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Google announces 11.6-inch Acer C7 Chromebook with 3.5 hours of battery life, for just $199

ogle today announced the $199 Acer C7 Chromebook, available tomorrow in the US on Google Play, BestBuy.com, and rolling out this week in select Best Buy stores. In the UK, it’s already available on Google Play, Amazon UK, PC World, and Currys. Google says it is “working hard” to bring it to more countries soon.

As with Samsung’s device, Google has pushed Acer to essentially deliver a notebook for the price of a netbook. Google touts that Acer’s Chromebook “features a full-size keyboard, fully clickable trackpad, an extra bright 11.6-inch display and over 3.5 hours of battery life.” For less than most tablets go for, that’s a steal.

While you shouldn’t expect amazing performance from any Chromebook, especially at such a low price tag, Google is still touting that Acer’s device “is fast” as it boots up in 18 seconds, resumes instantly, and plays HD videos play “smoothly.” We’ll of course wait to get our hands on it before judging, but according to Google, this device is good enough for most people.

Since it features Chrome OS, most users will be very confused that they’re using an operating system that is essentially a browser. This means you’ll be storing a lot of your stuff in the cloud (Google is offering 100GB of free storage on Google Drive) but the notebook also has a 320GB hard drive, so if you want to avoid the cloud, don’t worry.

The latest addition to the Chromebook family comes less than a month after Samsung announced the $249 Samsung Chromebook.

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