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Acer slashes $50 from C720 Chromebooks

The revamped, slim Chromebook C720 gets 20 percent lopped off its sticker price.

The Acer Chromebook C720 updates last year's model with significantly longer battery life and a better processor, but the Chromebook competition is getting tougher. Acer

For a while, it seemed like Chromebooks had a sweet spot of $250, so Acer rose to the challenge and priced this year's new Chromebook C720 at that level -- $50 higher than last year's C710.

On Friday, it released an updated version of the C720 -- back at $199.99.

The Acer C720-2848 Chromebook is 0.75-inch thick, weighs 2.75 pounds, sports an 11.6-inch, 1,366x768-pixel display, and matches the previous Acer C720 model. For now, it retails at Best Buy and Amazon.com. It will be in the Acer store in December, according to Acer representatives. The laptop comes with Google Play Music All Access and 12 free Gogo Inflight passes, good within the US only. Its 8.5 hours of battery life remain unchanged from last month's original C720 model, thanks to its Celeron-branded, Haswell-variant chip.

Other features in the C720-2848 include 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, dual speakers, a USB 3.0 port, a USB 2.0 port, an HDMI port, and a high-definition Web cam.

The price change matches the C720 to its predecessor, which also retailed for $199.99. For low-end Chromebooks, $250 may be just too much.