In Pictures: Google Chromebook Buyer's Guide

Chromebooks are Web-centric alternatives to laptops that, while not for everyone, are coming into their own. To help you decide if one is right for you, answers common Chromebooks questions and takes a look at the current lineup.

Acer C7 (aka C710) Chromebook Available since Nov. 2012, the Acer C7 Chromebook ($199) is also known as the C710. It looks similar to its successors, the C720 and C720P. The non-touchscreen 11.6-inch display resolution is 1366 x 768 pixels. The C7 weighs 3 pounds., features a dual-core Intel Celeron processor, and includes three USB 2.0 ports and HDMI and VGA ports.

One big disadvantage: only four hours of battery life. PCWorld reviewer Melissa Riofrio notes the Acer C710-2457 Chromebook "is a bargain...but there's little else about it that makes it worth buying—or that will convince a smartphone or tablet user to convert."

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