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  • Acer C720 Chromebook Delivers Fast Ubuntu Performance

    Phoronix: Acer C720 Chromebook Delivers Fast Ubuntu Performance

    The Acer C720 was recently released as the latest Google Chromebook selling for just $199 USD. I have been running the Acer C720 Chromebook recently but not with Chrome OS and instead Ubuntu 13.10 Linux. This Chromebook with a Haswell-based dual-core Celeron CPU runs Ubuntu Linux rather nicely. Here are the first thorough benchmarks from this low-cost laptop.

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=19463

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    Is it extensibe at all?

    Hmm, it looks like a nice device. However, can it at all be extended?

    For example, would it be possible to add more RAM without having to solder anything? Is the hard drive mSATA and can it be replaced? Giving it a bigger SSD and more RAM would make it much much nicer- things these days don't seem to be CPU bound.

    And I wish vertical resolution was a tad higher than 1366x768, but then it is a 11" display... And I hate this kind of arrow layout in the keyboard- when left and right keys are bigger than up and down.

    Regarding installing Linux and BIOS- it seems to be running Coreboot. I assume it can be made to load Debian/Ubuntu/whatever Linux without going through SeaBios? SeaBios is only needed to get the install CDs booted?

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    • #3
      no windows key! Thanks google!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      • #4
        Originally posted by coder111 View Post
        Hmm, it looks like a nice device. However, can it at all be extended?

        For example, would it be possible to add more RAM without having to solder anything? Is the hard drive mSATA and can it be replaced? Giving it a bigger SSD and more RAM would make it much much nicer- things these days don't seem to be CPU bound.
        RAM is soldered. SSD is NGFF, and these are not available off-the-shelf as of now. They will probably remain OEM-only for the foreseeable future unless something drastic happens to force everyone off mSATA and mPCIe.

        So short answer: no.

        Originally posted by coder111 View Post
        Regarding installing Linux and BIOS- it seems to be running Coreboot. I assume it can be made to load Debian/Ubuntu/whatever Linux without going through SeaBios? SeaBios is only needed to get the install CDs booted?
        It can load any x86 operating system you throw at it. In fact, just 4 days ago I helped a friend to install Windows 8 on it using the instructions posted by Google themselves. Of course it didn't succeed (Windows will need to diet more if it wants to fit in that 16GB SSD) but I was able to boot to the Windows installer.

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        • #5
          Yes, ram is soldered so no easy upgrade there. The ssd can be replaced though apparently, $99 for a 128gb on amazon.

          I ordered one of these chromebooks earlier in the week, can't wait to get it now seeing these results.

          Ps sorry Michael I forgot to use your amazon link, will make sure I do next time.

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          • #6
            Lol @ $200 chromebook beating $2000 macbook pro

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            • #7
              I currently use a Dual Core Atom Asus Eee PC for programming at uni or when on the go. However the lack of performance finally started to piss me off.
              I got happy I found a cheap replacement, but then it doesn't have Function keys (F1 - F12), Home, End and Delete. It could use a Windows(Meta) key as well.
              Mouse not yet working kills the portable factor as well.
              Last edited by vivo; 12-12-2013, 06:52 AM.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by devius View Post
                Lol @ $200 chromebook beating $2000 macbook pro
                $2000 was the price in 2010. You may get it for less than $1000 now and get more ram, geforce graphics, bigger display etc.
                The price difference however still remains impressive, I second you that.

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                • #9
                  Nice to see low-end hardware being throughly reviewed and benchmarked, these days it seems that most other sites are bored with these devices, and prefer to all rush to the same top-of-the-line expensive hardware.

                  Would really like to see some more gaming benchmarks with the latest mesa drivers, especially source games

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                  • #10
                    Too bad its 100 mbit/s, not 1000 mbit/s Ethernet.
                    Too bad it has big bulky legacy VGA port.

                    The build quality looks rather unimpressive too.
                    And no SSD?

                    Really, it feels they just took a shit laptop and put Chrome OS on it and called it a Chromebook.

                    A chromebook is supposed to be thin, slim, light and sexy.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by uid313 View Post
                      Too bad its 100 mbit/s, not 1000 mbit/s Ethernet.
                      Too bad it has big bulky legacy VGA port.

                      The build quality looks rather unimpressive too.
                      And no SSD?

                      Really, it feels they just took a shit laptop and put Chrome OS on it and called it a Chromebook.

                      A chromebook is supposed to be thin, slim, light and sexy.
                      It has 16GB SSD. And what you expect is delivered by apple for the according price. IMHO sexy is the last I expect from a device - sexy is a term reserved for womans.
                      And who cares if a device is slim if it is not thicker than 2 cm? The weight matters, but that is also only 1.3 kg...

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by tomtomme View Post
                        It has 16GB SSD. And what you expect is delivered by apple for the according price. IMHO sexy is the last I expect from a device - sexy is a term reserved for womans.
                        And who cares if a device is slim if it is not thicker than 2 cm? The weight matters, but that is also only 1.3 kg...
                        I don't think a chromebook should have any mechanical hard disk drives.

                        2 cm? That is huge fat thick!
                        That was okay in a laptop sold in 1993.

                        It gets too big, too bulky, too inconvenient.

                        2 cm is alright for a high-powered gaming laptop with optical disc drive.
                        But its way too thick for a chromebook.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by uid313 View Post
                          2 cm? ... That was okay in a laptop sold in 1993.

                          (...)

                          2 cm is alright for a high-powered gaming laptop with optical disc drive.
                          But its way too thick for a chromebook.
                          You have no idea how much 2cm is do you? Either that, or you're talking about tablets, not laptops.

                          Or you're just being sarcastic

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                          • #14
                            This device is just big and heavy toy if doesn't have at least 4 GB RAM and 120 GB SATA SSD or 1 TB HDD.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by JS987 View Post
                              This device is just big and heavy toy if doesn't have at least 4 GB RAM and 120 GB SATA SSD or 1 TB HDD.
                              It's a laptop not a gentleman sausage, as such I wouldn't class 11 inches and 1.3kg as big or heavy.

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