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 C720P Chromebook Acer's C720P Chromebook ($299) features a touchscreen version of the C720's 11.6-inch display—making this much less expensive than the only other current touchscreen Chromebook, Google's Pixel ($1,299 and up). The C720P touchscreen shortens battery life a bit; the C720P claims 7.5 hours, one hour less than the C720. Also, the C720P weighs slightly more at 2.98 lbs (compared to the C720's 2.76 pounds).

Both Acer Chromebooks offer 16 GB of internal flash storage and, as do other Chromebooks, give buyers 100 GB of storage space on Google Drive free for two years. You'll also get 12 free Gogo in-flight Wi-Fi passes and a 30-day free trial of Google Play Music All Access. As of this writing, the C720P hadn't started shipping.

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