Just a day after Google announced a new HP-made ARM-powered Chromebook for $279, Acer has upped the ante with a Haswell-powered one for $249.

The Acer C720 offers the same 1366×768 resolution screen as the HP. The Acer screen is anti-glare, which offers easier viewing when used outside at the expense of slightly poorer contrast. The machine has 4GB RAM against the 2GB of the HP, and the Haswell processor gives it a claimed 8.5 hours battery life, against 6 hours for the HP … 

It’s available for pre-order at Amazon at a small discount: $240.27 with free shipping. No shipping date has yet been confirmed, but the rumors say late October/early November. Two more photos below.

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4 Responses to “Acer ups the ante with Haswell-powered Chromebook for $249 – but only pre-order for now”

  1. Grab Boyd says:

    please don’t gloss over details when trying to promote intel’s marketing agenda. So this notebook ‘gives’ 8 hours versus the 6 hours for the HP. The battery size on the HP is only 30WH- what is the capacity of the battery on this ?

    I have seen in the past ( and even today), vendors install batteries typically with 1/2 the capacity on an AMD notebook similarly spec’ed and claim that a similar intel platform has twice as much battery life.

  2. FYI: The HP Chromebook 11 also got a 11.6 inch screen (not 11).