Haswell-based Chromebooks just got a little cheaper. Acer has introduced a new model priced at only $200. The 11.6" system is nearly identical to the C720-2800 model Acer introduced last month. As far as I can tell, the only difference between the two is the amount of system memory: the C720-2800 comes with 4GB, while this latest 2848 variant has 2GB.
Both systems feature a Celeron 2955U processor with dual Haswell cores clocked at 1.4GHz. They also include a 16GB SSD, an 8.5-hour battery, and a surprisingly generous collection of expansion and connectivity options. The display is nothing special, though. It appears to employ a TN panel, and the resolution is only 1366x768.
The new Chromebook's pre-order price is $50 lower than the going rate for its 4GB predecessor, which is "temporarily out of stock." That's a heck of a difference for only 2GB of RAM, and I wonder if the cheaper model might also be saddled with a single-channel memory configuration. The 4GB version appears to be a dual-channel design, at least.
The Chromebook C720 is still limited by the operating system, of course, but you can probably throw Linux on the thing. Unlike with HP's recently announced Chromebook 11, you probably won't have to worry about overheating. The HP machine has been pulled from shelves due to an apparent issue with overheating power supplies.
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