Acer C720-2800 Chromebook
Average of 15 scores (from 18 reviews)
Reviews for the Acer C720-2800 Chromebook
Back to basics. While efforts continue to try and rework the Chromebook equation to provide a more enticing balance of performance and build quality, Acer sees no harm in sticking to the original plan, with a budget plastic case design, an understated appearance, and an x86 chipset—all for $249. How does it compare?
When we found the Acer C720 while writing our Budget Notebook Roundup earlier this month, we were initially very impressed with both its build quality and low price. After reviewing it more in-depth, we feel that the Acer C720 Chromebook does everything it’s meant to do well, especially for the price, and makes for an excellent second machine for users with more high-end application needs. It also can make a good primary computer for those who only need minimalist capabilities such as web browsing, video chatting and document editing. While not for everyone, if ChromeOS is the right fit for one’s computing needs, the C720 is a handy little machine to run it on.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/24/2014
Rating: Total score: 87%
Source: Stuff TV
While the rival HP Chromebook 11 is more attractive, with a white exterior and IPS screen, when put on the spot we'd go for the Acer C720. Why? Those handy extra ports. The simple addition of HDMI and, particularly, an SD reader makes all the difference, giving this simple cloud-based laptop the flexibility it needs to compete with the big boys. And given its £200 price tag, it really is an alternative to splashing out on a 'proper' machine.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 02/18/2014
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 60% display: 70% mobility: 80% workmanship: 80%
Source: Trusted Reviews
For £200, the Acer C720 Chromebook gets a great deal right. We like the minimalist, understated design, the zippy performance, range of connectivity and the great battery life. But there are still plenty of reasons why this is not yet the ultimate Chromebook. The screen fails to impress, the keyboard is cramped and we are not the biggest fan of the touchpad, either. If you can accept some of the limitations and buy into the idea of cloud-based computing, the C720 is an all-round solid performer well equipped for everyday tasks. You'd be hard pressed to find a laptop at this price that performs as well.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/06/2014
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 80% performance: 80% features: 70% display: 60% mobility: 70% workmanship: 70% emissions: 80%
Source: Expert Reviews
The C720’s 11.6in display has a 1,366x768 resolution, but now it has a matt not glossy finish, which significantly reduces the amount of reflections that appear onscreen when you’re outside or in a brightly lit office. The screen’s overall brightness is still dim, but we could see the screen clearly from a variety of angles thanks to wide viewing angles. There’s also a generous amount of screen tilt as well, so you shouldn’t have any trouble finding a comfortable working angle. Admittedly, Chrome OS’s offline support still needs a little work, but it’s hard to complain when the C720 is such a bargain. If all you need is a no-nonsense laptop where you can get online easily and take with you on the move, the C720 could be for you. It wins a Budget Buy award.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 01/29/2014
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: Reg Hardware
I’ll admit I’m warming to Chrome, but it’s a relationship that’s still far from cosy. The useful app choices remain very limited and the OS still feels rough round the edges in places and the printing limitations are as annoying as ever. Yet, whatever you think about Google’s Chromebook experience, Acer has turned out a respectable, compact notebook at an affordable price with an all day battery life.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/01/2014
One key criterion we like to use in evaluating a product is whether we'd actually want to use it day-to-day. The Acer C720 Chromebook has many faults and limitations, but even taking all of those into account, it's something we definitely would want to use, for the price. The key downsides we noted, including the display, the keyboard, and the speakers, really don't matter for casual use. They would get annoying if this were your one and only PC, and we don't recommend the Acer C720, or any Chromebook, for that matter, as someone's main machine. It's as a computing sidekick that the C720 shines, a laptop that you can flip open at a moments notice, even if you haven't charged it in a while.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 12/09/2013
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 90% performance: 90% features: 70% workmanship: 60%
When it comes to internet companies, Google is one of the best companies in the business. Their search engine unbeatable, and it’s unlikely to be challenged by anyone in the near future. However, the same can’t be said of its Chrome OS project. In an attempt to take on Microsoft, it has created an OS, which is not even half as usable as second grade distros of Linux. Needless to say, it’s very difficult to recommend the Chromebook, because fully-functional Windows 8 laptops are available for a lot cheaper. Finally, if you’re looking for a light-weight companion for productivity and media consumption, Lenovo’s IdeaPad S206 and Acer Aspire One A725 are much better options.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/09/2013
Rating: Total score: 40% price: 20% performance: 20% features: 20% workmanship: 80%
Source: PC Pro
It was never going to set the world alight, but there’s much to like about the Acer C720. It’s quick, has good battery life, and packs it all into a package that’s light and practical. We prefer the HP Chromebook 11 for its IPS display, but with that machine currently unavailable due to overheating concerns, this is a decent alternative.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 12/08/2013
Rating: Total score: 83% price: 83% performance: 83% features: 83% workmanship: 83%
Chromebooks are still a new idea, so it helps a great deal that the C720 has such great pricing. If you are heavily into gaming or need to run specific software for your work, then you can forget about this machine - the lack of serious games is a big disadvantage. But there are a lot of use cases, where the C720 Chromebook makes so much sense. The only complaints we have are the display and the keyboard; the former needs to be replaced and recalibrated, while the keyboard is in need for some serious tactile and build improvement.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/04/2013
Rating: Total score: 65%
Source: Hot Hardware
The Acer C720 Chromebook is simply a nice product. In terms of the end user experience, the design and build is so good that it makes you want to keep the computer perched on your lap, which is rare when using such a smallish notebook. The array of ports give you plenty of options for peripherals and connectivity; for example, having two USB ports, one on each side of the device, is great, and the full HDMI port and SD card slot are welcome additions, too.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/03/2013
Source: Good Gear Guide
All up, Acer’s C720 Chromebook is a very capable laptop if you're already ensconced in Google’s Drive and communications services. It performs its intended tasks very well when it’s connected to the Internet, and it can even be used effectively in offline mode. We like the fact that it can also be used for Internet video streaming, and that it comes with a full-sized HDMI port to facilitate the connection of a second screen.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/05/2013
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: PC Mag
The Acer C720 Chromebook (C720-2800) comes closer to Chromebook nirvana, but still has to overcome the short 16GB of storage and the fact that its screen pales in comparison to that of the HP Chrombook 11's IPS display. If there's any system that's screaming for a 16GB SSD + 500GB HDD hybrid setup, it's this system. Because of the innate desire to keep lots of files on local storage and the spottiness of Internet coverage, the current Editors' Choice remains the Acer C7 Chromebook (C710-2055). That said, if you already have a mobile hotspot like a MiFi Liberate or Verizon JetPack$39.99 at Amazon, the new Acer C720 Chromebook (C720-2800) is a great affordable alternative to a laptop or tablet.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/30/2013
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: Computer Shopper
The Acer C720 Chromebook left us a bit torn. With some budget-priced, touch-screen-enabled Windows 8 laptops taking up residence in the high $300s, and the Chromebook competition in the $200-to-$300 range getting hotter, we suddenly find ourselves a bit fussier about Chromebook aesthetics and component quality.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/29/2013
Rating: Total score: 70%
Source: Laptop Mag
Thanks to its Haswell-powered CPU, the $249 Acer C720 Chromebook offers better performance than its predecessor and its low-cost competition. Like most Chromebooks, this one is well suited for those who primarily surf the Web, check social networking and play casual games.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/29/2013
Rating: Total score: 70%
The Acer C720 Chromebook is a speedy, sharp Chrome OS laptop that has a simple design and boasting rights in the performance department. The laptop is a step ahead of many other competing Chromebooks, and is more than able to hold its own as an everyday laptop for those who do basic tasks: media, email, Internet, chatting, word processing, and such. The price point holds steady at $249 USD, meaning though you’re getting a performance boost via the use of Haswell, you’re not paying out more than what you’d spend for other Chromebooks.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/25/2013
Source: Mobile Tech Review
If you've decided you want a Chromebook, the Acer Chromebook C720 is worth a look. Sure it's not as good looking as the also new HP Chromebook 11, but it's faster and has longer battery life than most competing models, including HP's. That makes the Acer appealing to first time Chromebook buyers who are accustomed to faster hardware on PC platforms and to more experienced Chromebook users who tend to hit hard with lots of open tabs and multitasking.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/21/2013
Rating: Total score: 60%
Source: Hispazone ES→EN
Positive: Attractive price; decent touchpad and keyboard; excellent mobility.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/27/2014
Source: Computer Totaal NL→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 12/06/2013
Rating: Total score: 90%
If a user is in the market for an 11 inch Chromebook, the Acer Aspire C720 Chromebook with extremely budget friendly price is a pretty good. Unfortunately, Acer created a machine that fails when judged by its cover. It looks and feels as cheap as it is, or even cheaper. There are better designed machines in the same price range out there, but they are not as powerful as the Acer Aspire C720 Chromebook. The audio quality is expectedly dismal, but there is a USB 3.0 port, which most of the competition lacks.
The 1366 x 768 TN display with washed out colors and limited viewing angles is poor compared to the competition. Weighing in at 1.25 kg, it is slightly heavier than other similar devices. Its 720p webcam is a pleasant highlight, but again, the user experience suffers with a keyboard that could have benefitted from a better layout. However, the Acer Aspire C720 Chromebook really shines inside. It is powered by a 1.4 GHz dual core Intel Celeron 2955U processor and a rather staggering (for its class) 4 GB of RAM. With this hardware, it does perform very well and the Haswell architecture gives it an outstanding battery life of up to 8.5 hours of moderate to heavy use, which is about 2.5 hours more than the competition. Those looking for a budget friendly Chromebook and can get over the sulky exterior and display, will get a machine with performance and battery life like no other.
Intel HD Graphics (Haswell): In the mobile Haswell Celeron and Pentium integrated processor graphics card. The HD Graphics is the slower, GT1 called, part with less execution units (EUs).
Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards.
2955U: Entry level ULV dual core processor with integrated graphics card called Intel HD Graphics and reduced features of the Haswell core (no Turbo Boost, AES, ...).» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
This screen diagoal is quite large for tablets but small for subnotebooks. Some convertibles are also represented with that size.
Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
This weight is typical for big tablets, small subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 10-11 inch display-diagonal.
Acer: The company was founded under the name of Multitech in Taiwan in 1976 and renamed to Acer or Acer Group in 1987. The product range includes, for example, laptops, tablets, smartphones, desktops, monitors and televisions. Gateway Inc. and Packard Bell also belong to the Group and sell their own laptops.
While Acer still had the third largest global market share in the notebook segment in 2008, it ranked 6th in 2016 with a market share of 6% after they had continuously lost market shares.
There are dozens of Acer laptop reviews per month, the ratings are average (as of 2016). Gateway, which has an own laptop line-up, has also belonged to the Acer Group since 2007.
74.53%: This rating is bad. Most notebooks are better rated. This is not a recommendation for purchase.
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