Silently, but steadily a new generation of netbooks entered the market, called “Chromebooks” because they are running a light and secure Google Chrome operating system. They are based on a Linux Kernel with integrated Chrome Browser and a media player. Pretty much like you are used from Apple and their AppStore, you won’t install programs the regular way but use Web Apps from the Google Chrome Web Store.

The advantages of this new generation, including the Acer AC700-1099, are a operating system launch time of below 10 seconds, very good security and automatic updates which ensure you Chromebook is always up to date with the latest software and security fixes.

A Chromebook isn’t a classic laptop with all the features and flexibility you are used to, but more a very fast and easy to handle web surfing and multimedia machine for users without much computer knowledge or technological background. This is an advantage as well as a disadvantage, you sacrifice flexibility for usability.

The price of the Acer AC700-1099 is very attractive, the Wi-Fi version only costs about $350 on Amazon, the 3G version Acer AC700-1529 costs about $70 more. Which one is the best choice depends on if you have Wi-Fi hotspots or your home network nearby or if you prefer maximum mobility with 3G.

The other specs are the same for both models:

  • 6-InchLED HD display with native 1366 x 768 resolution
  • Intel 66 GHz Atom N570Processor
  • 2GBDDR3 Memory
  • 16GBSolid State Drive (SSD)
  • 3 MegapixelHD Webcam
  • 11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • Two USB 2.0Ports, one HDMI port

If you want to use your mobile computer mostly for surfing and entertainment, the Chromebook Acer AC700 is a perfect choice. No headaches about updates and the fastest OS you have ever seen. It’s pretty much like an iPad with a real keyboard and real monitor, not really a laptop, but with the comfort of a netbook.