Acer C720p 11.6 Chromebook Touch

Acer C720p Chromebook

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Best Buy was having a sale on their selection of Chromebooks. I decided to pick one up and take it for a spin. I got the Acer C720p touch screen in moonstone white.

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I would have purchased the granite gray if Best Buy was offering them in-store instead of only online. Since I am member of the dark side, the moonstone white just radiates too much purity it frightens me. Truthfully, I think the white would show more daily wear and tear marks then the gray. With the gray, you could get away with an unclean surface top for some time before having to wipe it down.

So let’s get up in the Chromebooks personal space,  I mean specs. I will have to disclose that I am not a member of the Geek Squad so bear with me in regards to me trying to describe the Chromebooks specifications.

I got the one that has an Intel Celeron 2955U processor with 2GB DDR3L and 32GB SSD. The screen is an 11.6 touchscreen with Intel HD graphics.

The chromebook is very light weight and uber portable. It also boots up very quickly.

It seems to take my prehistoric Toshiba laptop a while to boot up. You hear it breathing heavily (very loud fan sounds) and groan in agony before seeing the start menu.

The Chromebook also comes with 100GB of Google Drive space. It uses a Chrome operating system. You must be connected to the internet in order to use most of the applications. So whenever I click on a certain app the chrome browser will usually come up which I found a bit annoying.

After test driving the Chromebook, I decided to jazz it up by installing Ubuntu. I used the crouton installation, where you can shift back and forth from Chrome OS to Ubuntu.

I used How-To-Geek’s instructions to install Ubuntu which was easy to understand and follow along.

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To switch back and forth, you will have to use a set of codes. The first set of codes is up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, and then Start.

I’m kidding that’s the Contra (Konami) Code. The hot keys are Ctrl, Alt, FWD . Much easier than the Contra code huh?

I did like the idea that I can switch back and forth between the two OS environments. Under Ubuntu I was able to install Gimp (photo editor), Skype, and WINE (lets you install windows programs). So programs you couldn’t find or install using the Chrome OS.

Then, I got a bit installation happy and installed a bunch of software under Ubuntu. I think I might have exerted the Chromebook’s capabilities because I got a message saying “Jim’s Dead” somewhere along the lines of using too much of the processor and now he’s dead. Dang it Jim, hold yourself together.

Again apologies on not using the right geek squad terminology.

This is a very inexpensive netbook you can use for school, work, and social networking. The extra 100GB of Google Drive storage is a cool bonus.

So DON’T expect to use this as a gaming platform or for your hardcore photo and video editing. If you do, then you will probably end up getting a message saying, “Oh My Glob! You killed Jim, you bustard!”

I don’t want to go through another chrome browser telling me “Jim’s Dead” because he ran out of memory to process. So I will strictly use the Chromebook for light work and play.


  • I really want one now! I might consider it since it’ll be perfect to blog when I want to. I like the white color but you’re right, the dirt is noticeable.