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Acer Chromebook 11.6” Laptop (Scratch & Dent)
Thanks to its compact solid-state drive and web-based operating system, this Chromebook stays lightweight while still offering plenty of storage for music, photos, and other files. Add in its battery that can last more than eight hours on a single charge, and the laptop offers easy portability, along with all-day utility to boot.
Stream shows, catch the latest movie trailers, or explore an online video game’s vivid fantasyland in crisp, clear detail. Saturated with about 1 million pixels, the display produces image quality similar to what you’d see on an HDTV with 720p HD resolution. Such sharpness and clarity also make the text on your favorite news and social-media sites clear and easy to read.
Cloud-Based Chrome OS
This Chromebook can forego the components that make most laptops bulky and heavy, thanks to its web-based Chrome OS. Rather than store applications and files on a built-in hard drive, Chrome syncs with your pre-existing Google account to store everything, from documents and spreadsheets to MP3 files and video, entirely online. This system not only saves space on your computer; it makes your files accessible from anywhere you can log into your Google account, such as your smartphone.
Solid-State Drive: Speed and Reliability
The built-in solid-state drive (SSD) performs the same duties of a traditional hard-disk drive, but up to 100 times faster. Unlike hard-disk drives, SSDs don’t rely on moving parts to write, store, and retrieve data; instead, they use flash memory chips that can boot up your computer and launch apps in mere seconds. Without the moving parts, SSDs are also lighter, take up less space within your computer, and are less susceptible to damage and data loss from computer bumps.
- Model: C720
- Part number: NX.SHEAA.004
- Operating system: Chrome
- Screen: 11.6” widescreen antiglare LED-backlit display
- Resolution: HD
- Processor: 1.4GHz Intel Celeron 2955U dual-core
- Graphics processor: Intel HD Graphics
- RAM: 4GB DDR3L SDRAM
- Storage: 16GB SSD
- Webcam: HD
- Audio: 2 built-in speakers, HD audio support
- Ports: 1 USB 3.0, 1 USB 2.0, 1 HDMI
- Battery: 3-cell lithium-polymer battery
- Battery life: up to 8.5 hours
- Weight: 2.76lb.
- Product dimensions: 11.8”x8.0”x0.8”
- Condition: scratch & dent
Acer is a classic success story: it began as a husband-and-wife team with a handful of employees and grew into one of the bestselling names in laptop computers. In 2007, after acquiring both Gateway and Packard Bell, Acer was the No. 2 bestselling brand in the world for notebooks. But like many companies with humble roots, Acer has remained committed to its values, winning dozens of awards for sustainability and product design. Those two values meet in products such as recyclable notebook computers and the V6 series monitors, which were made with post-consumer recycled material. And the public notices: at the close of 2014, Acer landed a top spot on Amazon’s holiday bestseller list with its Chromebook, and the Aspire V laptop won a PC Magazine Editor’s Choice Award, promising much of what the brand is known for: “an entry-level gaming laptop with some real muscle, showing impressive performance and solid battery life without the expense of a premium system.”