I actually bought a new laptop a couple of weeks ago. The first one was the ASUS VivoBook X202E-DH31T 11.6-Inch Touch Laptop. That cost over $500 with tax and after playing around with it for 2 weeks I exchanged it for this Acer C7 chromebook. Funny enough, the actual physical computer looks like they came from the same factory and are almost identical in build.
I remember wanting a chromebook a few years ago when google was giving it away to a select few. Of course I did not win or get selected. Back then it seemed so experimental. I have tried linux and different variations in the past. They seemed ok but not for me. I even purchased a barnes and noble nook and converted that to an android tablet using the sd card boot trick using the Dual Boot CyanogenMod 9 Alpha & Nook Color Stock 1.4.1. Google it if you want to learn more about it.
Anyways, I am blogging on my Acer chromebook and very pleased with it. It did cost $199 but with tax and shipping direct from google it does come up closer to the $250 mark. Looks like amazon is carrying it now.
These are the videos I watched while researching my new gadget…
Like most reviews you have seen this is really just for surfing the net. There is a big hard drive and I love the extra 100GB cloud storage free for 2 years which almost pays for the chromebook itself. However, your windows programs will not run on this gadget. That is because it is a chrome o/s book and not a windows o/s lappy.
For the price, I highly recommend this. You can try it and if you don´t like it just return it back to amazon under there no fuss a-z return policy.
If you like linux ubuntu, then you will love the dual boot feature on this machine. Here is another youtube video of Brad demonstrating it.
Here is the official description:
The best of Google Your favorite Google products built-in: Search, Gmail, YouTube, and Hangouts. So you can work, play, and do whatever you want, right out of the box. With thousands more free apps in the Chrome Web Store, you can watch movies, play games, or get work done (if you really have to). Easy to use The Acer C7 Chromebook is simple to use and stays up-to-date automatically. It boots-up in less than 20 seconds, never slows down, and requires almost zero setup or maintenance. Great for entertainment Games and videos come alive with its 11.6 high definition display. You can also connect it easily to external monitors and displays with HDMI and VGA outputs and multiple USB ports. Stay connected The Acer C7 Chromebook stays connected with dual band Wi-Fi. It also comes with 12 free Gogo Inflight passes so you can stay online even when you’re not on the ground. And Chromebook has offline apps for the rare times that you’re disconnected from the web. A squabble-free family computer (almost) Easily switch between users in seconds. Everyone has their own files, apps, and settings. You never have to worry about anything getting messed up by someone else. When it’s your turn again, pick up where you left off. Everything will be right where you left it.