Review Of The Acer C720-3605 Chromebook
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Last summer (2014) I picked up a Asus C720-2802 Chromebook and posted a review on TechNewsRadio.com.
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:
- Improved Performance (faster processor with dual-core)
- Additional RAM (4-GB vs. 2-GBs)
- Better HDMI output (for hooking up to a large monitor @ my home desk).
- More Local Storage (32-GBs vs. 16-GBs -- excellent for watching more digital content)
- 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.