Acer C7 Chromebook is a new online-powered £200 laptop

The Acer C7 Chromebook is a new Web-powered laptop with Google software that'll set you back just £200.

Fancy a laptop for less than two hundred quid? Have a gander at the Acer C7 Chromebook, a new online-powered laptop with Google software that costs a mere £200.

The C7 sports an 11.6-inch, 1,366x768-pixel LED-backlit screen and 1.3-megapixel webcam. The first version is the Acer C710-2847, powered by a 1.1GHz Intel Celeron 847 processor with 2GB of DDR3 memory and a 320GB hard drive.

Chunky at an inch thick, the laptop boasts an HDMI connection and three USB ports, as well as SD card reader.

The C7 is the latest laptop powered by Google's Chrome operating system, which keeps your computer light on its feet by including only the most basic software and files built-in, doing pretty much everything online.

Your Chromebook comes with up to 100GB of free Google Drive storage for two years, so your work, music, photos and other files are safe in the cloud even if you lose your laptop. You can still get to files without an Internet connection, or write Google documents and Gmail emails as well. But that's it: no installing applications, and very little that doesn't require an Internet connection.

On the other hand, unburdened by built-in software, the C7 boots up in less than 18 seconds and springs back to life in the blink of an eye when it's been in sleep mode. 

Samsung has also recently announced a new Chrome OS laptop, the eponymous Samsung Chromebook . Fingers crossed this new wave of Chromebooks solve the problems of previous attempts, which earned a resounding thumbs-down: the Samsung Series 5 550 earned just two CNET stars in our review.

But with a price of £200, is the C7 still a bargain? It's available now from Google Play, Amazon, PC World and Currys.

Is Chrome an evolutionary cul-de-sac now we have tablets like the iPad, Google Nexus 7 and Microsoft Surface? Do hybrid Windows 8 laptops do the same job much better? Tell me your thoughts in the comments or on our Facebook page.

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Rich Trenholm is a senior editor at CNET where he covers everything from phones to bionic implants. Based in London since 2007, he has travelled the world seeking out the latest and best consumer technology for your enjoyment.

 

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