDMI port (not SVGA and CRT -- should have looked that up, sorry.)
I have not regretted this purchase not for a second. Anyone who writes a negative review either lives in the woods without wireless access or simply doesn't want to give it a chance, out of some bias.
Anyway, if you have one fully-loaded PC in your house, I highly recommend making any other supplemental computer a Chromebook. They are light, portable, simple, and uncluttered, with an easy interface and full access to Google docs, Dropbox, and Google drive for storage. Plus, there is a handy SD slot in the front and also a strangely-underadvertised hard drive. Also strangely underadvertised is the Chrome Store itself (please google it). It is not Google Play -- that is only for Android and phone/tablet devices. The Chrome Store is great. I get so many free useful apps on there.
Anyway, give it a go. See for yourself. You have very little to lose.
Updated on Jan 29, 2013
Pros No maintenance....ever. There are no programs running on your Chromebook so you never have update anything or worry about downloading malware or viruses.
Cons Yes, you always have to be connected to the to the net but don't we do that anyway?