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Acer introduces first-ever Intel Core i3 Chromebooks

Chromebooks just took a turn for the better. Acer announced its new C720 Chromebook models today, with both bearing a fourth-generation Intel Core i3 processor with varied amounts of RAM.

The Acer C720-3404 will come with 4GB of RAM and will cost $379.99 while the Acer C720-3871 will feature 2GB of RAM and cost $349.99. Both Acer C720 models will’ve 11.6-inch displays with a 1366 x 768p screen resolution. Along with these features can be added 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, as well as HDMI, USB 3.0, and USB 2.0 ports. In addition, Chromebooks will be allowed to run Google apps such as Chrome (for whom the Chromebook is named) and Gmail, and a 32GB Solid State Drive (SSD) will boot the Acer C720 in seven seconds or less.

One feature many worry about with laptops of any kind is the prevalence and risk of viruses. Chromebooks feature Google services, so Google will update your apps automatically without leaving you vulnerable to viruses and malware.

Intel Mobile Platforms Group notes how groundbreaking Acer’s new C720 computers are: “Acer has been a leader in the Chromebook space and the new C720 based on 4th generation Intel Core i3 processors marks a new class of Chromebook with enhanced performance and battery life,” said Navin Shenoy, vice president and general manager of Intel Mobile Client Platforms Group. “As one of the most powerful Chromebooks on the market, the additional performance of Core i3 enables an extremely responsive experience while surfing multiple tabs of web pages. Students, families and business users will recognize the difference in how snappy the new Acer C720 is with Intel Core i3.”

Acer’s new C720-3404 and C720-3871 will both go on sale in North America this month at retailers near you.


  1. doesn’t make sense. failure of the netbook was due to poor wireless connection, weak computing power, and low screen resolution. so we bumped up computing power, i assume wireless is good since it’s running CrOS, but 1366×768 when everyone’s moving to 2560×1440 standard from 1920×1080?

    • huh? In layman’s terms, that still is gibberish. The effective use of current technology without using expensive LED screens and their respective graphic resources coupled with Android kernels equates to value computing with affordable prices. If you want to condemn them for anything, why not the angle of a well oiled machine like Asus producing a cost effective computer with a decent profit margin that might be even cheaper if offered from another company with less corporate overhead?

      • doesn’t matter. a product can be greater value in terms of cost:features, but if it doesn’t have the min. specs ppl want, it’s doomed to sell poorly.
        i’m sure you’re proud of it from an engineering perspective, but for mass market consumers, no 1920×1080 or higher = not popular.

        • Wrong, Pmills is right. For the right cost I think most would sacrifice a 1080p screen. Hi res screens cost. It’s not really that important for Web browsing.

          • nope. ur both wrong. what proves i’m right is that laptops with 1366×768 have been declining much more rapidly. same with tablets. apparently, acer thinks so too as they’ve released a high res version. everyone’s moving to 1440p. who wants to be stuck with 1366×768? especially since we’re supposed to be upgrading hardware specs. there’s no reason to remain stuck at low res and not take advantage of faster hardware. most importantly, many sites’ content and applications do not display well, but 1080p+ is universal


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