The Chromebook market continues to grow and Acer has recently released a new model equipped with Intel’s latest platform. The Acre C720 is equipped with the efficient Intel Celeron 2955U processor based on Haswell technology, which could potentially deliver 8.5 hours of battery life.

The new architecture typically improves battery performance over the earlier generations. The Samsung Series 550 Chromebook performs quite well with its older Celeron processor, so users should find the C720 works even better. Other hardware specs include 16GB of internal storage, 4GB of RAM and 11.6-inch (1366 x 768) display with matte panel for better outdoor usability. Users also get two USB ports, one with USB 2.0 standard and another with USB 3.0.

Measuring at only 0.75-inch thick and weighing at just 2.76lbs, the C720 is quite manageable. Best Buy and Amazon have started the pre-order of Acer C720 in its online websites. At about £160, the C720 is somewhat more expensive than the original C7, at only £130.

The lengthy boot-up time of C7 has also been largely solved with the switch to SSD from the standard SATA HDD. The Acer C720 should be available for UK consumers in the coming weeks.

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