TAIWANESE HARDWARE MAKER Acer launched its C7 Google Chomebook for £199 today, undercutting Samsung's equivalent by £30.
Powered by a 1.1GHz Intel Celeron 847 processor with 2GB of DDR3 RAM, the C7 boots up in less than 18 seconds and resumes "nearly instantly" from sleep mode, Acer claims.
With an 11.6in 1366x768 HD display, the C7 has a four cell battery and promises 3.5 hours of battery life. Measuring 285x202x27.5mm, it weighs 1.38kg.
It also has a 320GB hard drive along with three USB 3.0 ports, an SD and MMC card reader and an HDMI port. It will ship with 100GB of free Google Drive storage that's good for two years.
Acer president Jim Wong said the C7 aims to tackle users' needs for enhanced security, quicker online access and an easy-to-use interface. He added that the "affordable price" makes it a good choice for families and students on a budget as well as anyone who wants a new or second mobile PC for web based computing.
However, annoyingly for UK buyers, Acer's C7 is priced at just $199 in the US, meaning that those wanting the laptop over in Blighty have to pay £75 more for nothing.
Acer said its C7 is available now on Amazon and at Currys and PC World's online stores, though we have yet to find the device at either retailer. It is available and in stock at the Google Play store though. µ