Acer Chromebook Second-Gen Debuts For $199

The Acer C7 Chromebook has been officially announced just one day after pictures of the device were leaked online. The device officially goes on sale November 13 through the Google Play Store, and the cost of $199 should please buyers looking for the perfect entry-level PC for their holiday shopping.

Weighing just 3.05 pounds and measuring only one-inch thick, the device features the Google Chrome OS, the company’s new browser-based operating system that is auto updated for stability and security.

The Acer C7 is capable of booting in just 18 seconds and offers a near-instant resume from sleep.

Also included on the second-gen Acer Chromebook is a 1.1GHz processor with 2MB LC3 cache, 2GB of DDR3 memory, and a 320GB HDD. Acer has also thrown in 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, three USB 2.0 ports, and an HDMI port for pushing video to your external displays and HDTVs.

Expanded memory is available through the Acer C7’s SD/MMC card slot.

Much like the recently announced $249 Samsung Chromebook, the Acer device offers 100GB of free Google Drive storage for two years from the date of purchase.

As an added incentive, buyers receive 12 free Gogo in-air Internet passes for US flights.

Google has been making a big push lately to secure new buyers. As more users turn towards online applications for their word processing needs, traditional operating systems have slowly begun to fade into the background. With Windows 8 receiving less than stellar reviews, now could be the perfect time for Google to pounce with low-cost, highly-efficient notebooks of its very own.