Friday, July 1, 2011

Acer AC700 Chromebook: Spec’d!

aaaaaAcer has just detailed its new Chrome OS device, which is all set to challenge Samsung’s Series 5 Chromebook that launched just last week. The Acer Chromebook, previously called the AC700, will use the newly launched Chrome OS, and will sport a 11.6-inch CineCrystal HD LCD, compared to the Samsung’s 12.1-inch WXGA display. The first version will come with only WiFi, but a 3G capable version will be released later this year.

aaaaaThe AC700 Chromebook will feature the Intel Atom N570 dual-core processor, 2GB DDR3 RAM, a 16GB SSD and the usual array of 1.3-megapixel webcam, card reader, and HDMI and USB connectivity options.

aaaaaThe device is on track for release in the US in the coming days at a price of $349, but UK pricing and release dates have not yet been revealed.

aaaaaGoogle’s new Chrome OS, which has a properly minimalist interface similar to the Chrome web browser, is mainly intended for such ‘netbooks’ that are used only for web browsing and connecting to the internet. As such, the OS consists of nothing much more than a web browser coupled to a media player. With heavy reliance on cloud computing, the OS is not capable of, say, 3D modeling or heavy-duty Photoshop.

aaaaaSome people say that this might be a glove-fit for an era of cloud computing, or something even bigger. However, we believe that it is a bit too early for such optimism, considering that widespread use of cloud-computing is only on the most basic and lightest of tasks; word processing. Admittedly, OnLive is blazing a glowing trail in gaming these days, and moving to iPads and other tablets now with its cloud-based gaming. But for most people a do-it-all solution on the cloud does not exist yet.

aaaaaWhat do you think? Please tell us through the comments below.

aaaaaClick here to visit the official Google release.

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