1. the tall guy's Avatar
    Hey,

    I'm going to be picking up my first Chromebook at the weekend and I was curious to see if anyone has experience with either the Acer C720 or C720p?

    Looking at the spec sheet and a few review videos the only difference I can tell is the C720p has a touch screen, which imo doesn't warrant the extra price increase.

    does anyone own a C720 or C720p and regret it? also does anyone own any other recent Chromebook models from HP or Samsung?

    thanks
    07-15-2014 02:34 AM
  2. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Funny you should ask--I have the C720 (nontouch), and just got an HP Chromebook 14 (with HSPA+ mobile data). I think they're both excellent--no regrets.

    The C720 is a capable little machine, very lightweight, perfect for using on the go. Mine has 2 GB RAM and 16 GB SSD, which is perfectly adequate for what I do. I usually have 4-5 tabs open, (G+, FB, Android Central, Google Play Music, and maybe Gmail), along with the Hangouts extension. Performance is fine--there might be music stutter when loading a webpage, but not horrible. Build is not premium, but serviceable, and it's hard to beat the value ($199). The trackpad is very good. Screen is ok. Speakers are not good, but they're actually better than my cheap Win8 laptop.

    Personally, I don't think the C720P is worth it, because I don't like going from keyboard to screen with my fingers. On Win8 laptops with touchscreens, I end up using the trackpad anyway.

    Initial impressions of my HP 14 are very good. Much better screen, keyboard, speakers. This unit has 4 GB RAM and 32 GB SSD, so probably a little better performance than the C720. It comes with 200 MB of free data (HSPA+ on T-Mobile, which is pretty fast) per month for life, which is a nice perk. I got it for $219 refurbished on woot.com. Looks brand new to me!
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    07-15-2014 03:03 AM
  3. the tall guy's Avatar
    Excellent, thanks very much for the above info! I found it really hard to find comparisons online, so its refreshing to hear that you have experience with both HP and Acer. I was considering the HP 14 until a few reviews said the screen was terrible, but I would prefer the 14 inch size.

    I've went from wanting the C720p, to the C720, then to the HP 11 - until I noticed it didn't have an HDMI port - now I'm back to the HP 14 lol
    07-15-2014 03:09 AM
  4. B. Diddy's Avatar
    The HP 14 screen is nice and bright, although viewing angles aren't great. Not horrible, but not great.
    07-15-2014 03:16 AM
  5. the tall guy's Avatar
    I find that I use my chromecast a lot so when it comes to watching movies etc I tend to watch them on my tv so this was why I was aiming towards a smaller 11 inch chromebook, but I feel the 14 inch would benefit me if I were to use the chromebook to create documents etc.

    Is the HP 14 heavy? I know it's heavier than the C720, but is it a lot heavier?
    07-15-2014 03:36 AM
  6. B. Diddy's Avatar
    4.2 vs 2.76 pounds. It's not light.

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    07-15-2014 03:51 AM
  7. the tall guy's Avatar
    thanks again for the advise, think I'll go with the C720 - it's lightweight and compact, so it should be good
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    07-15-2014 04:03 AM

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