Acer Has A New $249 Haswell-Powered Chromebook

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The past week has been pretty good for Chromebook. Google and HP launched the new HP Chromebook 11 on Tuesday, and now the company has another Chromebook from Acer ready for the holidays.

Google announced on Thursday that the Acer C720 Chromebook is now available for purchase online. The $250 Chromebook will also soon be available in stores across the U.S., Germany, UK, France, Netherlands, Sweden, Finland and India soon.

So, what sets this newest Chromebook apart from the rest? For starters, it's the first Chromebook to use Intel's new Haswell CPUs. That means it will use less power which translates to 8.5 hours of battery life. It's also thinner than the previous Acer Chromebook at only 0.7 inches thick. In fact, the only downside to the new Acer C720 is that it has no ethernet port so you'll have to rely solely on WiFi.

Like most Chromebooks, the Acer C720 is equipped with a 16GB SSD. To make up for it, Google will give you 100GB of free Google Drive storage for two years. You'll also get a 30-day Google Play Music All Access free trial.

Unfortunately, Google didn't think to bless the new Acer C720 with the same kind of ads that the HP Chromebook 11 got. That means no pop culture references for you. Google is, however, accepting nominations for the "unsung heroes of the Web." Winners will receive a free Chromebook. You can find out more here.

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