Looking to get things done on-the-go? Need a machine to access the web for cheap? Need that same machine to be quick and lightweight? Look no farther than the Acer 11.6″ Chromebook. Well, any Chromebook would do really. For those who still don’t know what a Chromebook is, let me start of by saying that you’re missing out!
A Chromebook is just like any other laptop except for one key difference: the Chromebook is just a web browser. How often do you find yourself booting up a laptop or desktop? Often enough. Now, how often do you find yourself waiting a good couple of minutes for all of the programs to startup in the background? Every time you boot up your machine, right? Finally, how often do you wait for all of that to happen just to open up Google Chrome or Firefox or any other browser and never open any other app? Quite a bit, right?
Well the Chromebook aims to solve that. Instead of waiting for Windows or OS X to boot up, all you need to do is wait for Chrome to boot up. That is significantly shorter. From the time of booting up a Chromebook to browsing your favorite website, a total of 6 seconds could have passed! Maybe a little less. Most likely not any more, unless you have slow internet or fumble through trying to remember your website’s URL. You can check out more about the Chromebook over at the Google Store.
If this sounds like a computer that you could find useful, Target has a great deal for you. The Acer 11.6″ Chromebook generally goes for around $200, but they will sell you one for $129.99! This is a savings of $70, or 35%! Don’t worry, I didn’t do the math; Target did it for me. You’ll have to hurry though. As of the time of writing, they are showing no models in stock online for shipping, and very limited stock in stores. Maybe if you are lucky, you can get BestBuy to price match it, but I wouldn’t bank on that.
For those of you that love specs, I will list the specs from Target’s listing below. For those who can’t decipher the gooblygook, don’t worry about it. I’ll go through the important parts right now! First off is your ports. You get a USB 3.0 and a USB 2.0 port. Along with that, you get an HDMI out port for connecting your Chromebook to a second screen. You’ll get an Intel Celeron processor backed with 2GB of RAM. If this seems underpowered to you, don’t worry. Chrome OS is meant for lower powered devices and will fly with the Celeron processor. You should be getting just about 8 hours of battery life. Other than that, it is a pretty basic laptop.
- Maximum Resolution: 1366 x 768
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Aspect Ratio
- Display Features: Backlit LED, Backlit Display, Widescreen, LED Display, High-Definition
- Computer Features: Integrated Microphone, Built-In Speaker, Touchpad, Built-In Bluetooth
- Processor Brand: Intel
- Processor Speed: Up to 2.160
- Processor Type: Intel Celeron N2840 Dual-Core
- Cache Memory Installed Capacity: 1MB L2 Cache
- System Bus Speed: Up to 2.1 GHz
- System RAM: 2048
- Memory RAM Type: DDR3L
- Maximum RAM Supported: 2
- Total RAM Slots Free: 0 Free/1 Total
- Data Storage Capacity: 16GB Hard Drive Capacity
- Hard Drive Speed: Variable RPM
- Built-In Graphics Card Model: Intel HD Graphics
- Wired Technology: No Wired Network Connections
- Wired Connectivity: USB 3.0, HDMI, USB 2.0
- Wireless Technology: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
- Wireless Standard: IEEE 802.11ac
- Built-In Card Reader Type: SD Card Reader
- Input Type: SD Card Slot, USB, Headphone Jack
- Output Type: HDMI, Headphone Jack
- Audio Features: Built-In Speakers, High Definition Audio Support
- Number of Audio Outputs: 1 Rear
- Card Slots Supported: SD Card
- Built-In Webcam Features: Built-In Webcam
- Battery Charge Life: Up to 8.5 Hours
- Battery Cells: 3-Cell
- Operating System: Google Chrome
- Includes: Power Cord, Owner’s Manual, Battery, AC Power Adapter
- Battery required, included: 1 lithium polymer
- Assembly Details: assembly required, no tools needed