Acer C720-3404 Chromebook Specifications
|Display:||11.6″ 1366×768, 135.1 PPI|
|Battery:||3950mAh 8 hours, 30 minutes|
|Dimensions:||28.7 x 20.32 x 2.03 cm (11.3 x 8 x 0.8 in)|
|Weight:||1.25 kg (2.76 lb)|
|CPU:||Intel Core i3-4005U Haswell dual core @ 1.7GHz|
|Expansion:||SD Card Reader|
|Wireless:||802.11a/b/g/n dual band (2.4GHz, 5GHz)|
|Connectivity::||0.9MP Webcam Microphone|
|HDMI USB 2.0USB 3.0
SD Card reader
Acer C720-3404 Chromebook
The C720 came out in late 2013 and was known for a poor screen and keyboard and so-so build quality. But it was fast which is why people liked it. I don’t see any reason to buy one now unless at a rock bottom price. The C740 has a decent keyboard and solid build (is a model for schools), but still not great screen.
The c720-3xxx series listed is the i3 model. The CB2 comes with a crappy Baytrail processor. (Atom based chip). Just search around for complains from people saying the Baytrail just isn’t quiet enough horsepower. The i3 is currently the best processor you can get in a Chromebook.
On the other hand, there are plenty of people who say the Baytrail is adequate. Everyone loves the beautiful 1080p screen. The c720 comes with only a 1366×768 matte non-IPS screen. Viewing angles aren’t a big deal for me for a device that sits on my lap or on the table in front of me. The matte I find is acceptable for outdoor use and indoor use with bright overhead fluorescent lights. The resolution is the killer though, and the colors are slightly washed out when compared to the CB2. Although most budget Windows laptops still come with a 1366×768 screen all the way up to 15.4″.
Build quality is next. Many people complain on the build quality of both machines. In all honesty neither Acer nor Toshiba are known for their great build quality. I find both to be acceptable and stylish. I would give the CB2 a slight edge based on design.
Finally is size. The c720 is 11.6″ laptop, while the CB2 is a 13.3″. Some people find 11.6″ too small, and find the 13.3″ to be the perfect size. Personally I find the 11.6″ to be the sweet spot. But I travel daily and need something very light. Go to your local big box store and check out laptops in both sizes. Even Windows laptops made by other companies are similar in weight and size specs for an 11.6 and 13.3 laptop.
Personal opinion: Wait another few months for the new Broadwell chip Chromebooks to come out. I am extremely hopeful that someone will come out with a Chromebook that combines both of these features. i3 cpu with 1080p screen in either an 11.6 or 13.3 form factor. Great power and great battery life because of the new Broadwell chips.
Other Acer C720 i3 Reviews
- LaptopMag – Acer C720 Chromebook (Core i3) Review
- Engadget – Acer C720 review (Core i3): a more powerful Chromebook
Acer C720-3404 Review