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, CIO.com 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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