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Acer C7 Chromebook Gets Boost in Memory, Battery Life

Five months after releasing the C7 Chromebook, Acer today announced a step-up model to its Google Chrome OS-based laptop with more memory, better battery life and, of course, a higher price tag.

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Designed primarily for the education market, the Acer C710-2055 promises up to six hours of battery life and carries four gigabytes of RAM. The original C7 has 2GB RAM and up to four hour of battery life.

With the upgrades, the C710-2055 is slightly more expensive than the original model, at $280 versus $200. It’s available starting today.

The rest of the laptop’s features are unchanged from the C7. It has an 11.6-inch, 1,366 by 768 pixel display, a dual-core Intel Celeron processor and an HD webcam.

The three-pound laptop also comes with USB 2.0 ports, HDMI and VGA connectors and an SD card slot.

Like other Chromebooks, the C710-2055 isn’t meant to be a primary computer. Instead, it’s aimed at being a companion device, and it relies heavily on an Internet connection to provide access to Google’s various services.

In addition to Acer, Google has partnered with Samsung, HP and Lenovo on Chromebook models. But the company recently stepped out on its own with the $1,300 Chromebook Pixel, a higher-end model aimed at power users.

Update: An earlier version of this story stated the Acer C710-2055 had a touchscreen. It has a non-touch display. Apologies for the error.


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