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Acer unveils slimmer and faster Chromebook

Acer has debuted a sleek new Chromebook that promises higher speeds than its predecessor and is based on Haswell micro-architecture whilst retaining the affordable price tag.

The Acer C720 Chromebook, the company’s third generation of Chrome-based laptop, is 30 per cent thinner than the previous model and comes with an anti-glare display – a first for an Acer Chromebook.

“The Acer C720 is a significant step forward for our highly-acclaimed Acer Chromebook line, as it delivers speedy performance, quick boot times, a matte anti-glare display and a slimmer design that is portable enough for anywhere use,” said John Miedema, director product marketing, Acer Europe.

The Chrome OS laptop is just 19.05mm thick, weighs in at 1.3kg and despite this still delivers a full-size keyboard. It has an 11.6in ComfyView HD display with a 1,366 x 768 resolution and an HD webcam coming as part of the package.

Under the hood the laptop is powered by an Intel Celeron 2955U processor based on Intel’s own Haswell architecture and it boots in less than seven seconds from sleep as a result of the quick 16GB solid state drive. As far as RAM goes it has 4GB of DDR3L memory and all of this means an increased battery life that now totals an impressive eight and a half hours.

Connecting to the Internet through Wi-Fi is simple and the Google Chrome OS will be updated automatically to ensure the laptop is always at the top of its game. As far as storage goes, anyone that buys an Acer C720 Chromebook benefits from 100GB of free storage for two years on Google Drive.

The Acer C270 Chromebook will be released in the early part of November with UK consumers having to cough up £199.99 for the Chromebook at Currys/PC World.