HP Chromebook 11 vs Acer C720 Chromebook – Which Chromebook Is Better?

Published on October 15th, 2013 | by Peter Paul

HP and Acer have just released their respective models of the latest Chromebook series, both featuring a better Chromebook experience compared to the previous generations. Today, let’s compare the HP Chromebook 11 vs Acer C720 Chromebook. Both have 11-inch display, same functionality since both of them run on the same OS. But they differ in terms of specifications and design. Google says the new Chromebook are “the Chromebook for everyone”. But which among the two is the Chromebook for you? Let’s find out below.

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Color Scheme and Design

HP chose White as the general color of their Chromebook. There’s a blue accent color located on the side of its keyboard, and there is also the Google colors with LED on the lid of the HP Chromebook 11. HP’s Chromebook is a little bit smaller or more compact and lighter compared to the Acer C720. You can see that on the table below. Meanwhile, the Acer C720 has a dark color theme. I think it’s black or somewhat close to black. It doesn’t have a glossy finish, and reminds me of Lenovo’s laptop. Still, Acer has managed to make it lighter compared to their previous Acer Chromebooks. I think this is more of a personal preference when it comes to design and color. Some people like black because they are professional looking, while others prefer white or a clean looking notebook.

The Display

Both have 11.6-inch display at 1366×768 resolution, but the HP Chromebook 11-1101us has the advantage here, thanks to its IPS display. This provides a better viewing angle and probably more pleasing to the eyes, but it’s all glass and you will see reflections. Meanwhile, the Acer C720 doesn’t have an IPS display, but it has anti-reflective display feature. You won’t be bothered by reflections specially if you are out in the broad day light.

The Processing Power

The HP Chromebook 11-1101us is powered by a Samsung Exynos 5250 GAIA SoC, but the Acer C72-2800 Chromebook is powered by a more powerful Intel Celeron Dual Core Haswell processor. Not only that, the Acer has also an integrated Intel HD Graphics with 128MB dedicated memory. This gives the Acer C720 a clear advantage over the HP Chromebook 11 when it comes to performance and processing power. Both of them have 4GB of RAM and 16GB of SSD storage.

Battery Life

The HP Chromebook 11 has a 30Wh battery capacity and can last up to 6 hours of active use, depending on your activity. But thanks to the super-efficient Haswell processor that is powering the Acer C720, battery life can reach up to 8.5 hours. This is another win for the Acer’s Chromebook.

The Price

The price is most of the time the deciding factor when it comes in choosing between two products. Currently, the HP Chromebook 11-1101us has a price tag of $279 USD. But The Acer C720-2800 Chromebook, despite its advantage when it comes to specifications, is $30 cheaper, for only $249. It seems that the Acer C720-2800 has more advantage over the HP Chomebook 11, and if ever I would get one, I’ll go with the Acer C720 considering its processing power and lower price. But how about you? Which Chromebook is for you?

UPDATE: There are more models for the HP and Acer Chromebooks, check them after the specifications table below.

HP Chromebook 11-1101us vs Acer C720-2800 Specifications

SpecificationsHP Chromebook 11-1101usAcer C720-2800 Chromebook
Operating SystemGoogle Chrome OSGoogle Chrome OS
ProcessorExynos 5250 GAIA Application ProcessorIntel Celeron 2955U (Haswell) at 1.4GHz, 2MB L3 Cache
Memory2GB (4x 4Gbit) DDR3 RAM4GB DDR3L SDRAM
Storage16GB Solid State Drive16GB SSD
Display11.6-inch IPS display at 1366x768 Resolution (175 Viewing Angle)11.6-inch HD Widescreen ComfyView LED-backlit at 1366×768
Graphics ProcessorIntegrated Intel HD Graphics with 128MB RAM
InputsChrome keyboardAcer FineTip Keyboard
Fine-tuned, clickable touchpadMulti-Gesture Touchpad
VGA webcamHD Webcam
PortsTwo USB 2.0 ports1x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0, 1x HDMI
MicroUSB for 15.75W charging and SlimPort video output
NetworkDual-band WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/nAcer InviLink Nplify WiFi 8002.11 a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0Bluetooth 4.0
AudioCombined headphone / microphone jack2x built-in stereo speakers
Digitally-tuned speakers with sound directed up through the keyboard
Size297 x 192 x 17.6mm (not including feet)288 x 203 x 19.05 inches
Weight2.30lb / 1.04kg2.76 lbs or 1.25 kg
BatteryYour Chromebook has up to 6 hours of active use (30 Wh battery)Li-Polymer 3-Cell, up to 8.5 hours

HP Chromebook 11-2010nr

  • 1.7 GHz Samsung Exynos 5250 Dual-Core
  • 2GB of Onboard DDR3L RAM
  • 16GB eMMC Solid State Drive
  • Integrated ARM Graphics
  • 11.6″ HD LED-Backlit Display
  • 1366 x 768 Native Resolution
  • Kensington Lock Slot
  • 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • Built-In Webcam, Mic, & Speakers
  • Chrome OS
  • Price and more details here

Acer Chromebook C720P-2600

  • Intel Celeron 2955U 1.4 GHz Processor
  • Internal 2GB DDR3L Memory & 32GB SSD
  • Intel HD Graphics
  • Multi-Touch 11.6″ LED-Backlit Display
  • HD 1366 x 768 Native Resolution
  • Bluetooth 4.0 & 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • USB 3.0, USB 2.0 & HDMI Connectivity
  • SD Card Reader
  • HD 1280 x 720 Webcam
  • Google Chrome Operating System
  • Price and more details here

Acer Chromebook C720-2625

  • 1.4 GHz Intel Celeron 2955U Haswell
  • 4GB of DDR3L RAM
  • 16GB SSD
  • Integrated Intel HD Graphics
  • 11.6″ Multi-Touch LCD Display
  • 1366 x 768 Native Resolution
  • 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Built-In Mic, Webcam
  • SD Card Reader
  • Chrome OS
  • Price and more details here

Acer Chromebook C720-3605

  • 1.7 GHz Intel Core i3-4005U Haswell
  • 4GB of DDR3L RAM
  • 32GB SSD
  • Integrated Intel HD 4400 Graphics
  • 11.6″ LCD Display
  • 1366 x 768 Native Resolution
  • 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Built-In Mic, Webcam
  • SD Card Reader
  • Chrome OS
  • Price and more details here

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One Response to HP Chromebook 11 vs Acer C720 Chromebook – Which Chromebook Is Better?

  1. Jake says:

    I purchased the hp 11 and after a slight drop it broke. I did however get to spend a few weeks with it. I didn’t like how it got hot so fast and the charger was really short and it also got very hot very quickly. To replace the broken one I purchased the Acer C720 whoch stays cool after hours of use and is also faster and I personally like the more prfessional looking design. I have to agree woth you the Acer C720 is the way to go.

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