*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 The price is awesome, if only it wasn't broken.
Cons It arrived broken and Google Play customer support was the worst ever.
Summary Things happen - mine arrived broken. It took me 3 days of phone calls and emails to finally find someone at Google Play customer support that knew how to issue a return RMA. Now I am stuck paying 15% restocking fee and shipping costs, just to send them back their broken computer.
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 Fires up fast.
Plenty of storage.
Great for taking into a wi-fi hotspot and taking care of biz.
Built well for the price.
Good quality LCD screen.
Plenty of USB ports.
HDMI port and others.
Cons Mouse pad takes some getting used to.
Limited to apps.
Can't watch my Quicktime movies.
Summary I am very pleased with the Acer C7. I haven't had a single problem with it so far. It appears that I'm getting 5 hours of battery life consistently, which is a tad more than predicted. To me, the lower battery life is a good trade off considering the plusses over the Samsung model.
It's so funny to read all these reviews written by people that act as though they would rather scoop dog poop barehanded than touch an Acer product. They always tout the Samsung Chromebook in what's supposed to be Acer Chromebook reviews. Well...I bought a lower end Samsung phone ($89.00) and it came with a browser that that won't even let you access the account that you are using the phone with. Almost all sites you visit will cause a popup to appear telling you that you don't have the memory to access the site. This is with an 8 gig micro sd card. Brand new and the phone would shut down when you closed the slider. I had to shim the battery with a piece of cardboard to keep that from happening. A minute and a half to send a 50k picture...if it sends the picture at all. I could go on and on. The last thing I want is another low end Samsung item.
So...anyhoo...my advice is that if money is a concern and you want an item that functions very well for the price, buy the Acer C7.