Acer America tried to gain even more dominance in the Chromebook market today with the announcement of the industry’s first Chromebook using a 4th Generation Intel Core i3 processor. The Acer C720 Chromebook which we reviewed earlier this year is now available in two new models powered by the 4th Generation Intel Core i3-40005U processor (1.7GHz, 3MB L3 cache) to deliver better multitasking performance and longer battery life.
Acer claims it currently controls just over 46 percent of the market share for Chromebooks, and the updated C720 models should deliver a nice bump in overall performance for those users who want more computing muscle than a tablet and don’t care about Windows. The Acer C720-3404 will have 4GB of memory and will be priced at $379.99, while the Acer C720-3871 will have 2GB of memory and will be priced at $349.99. Both of these new Chromebooks will be available this month at retailers in North America.
The new processor should deliver up to 8.5 hours of battery life, making these Chromebooks ideal for students or families who don’t need access to Windows or MacOS software and are content using the the Google ecosystem and Chrome apps for school, work and entertainment. The new Acer C720-3404 and C720-3871 will both have that same 32GB Solid State Drive that boots up in less than 7 seconds and resumes nearly instantly from sleep mode.
Both models feature an 11.6-inch “ComfyView” HD display with a 1366×768 resolution. You’ll also get a standard HDMI port for connecting to an external monitor, USB 3.0 port, USB 2.0 port, as well as 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and an integrated HD webcam with microphone.
Be sure to take a look at our full review of the Acer C720 with Intel Celeron processor to get an idea of what you can expect from these new Chromebooks … minus the boost in speed from the new Intel chip.