For business users in the market for a touch-screen notebook, Acer’s C720P Chromebook is one of the best bargains out there.
The new laptop is a variant of the Acer C720 Chromebook. It boasts the same 11.6-inch display, Haswell Intel-based Celeron processor and long battery life, and adds touch-screen functionality. Retailing for $299, the new C720P is a whopping $1,000 cheaper than the Chromebook Pixel, the only other touch-screen Chrome OS device on the market. Like other Chromebooks, the C720P runs on Chrome OS, a browser-based operating system from Google. If you rely on a particular piece of Windows or Mac software, the platform might not suit your needs.
But budget-minded business users might be able to make do with the C720P’s lineup of Web applications. If you need to browse the Web, check and respond to email, or create and edit documents, spreadsheets and presentations, a Chromebook might be all you need — and at a lower price point than comparable Windows or Mac machines. Some Web applications, such as the Google Docs office suite, can also be used when you’re offline so you can continue to work wherever you are.
1. Long battery life
The C720P Chromebook is a long-lasting laptop. Acer claims the machine can run up to 7.5 hours on a charge. That makes it a good pick for business users who rely on their laptop while traveling or conducting business on the go.
2. Quick startup time
Running the lightweight Chrome OS allows the C720P to boot up in just 7 seconds, faster than most tablets. The quick startup time means it’s easier to use the machine to complete a quick task or respond to an email. It also makes it more convenient to power off the notebook when it’s not in use to conserve battery life.
3. More storage
The C720P packs 32GB of internal storage, twice that of Acer’s C720 Chromebook. That gives business users more flexibility to store large files and documents when an Internet connection isn’t available. When you do have access to Wi-Fi, you can sync your files to Google Drive, the tech giant’s cloud storage platform. C720P buyers receive 100GB of free Google Drive storage space for the first two years following their purchase; nonpaying users can use just 15GB of space.