Acer C720-3871

Acer recently unveiled its first Intel Core i3 powered Chromebook devices: the C720 series. We’re excited about them since they come at very attractive prices with specs rivaling those of established laptops.


The Acer C720-3871 is a small form device with a screen measuring only 11.6 inches across, therefore making it a great option to consider when buying a notebook intended to assist you in your travels, whether it’s a short walk to a cafe or a long trip across the country. Furthermore, it weighs a measly 2.7 pounds and can hold a charge for up to eight and a half hours, although many users have reported their devices lasting up to ten hours when using the Acer’s resources sparingly.

As you’d expect from a small Chromebook, performance isn’t really a key element in its design. However, the little Acer C720-3871 will surprise even the most exigent of users. It comes equipped with a dual core, 4th generation Intel Core i3-4005U, which scored 2442 points in benchmark tests and can be considered a “more-than-enough” CPU for this Chromebook.

Acer C720-3871 side view
Pictured: the small, yet powerful Acer C720-3871

Also, it has 2 gigabytes of system memory installed and a 32 gigabytes built-in solid state drive. Should the storage space become insufficient, Google also provides each Acer C720 Series Chromebook with 100 GB of cloud storage, free of charge. I think about 95% of the users won’t ever need more storage space, since the Chromebook also comes with the whole range of chrome apps, further diluting the need of storing data in a single location.

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The screen is nothing to rave about, just a standard 11.6″ LED backlit HD display with good viewing angles. Webpage elements won’t be crystal clear like on other, more advanced displays, but it should be enough for most users to enjoy writing a blog, reading an online newspaper or watching YouTube tutorials for instance. Other interesting features include a versatile Wi-Fi card with MIMO support and a keyboard that’s a real pleasure typing on.

Technical Specifications

Product Acer C720-3871
CPU Name Intel Core i3-4005U
CPU Type Dual Core
CPU Frequency 1.7 GHz
CPU Cache 3 MB
Installed Memory 2 GB
Maximum Memory 2 GB
Memory Type DDR3L SDRAM
Total Memory Slots 1 slot
Storage Capacity 32 GB
Storage Type SSD
Storage Technology
Screen Size 11.6″
Screen Type LCD
Screen Technology CineCrystal LED Backlit
Screen Resolution 1366 x 768
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Touchscreen No
Graphics Processing Unit Intel HD Graphics 4400
Graphic Card Type Integrated
Graphics Memory Shared
Audio Technology HD Audio
Speakers 2 speakers
Webcam Yes, 720p
Wireless LAN 802.11a/b/g/n (MIMO Dual-Band)
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0
Ethernet No
USB Ports 1 x USB 3.0
1 x USB 2.0
Headphone/Mic Combo Jack
Multi Card Slot Yes, SD support
LAN (RJ45) No
Touch Pad / Track Pad Multi-Gesture Touchpad
Keyboard Notebook Standard (Acer FineTip)
Backlit Keyboard No
Battery Type 3-Cell Lithium Polymer
Battery Capacity 3950 mAh
Maximum Battery Life Up to 8.5 hours
Other Features None
Operating System Chrome OS
Dimensions (W x D x H) 11.3″ x 8.0″ x 0.8″
Weight 2.76 lbs

Scores, Pros and Cons

85% Complete
95% Complete
95% Complete
  • Pros
  • Portability and functionality
  • Battery life
  • Build quality
  • Very good processor
  • Great value for money
  • Cons
  • Screen resolution
  • No backlit keyboard

Final Thouhts

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All in all, the Acer C720 is an exceptional travel companion considering the price tag. It’s fairly hard to find another notebook with similar specifications (especially with a similar battery life, processor and user experience) for a price around $350 at the time of this review.

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