Acer Finally Weighs in on Chromebook Debut

The Acer AC700 is alive and well. It will be running Google’s Chrome OS; it will deliver blazing boot times and instant access to the Internet.

Arif Maskatia, CTO of Acer said in a press release on June 27th: “We are pleased to be one of Google’s leading launch partners delivering a new experience in cloud computing for customers of our new Acer AC700 Chromebook. As a leader in the mobile computing space, we strive to offer customers the widest range of mobile computing devices to support the many ways our customers connect to their world. The Acer AC700 represents the future of computing as it shows how they can access the cloud to vastly improve the simplicity, security and speed of their online experience.”

Chromebook enthusiasts who’ve read that the AC700 would not ship until mid-July and mid-August from Amazon.com have obviously had some impact on the company to provide information on the release. More importantly Google needed to reassure existing and potential buyers that the ultraportable notebook will in fact be available.

“Acer’s expertise in technology and hardware make them an ideal partner to bring one of the first Chromebooks to market,” said Caesar Sengupta, Director of Chrome OS, Google. “The Acer AC700 Chromebooks are built for people who want a fast, simple and secure web-based computing experience.”

And the good news we’ve been waiting for: The Acer AC700 Chromebook is available this month in the United States starting at $349.99. A model with 3G broadband wireless capabilities will be coming this summer.

For the moment we can all rejoice in these facts: the new Acer AC700 provides WiFi connectivity, a sleek thin and light form factor, long battery life (6 hours), excellent HD playback, a 10 second boot up, protection from data loss, and the standard one-year parts and labor warranty, which can be extended to three years with the Acer Advantage service.

About Cliff Boodoosingh

Cliff Boodoosingh has been writing on Internet-based technology for more than 10 years. At Dow Jones he covered the money markets, Canadian dollar and daily hot stocks. He authored Regional Analysis sections and competitor profiles for business intelligence reports on the mobile/wireless markets at Marcus Evans. He recently moved from managing digital publications and media coverage for the Technology Division at VerticalScope to oversee content development at Rates.ca, a new personal finance portal.
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