If you’re looking to set your personal computing experience apart from the abundance of usual Windows and Mac computers, Acer has released two Chromebooks that provide you with a unique user experience: the Acer C710-2487 C7 Series 11.6” Chromebook Computer and the Acer C710-2055 C7 Series 11.6” Chromebook Computer.
The two Acer C7 Chromebooks are almost identical in terms of hardware specs. Both are powered by dual-core 1.1GHz Intel® Celeron™ 847 processors. They both have 4GB of DDR3 RAM, 320GB 5400 rpm hard drives, 2-in-1 media card readers, 10/100 Mb/s Fast Ethernet, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, built-in stereo speakers, integrated webcams and microphones. Both Acer C7 Chromebooks have an 11.6” HD CineCrystal LED-backlit display with a 16:9 aspect ratio and 1366 x 768 native resolution, powered by integrated Intel® HD graphics.
The one major difference between the two notebooks is the installed battery. The C710-2487 uses a 4-cell lithium-ion battery, while the C710-2055 uses a 6-cell lithium-ion battery. Of course, this affects battery life—the C710-2487 has up to a 4-hour battery life, while the C710-2055 has up to a 6-hour battery life (as always, be aware that battery life is dependent on usage, and will vary by individual user). This also affects the dimensions of both Acer C7 Chromebooks slightly. The C710-2487 measures 1.1” thin and weighs 3.05 pounds. The C710-2055 is slightly thicker and heavier, measuring 1.72” thin and weighing 3.2 pounds, due to the larger battery.
Both Acer C7 Chromebooks utilize the Google Chrome operating system. Using Linux as a base, Google designed Chrome OS to work exclusively with web applications. As a result, the user interface takes on a minimalist approach, which greatly resembles another Google product, the Google Chrome web browser. Chrome OS was built especially for people who spend a majority of their time on the Internet. The only application that comes installed in Chrome OS is a special Google Chrome web browser with an integrated media player and file manager. All other applications are accessed by downloading and installing apps from the Google Chrome Web Store. Please note that in order to take full advantage of Chrome OS, it is recommended that you stay connected to the Internet.
Thanks to the minimalist design of the Chrome OS, these Acer C7 Chromebooks boot up quickly and efficiently. All your apps, documents and settings are stored safely in the cloud, so if you have the misfortune of misplacing your Acer C7 Chromebook, you can log into another Acer C7 Chromebook with your Google account and have all your data right there waiting for you. The cloud-based Chrome OS and built-in virus protection refresh on reboot, so there are no updates to track and no discs to insert. Backups are automatic—so you don’t have to schedule anything. Everything is tied to your Google account—trusted friends and family members can sign in with their own Google account and experience Chrome OS with their own settings, apps and extensions.
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For more information about the Acer C7 Chromebooks, speak with a B&H sales professional in our New York SuperStore, on the phone at 1-800-606-6969 or online via Live Chat.
|Processor||1.1 GHz Intel Celeron 847 Dual-Core||1.1 GHz Intel Celeron 847 Dual-Core|
|Cache||L3: 2MB||L3: 2MB|
|System Bus||5 GT/s||5 GT/s|
|Memory||4GB of DDR3 RAM||4GB of DDR3 RAM|
|Graphics||Integrated Intel® HD Graphics||Integrated Intel® HD Graphics|
|Native Resolution||1366 x 768||1366 x 768|
|Hard Drive||320GB 5400 rpm||320GB 5400 rpm|
|Ports||3 x USB 2.0||3 x USB 2.0|
|Display||1 x VGA||1 x VGA|
|Audio||Integrated Stereo Speakers, Microphone||Integrated Stereo Speakers, Microphone|
|Flash Media Slot||SD, MMC||SD, MMC|
|Network||10/100 Mb/s Fast Ethernet||10/100 Mb/s Fast Ethernet|
|Wi-Fi||802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi||802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi|
|Operating System||Chrome OS||Chrome OS|
|Battery||4-Cell Lithium-Ion Battery Providing up to 4 Hours per Charge (2500 mAh)||6-Cell Lithium-Ion Battery Providing up to 6 Hours per Charge (5000 mAh)|
|Dimensions||11.2 x 1.1 x 8.0" / 28.4 x 2.8 x 20.3 cm||11.2 x 1.7 x 8.0" / 28.4 x 4.4 x 20.3 cm|
|Weight||3.05 lb / 1.38 kg||3.20 lb / 1.45 kg|