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New products: Affordable Chromebook and more

10:16 AM, Dec. 28, 2012
Just under $200 for a portable computer with a speedy Wi-Fi connection, 2 GB of memory and a 320-GB hard drive. Powered by Google's Chrome operating system and a 1.10GHz Intel Celeron 847 processor, the Acer C710-2847 Chromebook provides a budget-priced alternative to tablets, low-end laptops and even other Chromebooks. (Gannett/File)
Just under $200 for a portable computer with a speedy Wi-Fi connection, 2 GB of memory and a 320-GB hard drive. Powered by Google's Chrome operating system and a 1.10GHz Intel Celeron 847 processor, the Acer C710-2847 Chromebook provides a budget-priced alternative to tablets, low-end laptops and even other Chromebooks. (Gannett/File)
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Computing on the cheap

The price is tempting: Just under $200 for a portable computer with a speedy Wi-Fi connection, 2 GB of memory and a 320-GB hard drive. Powered by Google's Chrome operating system and a 1.10GHz Intel Celeron 847 processor, the Acer C710-2847 Chromebook provides a budget-priced alternative to tablets, low-end laptops and even other Chromebooks.

The catch is the Chromebook's heavy-handed approach to all things Google. The system isn't designed to handle popular programs like Microsoft Word or iTunes. Instead of just saying this, the C7 displays a "helpful" ...

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