Acer launches new C720 Chromebook

Third-generation device is 30 per cent thinner than its predecessor
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Acer has debuted its C720 Chromebook, which is said to be faster and thinner than its predecessor.

The C720, running on Google’s Chrome OS, measures in at 19.05mm thick, 30 per cent thinner than Acer’s previous model. Like the old model, however, the C720 still includes a full-sized keyboard. The device has lost weight too, weighing in at 1.3kg.

The C720 has an 11.6-inch ‘ComfyView’ 1366x768 HD display with a matte anti-glare property, which is powered by an Intel Celeron 2955U processor and 4GB of DDR3L memory.

The processor uses Intel’s Haswell micro-architecture, the power-saving effects of which mean that the C720’s battery can provide up to 8.5 hours of life.

By utilising the C720’s 16GB of SSD storage, Acer claims that the computer can boot in less than seven seconds.

A HD webcam is embedded in the front of the machine, as is a microphone. For connectivity, the Chromebook includes 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, a HDMI port, USB2.0 and USB3.0 ports and an SD card reader.

As with all Chromebooks, Google’s Chrome OS provides automatic updates, but the C720 also includes 100GB of free Google Drive cloud storage for two years.

The Acer C720 Chromebook will be available at the end of October with a starting price of €249 (£211).

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