Acer America said on Friday that its popular $199 C7 Chromebook (opens in new tab) is now available in additional retail outlets. Previously it was only sold through Google Play, BestBuy.com and Best Buy stores, but now customers can purchase the affordable device online through TigerDirect, NewEgg and Staples.com.
The C7 Chromebook originally made its debut earlier this month, and has since become quite popular, the company said. It features an Intel Celeron 847 processor clocked at 1.10 GHz (2 MB cache), the Mobile Intel NM70 Express chipset, Intel HD Graphics (128 MB), 2 GB of DDR3 SDRAM (up to 4 GB), and a 11.6-inch HD CineCrystal LED-backlit LCD display (1366 x 768).
Also on the Chromebook's spec list is a 320 GB 5400RPM HDD, an HD webcam, Acer InviLink Nplify 802.11a/b/g/n connectivity, an Ethernet port, HDMI and VGA outputs, three USB 2.0 ports, a 2-in-1 card reader, and a 4-cell Li-ion battery. Google's Internet-based Chrome OS is the obvious platform of choice, backed by the Chrome OS keyboard.
"Our customers' enthusiastic response to the Acer C7 Chromebook has encouraged more of our e-tail partners to make them available for purchase online -- just in time for anyone looking for a great holiday gift for a loved one or yourself," said Scott Ledterman, vice president of retail, Acer America. "The extra low price of only $199 is so affordable that customers can even buy them as stocking stuffers for multiple people on their shopping list."
Owners of the C7 Chromebook acquire their apps via Google's Chrome Web Store, but unlike apps installed on a Windows desktop or laptop, the majority requires an Internet connection to function. But that's the beauty of Google's Chrome OS – it's lightweight and it's fast. Physically Acer's Chromebook weighs only 3.05 pounds and measures a mere one inch thin, making it easy to slip it into a backpack, purse or briefcase.
For more information about the Acer C7 Chromebook, head here (opens in new tab).