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Review Of The Acer C720-3605 Chromebook

Last summer (2014) I picked up a Asus C720-2802 Chromebook and posted a review on

I recently updated to a newer version (same form factor) -- the Acer C720-3605.  I had originally ordered the Acer C720-3404  (which is the Canadian version), but ended up with the U.S. version: C720-3605.  They appear at least on the specification pages on Acer to be exactly the same other than model number (PDF spec analysis). I might have missed something so if there is a difference then please let me know.

The main reasons for upgrading:

  1. Improved Performance (faster processor with dual-core)
  2. Additional RAM (4-GB vs. 2-GBs)
  3. Better HDMI output (for hooking up to a large monitor @ my home desk).
  4. More Local Storage (32-GBs vs. 16-GBs -- excellent for watching more digital content)
  5. Needed a another computer @home for my daughter to use

Here are some stats using Octane 2.0 test:


While I wasn't having any real performance issues with the 2802-series, I've found that I can experience the difference in browsing and streaming media with the 3605-series.  The hardware updates are definitely an improvement in real world usage from my perspective.

All-in-all I have been very happy with Chrome OS and these two Chromebooks (the old one is now my daughter's main system).  For me the key selling points: great battery (more than 8 hours); excellent small form factor; responsive & comfortable keyboard; integration with Google services; and the simple OS updates & patches.

I look forward to using it again as my main note taking system for DEFCON 23.

 You can order your own via this Amazon Acer C720-3605 link or this Amazon Acer C720-3404 link.  Prices seem to be all over the board so make sure you are comfortable with ordering the right model number at the right price.


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