Chromebooks are very good value for those of us who need something that’s a better netbook than the original netbooks were. Using the same Intel Celeron 847 processor as found in the already-available ASUS X201E, the C7 ships with a 11″ 1366 x 768 glossy screen, 2GB of DDR3 RAM, a 320GB hard drive with 100GB of space on Google’s Drive service in a rather classy and understated all-plastic dark grey chassis. Acer’s C7 is available in the US now for $199 and you can buy one through Google’s online portal as well. So, who’s buying one? Early reports of the original Chromebook CR-48 suggested that one could hack it and load Windows instead. The Samsung Chromebook is ARM-based, but does feature a “developer” mode in the BIOS which allows you to install other OSes. Will the C7 prove more successful?
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