Comparison: HP Chromebook 11 and Acer C720

Like in other laptop categories, battle between Chromebooks is also about speed versus design. Acer and HP introduced their new devices earlier this month, running Google’s Internet-centric platform, the Chrome OS. Both machines have nearly similar price and size. The Acer C720 (£199) focuses on efficiency and performance, while the HP Chromebook 11 (£229) has more emphasis on aesthetics.

Users should find that there are a lot to like about both devices. Neither has distinct stand out features, but neither has major flaws. It really comes down to choose between something productive or something beautiful. The HP Chromebooks 11 weighs only 2.3lbs, while the Acer 720 isn’t much heavier at just 2.42lbs.

The HP Chromebook 11 is 0.69-inchm while the Acer C720 is only a sliver thicker at 0.7-inch. The HP Chromebook 11 is also slightly wider than its rival, while the Acer C720 is slightly longer. Ultimately, both are two very portable and compact laptops.

The old-fashioned matte display of the Acer C720 really is nothing special, but it gets the job done. One the other hand, the bright display of the Chromebook 11 is very nice to look at. Another significant differentiator is the Intel “Haswell” Celeron 2955U processor, inside the C720 which is both efficient and fast. The HP Chromebook 11 lags somewhat behind with its Samsung Exynos 5250 processor.

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