Acer Chromebook: A solid-state Netbook for $349
Acer's just-announced Chrome OS laptop: Is it really any different from a Netbook?
During today's Google I/O Conference, the focus was on Chrome OS, and, Netbook-like ultraportables running Google's Chrome operating system. Samsung and Acer were first out of the gate with official products.
, 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.