Acer has brought us the first ever Chromebook with a touchscreen display, priced at only $299.99 (£185) or only $100 more expensive than its low-end non-touch model. The Acer C720P Chromebook is equipped with 11.6-inch touchscreen display with 1366 x 768 resolution.
Powered with the energy-efficient Intel Celeron 2955U “Haswell” processor, the C720P offers slightly more than 7 hours of battery life. It weighs just 1.35kg and the system can boot up completely in 7 seconds. Other features of C720P include 2GB of DDR3 RAM, 32GB SSD, HDMI slot, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi and USB 3.0 ports. Users can also get 100GB of free Google Drive storage for about two years.
Chromebooks are aimed to users who perform most of their computing tasks on Web-based platform. Chrome OS is typically operated using physical keyboards, but with the addition of touchscreen capability, users could find it easier to interact with menus in web browsers and other apps.
Unlike the full-fledged Microsoft Windows and Apple OS X, Chrome OS is a lightweight platform that can run smoothly on low-performance laptops. Heavy multitaskers who typically open plenty of tabs may not notice a significant degradation in performance.