My Thoughts on Technology and Jamaica: US$299 Acer Chromebook C720P launched as the Second Touchscreen Chromebook - Affordable Google Pixel Chromebook clone that’s sure to please this Christmas

Saturday, November 30, 2013

US$299 Acer Chromebook C720P launched as the Second Touchscreen Chromebook - Affordable Google Pixel Chromebook clone that’s sure to please this Christmas

More Christmas goodies seem to be popping up this Thanksgiving Weekend, known commonly in the US of A as Black Friday. The Deals on Tech are crazy and it’s easy to get sucked into the hype. But a few deals are hard to ignore, especially for Jamaicans shopping online looking for that perfect under US$50 gift as stated in my blog article entitled “Great Gadget gifts for less than US$50 for you loved ones - Something Great for everyone that likes The Starving Games this Christmas 2013”.

So here’s another. Remember the US$279 HP Chromebook 11 that announced to the world that HP’s back in the Laptop Game with a Google Pixel Clone that’s a Milennial (ages 18 to 28) magnet as declared in my blog article entitled “US$279 HP Chromebook 11 is a great Christmas present for Millennials”?

Well, Acer has launched a US$299 Acer Chromebook C720P that’s making those looking for a great deal in the Laptop section feel rewarded, as this baby is packing Touchscreen as explained in “Hooray for cheapskates! Acer takes the wraps off $300 touchscreen Chromebook”, published November 27, 2013 By Konrad Krawczyk, DigitalTrends and “Acer to sell touch Chromebook at fraction of Google Pixel price”, published November 26, 2013 2:47 PM PST by Michelle Meyers, CNET News.
It’s a deal as not only is the US$299 Acer Chromebook C720P slightly cheaper than the US$279 HP Chromebook 11 that came out a month ago in October 2013.  However, the Acer Chromebook C720P is just ONLY the second touchscreen Chromebook to launch.

That is, since the February 2013 when the Google's $1,299 Chromebook Pixel made its debut as pointed out in “Acer's new touchscreen C720P Chromebook undercuts the Pixel at $299”, published November 26, 2013 03:22 pm By Chris Welch, The Verge and “Google's Chromebook Pixel elevates Chrome OS ambitions”, published February 21, 2013 11:01 AM PST by Stephen Shankland, CNET News.
In short, this is an amazing deal for an additional perk that currently on most higher-end laptops!

Acer Chromebook C720P – For Touchscreen, the Price is Right and beat HP Chromebook 11

So let’s get straight to it, as this is yet another reason why Chromebooks are the most popular Laptop option on Amazon! This is yet another great Chromebook deal and at this price it’s a magnet for Teenagers (ages 13 to 17) and Millennials (ages 18 to 28) being it’s only US$20 more than the US$279 HP Chromebook 11 as stated in my blog article entitled US$279 HP Chromebook 11 with stylings mimicking the Google Chromebook Pixel - Low-end Laptop with high-end specs and sub-US$300 pricing is a great Christmas present for Millennials”. 
The Specs of the Touchscreen Acer Chromebook C720P as listed in “Spec Sheet: Acer and HP's Chromebooks battle over price and power”, published November 29, 2013 07:30 pm By Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge tell the tale of the tape:

1.      Processor: Intel Celeron 2955U Haswell Processor
2.      Hard-Drive: 32GB SSD
3.      RAM: 2GB
4.      Screen: 11.6-inch 1366 x 768 LED backlit with Touch Screen
5.      Dimensions: 11.34 in x 8.03in x 0.75 in
6.      Weight: 2.76 lb
7.      Battery: 3950 mAh Chemistry: Lithium Polymer (Li-Po) with 8.5 hr
8.      Network connectivity: 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi
9.      Ports: USB 3.0 connector, USB 2.0, HDMI-out
10.  Camera: integrated Webcam

Product offers:

1.      100GB of Google Drive storage for free
2.      12 free sessions of GoGo® Inflight Internet
Jamaicans wanting the Acer Chromebook C720P – Wi-Fi on the go is all you need

For Jamaicans apprehensive about Chromebooks, the following are worth noting, as this isn’t an ordinary laptop, as it has virtually limited Hard-Drive space. Instead, most of your work is stored in the cloud, hence Google’s generous donation of 100 GB of Cloud Storage on Google Drive.

The only drawback is the lack of 3G support. Still the sacrifice for the touchscreen was worth it, which may explain the US$20 price over the US$279 HP Chromebook 11. However, the lack of 3G Internet connectivity is a small worry as Wi-Fi can be easily had with the purchase of a MiFi from either Telecom Provider Digicel as noted in Ramano Park’s Geezam article entitled “WiFi On The Go: Digicel MiFi” or LIME as noted in Geezam article entitled “Crouching LIME Huawei E586 Mi-Fi – Hidden Dekal Wireless Dragon”.

Touchscreen is worth this slight, especially as the Google Chromebook Pixel weighs in at US$1,299 for the same feature and similar specs. So it’s a deal in more ways than one, as you can just save on 3G Internet by simply Wi-Fi Hopping!

Performance is also guaranteed to be fast and quiet as well as cheap on your pocket as it uses a low-Voltage Intel Celeron 2955U Haswell Processor with a whisper quiet 32 GB SSD (Solid State Drive). Cool as a cucumber this laptop; you can actually place it on your lap and it won’t cook you slowly.
And yes, like the US$279 HP Chromebook 11, it’s a Teenager (ages 13 to 17) and Milennial (ages 18 to 28), the US$299 Acer Chromebook C720P is a stocking stuffer that’s sure to please even the most discerning Computer Fanatic in your life! Here’s the links to purchasing this tough-feely US$299 Acer Chromebook C720P.

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