Acer has updated its highly popular (and cheap) C7 Chromebook line with a new C710-2055 model sporting a better battery and more RAM (opens in new tab). Acer claims the new model is best suited for commercial customers, especially schools looking for a way to enhance student learning. It's available now in the U.S. at retailers and from authorized Acer resellers for $279.99.
One of the biggest issues surrounding the previous C7 Chromebook was that it only offered up to 4 hours of battery life. Acer has fixed that by installing a 6-cell battery which extends the up time to 6 hours. That's still not very long compared to your standard notebook, but it's not bad considering the Chromebook's relatively cheap pricetag.
In addition to the battery upgrade, the new C7 Chromebook sports 4 GB of DDR3-1333 RAM, up from the 2 GB offered in previous models. There's also an Intel Celeron 847 processor clocked at 1.10 GHz (2 MB L3 cache), Intel HD graphics with 128 MB or VRAM, and an 11.6-inch HD Widescreen CineCrystal LED-backlit LCD screen.
As for other features, the Chromebook packs three USB 2.0 ports, HDMI output, a VGA port, an HD 1.3MP webcam, and a 320 GB 5400RPM HDD. For connecting to networks, there doesn't seem to be an Ethernet port, only Wireless N connectivity. The chassis color is listed as "Iron Gray".
"The Acer C7 weighs only 3.05 pounds, so it’s portable enough to move between classrooms and even outside for projects in classes such as science and art. It measures only one inch thin, so it can easily be stored in a classroom, on a mobile cart, or can fit into a backpack for schools that allow a check-out program," Acer said on Tuesday. "The slim size incorporates a full-sized keyboard that is comfortable to use for web browsing, creating presentations and running educational apps."
Amazon is taking pre-orders for the Acer C710-2055 now for $279.99 USD (opens in new tab), as it's still listed as "not yet been released".