Acer Keeps it Real Affordable with C720P Chromebook and Iconia A1-830 Tablet


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Acer C720 Chromebook

Acer is coming to CES with a new Chromebook – well, not exactly. A new color for a Chromebook, anyway. The new C720P-2600 model is coming in a brand new moonstone white that surrounds the entire chassis of the notebook.

The color is pretty much the only thing that has changed since the C720P’s original release last year. You’ll still find the same 10-point touch 1366 x 768 resolution 11.6” display and the same 4th generation Intel Celeron 2955U processor, part of Intel’s budget line that fits in well with the price-conscious crowd interested in Chromebooks. That processor will be backed by 2 GB of DDR3 RAM. You’ll still have a 32 GB SSD for storage, along with 100 GB of free cloud storage on Google Drive. An HD webcam rounds out the hard specs. Battery life is pretty generous for a notebook, at about 7.5 hours.

You also get a machine that runs Chrome OS, Google’s platform based solely around the use of Google’s suite of cloud apps and services. That OS updates automatically, without you needing to do anything, if you see that as a plus. From what I can tell, the only thing that has changed with this release is the color – that bright moonstone white. Fortunately, that also means the price has stayed the same, at $300. The C720P-2600 model will hit stores sometime next week.


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Iconia B1-720

At CES, Acer is also showing off their new Iconia A1-830, a low-cost 8” Android tablet. Coming in at 7.9”, exactly, The A1-830 will run Android 4.2.1 on an older 1.6 GHz Intel Atom Z2560 processor, part of the last-gen Clover Trail+ line, and 1 GB of LPDDR2 SDRAM. You’re also saving money when it comes to the IPS display, which remains at just a 1024 x 768 resolution. All of those lower-powered specs are a boon to battery life, which is put at a healthy 7.5 hours. The 1080p rear camera is a nice addition, followed by a 720p front camera. You’ll also find a Micro USB charging port, Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n), and 16 GB of storage, with a microSD card slot that can accommodate 32 GB more storage.

As for the exterior, the A1-830 has a much sturdier build than Acer is perhaps known for, with an aluminum back and a metal mid-frame. That all makes for a .32” thick, .84-pound frame.

Like the Chromebook above, the A1-830 succeeds primarily on price. It’ll hit stores sometime this quarter for $180.


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Iconia A1-830 Tablet