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Amazon Starts To Sell Acer Chromebook

Acer's Chromebook has gone on sale at Amazon in the US for $349, a saving of $0.99 off the suggested retail price the online retailer reckons.

The laptop, known as the AC700-1099, is a Wi-Fi only version and is already in the top ten best selling laptops in Amazon's list. It also compares well with the $429 that Samsung charges for the Series 5 Chromebook.

As expected, the AC700 comes with a dual core Intel Atom N570, 2GB RAM and a 16GB solid state drive. Its screen, an 11.6-inch model, is smaller than its Samsung counterpart but on the other hand, it has a higher screen resolution at 1366x768 pixels, a true 16:9 aspect ratio.

Other features include a 1.3 megapixel HD webcam, high definition audio support, two built-in speakers, Wi-Fi, two USB ports, one HDMI port (rather than Samsung's D-Sub one), a full size Chrome Keyboard with dedicated keys, an oversized multi touch touchpad, a memory card slot and up to six hours of usage thanks to a 4400mAh 6-cell battery.

Arguably, its main selling point is the fact that it is powered by Google's Chrome operating system and works in tandem with cloud services; a 3G version of the laptop will come over the next few weeks although many are suggesting that it might be better to buy the Wi-Fi model and pair it with a Wi-Fi hotspot.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.