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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Scott Stein is a senior editor covering iOS and laptop reviews, mobile computing, video games, and tech culture. He has previously written for both mainstream and technology enthusiast publications including Wired, Esquire.com, Men's Journal, and Maxim, and regularly appears on TV and radio talking tech trends.

 

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