A Chromebook Laptop Computer for $99

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I use a Chromebook often and love it. It boots up within seconds and never gets viruses. It is a very capable computer that surfs the web, reads and writes email, plays hundreds of games, and works well with Facebook, Twitter, and dozens of other online services. It does require a wi-fi Internet connection to accomplish most tasks, however. Chromebooks normally sell for $200 to $350 or so. Today, Rick Broida’s CNET Cheapskate column lists a well-known and highly-rated Acer C710 Chromebook that sells for $99 and that price even includes free 2-day shipping.

To be sure, that price is after a mail-in $20 rebate and the laptop is factory recertified, meaning that it was returned to the factory for some reason, then checked out and offered for sale again. It includes a 90-day warranty. I already own a similar Chromebook but if I was looking to buy a new laptop, I’d consider this one carefully. It is an excellent laptop computer for yourself, a child, a grandchild, or for an adult with limited or no computer experience.

If you already own a Windows or Macintosh laptop and are comfortable with its use, a Chromebook probably won’t appeal to you. After all, your present laptop will do everything a Chromebook can do and more. However, Chromebooks are popular for use by computing non-experts. Senior citizens, pre-teens, and adults with little or no computer experience often find the Chromebook to be a better choice than either a Windows or Macintosh laptop. A Chromebook is significantly easier to use than a Windows or Macintosh laptop. Even experienced computer owners who only own a desktop computer and would like an inexpensive laptop system for use when traveling or when sitting on the living room couch find Chromebooks to be appealing.

The 3-pound Acer C710-2856 includes a full-sized keyboard and 11.6-inch screen with 1366 x 768 pixel resolution. Its battery will last about 4 hours under normal operation.

You can read more about Chromebooks in my earlier article, Why Use a Chromebook?, at https://blog.eogn.com/2014/05/01/why-use-a-chromebook.

You can read my earlier article at https://blog.eogn.com/2014/05/01/why-use-a-chromebook, Rick Broida’s article at http://goo.gl/k1vHm5 (scroll down the page a bit as he first describes a different computer, then switches to the Chromebook), and the Acer web site provides still more details at http://us.acer.com/ac/en/US/content/series/chromebook-c. The Chromebook may be ordered on the NewEgg web site at http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834314477.

I suspect the supply of these recertified Acer C710 Chromebooks will be sold out quickly.


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    I don’t know which link you are referring to. However, I just clicked on all five links in the above article and every one of them worked properly. Is anyone else having a problem with the links?


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All I’ve used for 2 years now is Chrome OS, with my main machine being a Chromebox – with an HP all in one with a web interface for scanning. Because I research a lot, I have many, many tabs open at once, and it’s rarely a problem, but I wouldn’t want to buy another machine with just 2GB. That said, the Acer is upgradeable, which you, Dick, would have no problem with. Me, on the other hand… Just saw the announcement of a new high-powered Chromebox from HP – probably expensive but will wait for the price to drop or for another such offering.


Anthony E Hanson May 22, 2014 at 8:42 am

If you hover over your ‘CNET Cheapskate column’ link it is linked to http://www.cnet.com/news/get-a-lenovo-c355-all-in-one-pc-for-349-99-shipped/


I got mine!
Thanks Dick.


I love my Chromebook!!! It’s been delivered to my house already. Thank you, thank you, thank you for recommending this. I use it to edit the cloud-based FamilySearch FamilyTree and it is soooooo much faster than my laptop.


I already own a similar Chromebook but if I was looking to buy a new laptop, I’d consider this one carefully. It is an excellent laptop computer for … ccomputerlaptop.wordpress.com


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