Acer rolls out a $199 Chromebook

Posted by Trent Nouveau

Just weeks after Samsung began shipping its ARM-powered Chromebook, Acer has announced a $199 Intel x86-based (Celeron 847) laptop that runs Google's Chrome-centric operating system.

Specs? 18 second boot up time, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, HD 1.3MP webcam, 11.6-inch HD Widescreen CineCrystal LED-backlit LCD, 2MB L3 cache, 2GB of DDR3 memory and a 320GB HDD for storing files.

Additional features include three USB 2.0 ports, an HDMI port, as well as an SD and MMC card reader. Interestingly, battery life is estimate at only 3.5 hours, which is indeed a far cry from the 6.5 hours offered by Samsung's ARM-powered Chromebook.

How do the other specs compare? Well, Samsung's $250 Chromebook is loaded with an 11.6 inch display, 802.11n/WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0, a USB 3.0 port, a USB 2.0 port, HDMI output, a VGA camera, 16GB of storage, 2GB of RAM, 10 second boot time and instant resume from sleep.

I don't know about you, but I plan on sticking with Samsung's Chromebook for now. Three extra hours of battery life is far more important to me than a 320GB GB HDD or saving 50 bucks. And the faster loading time is definitely an added bonus, although not exactly a deal breaker.