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 an 11-inch display, the 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 is “the Chromebook for everyone”. But which among the two is the Chromebook for you? Let’s find out below.
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 in 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 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.
Both have an 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 an anti-reflective display feature. You won’t be bothered by reflections especially 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, but 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.
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 Acer’s Chromebook.
The price is most of the time the deciding factor when it comes to 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 advantages over the HP Chromebook 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
HP Chromebook 11-1101us
Acer C720-2800 Chromebook
Google Chrome OS
Google Chrome OS
Exynos 5250 GAIA Application Processor
Intel Celeron 2955U (Haswell) at 1.4GHz, 2MB L3 Cache
2GB (4x 4Gbit) DDR3 RAM
4GB DDR3L SDRAM
16GB Solid State Drive
11.6-inch IPS display at 1366×768 Resolution (175 Viewing Angle)
11.6-inch HD Widescreen ComfyView LED-backlit at 1366×768
Integrated Intel HD Graphics with 128MB RAM
Acer FineTip Keyboard
Fine-tuned, clickable touchpad
Two USB 2.0 ports
1x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0, 1x HDMI
MicroUSB for 15.75W charging and SlimPort video output
Dual-band WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
Acer InviLink Nplify WiFi 8002.11 a/b/g/n
Combined headphone / microphone jack
2x built-in stereo speakers
Digitally-tuned speakers with sound directed up through the keyboard
297 x 192 x 17.6mm (not including feet)
288 x 203 x 19.05 inches
2.30lb / 1.04kg
2.76 lbs or 1.25 kg
Your Chromebook has up to 6 hours of active use (30 Wh battery)
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