Acer is a PC manufacturer and developer that has recently signed onto a deal working with Microsoft and their new OS, windows 8. While the sales concerning this new OS are somewhat discouraging, the Chromebook that Acer has released last November has been doing very well.
Since the first release of Acer’s Chromebook fell flat due to bugs within the software and an expensive price tag, Acer has been putting some attention to detail in their second release. When this second release of the Chromebook hit the shelves, customers were pleased with the resolved software issues as well as a much cheaper $200.00 price tag. This is compared to other Chromebooks, such as Samsung’s, that sell for $250.00 to $450.00 dollars.
The Acer Chromebook has an 11.6 inch screen and an intel celeron processor. It boasts two GBs of RAM as well as a 320 GB hard drive. This all means that, at two hundred bucks, a person who buys this laptop is getting a lot of value. This machine is responsive and fast, and it has loads of space for songs, movies and games.
Windows 8 has not been as successful in the opinions of most analysts, but this could be partly due to the high expectations for Windows 8. These expectations could be placed incorrectly because the laptop may be a dying market, and only cheap and useful laptops like then Chromebook will be able to survive the tablet trend. When a laptop break or corrupts, the owner usually will get a tablet these days, instead of replacing it with another laptop. This means that laptops are on their way out.
Although some of the blame for this lack of success of Windows 8 could be due to PC makes like Acer, as there were not enough Microsoft hybrid laptop/tablets like the Surface around during the holiday season. That time has passed, and may customers will opt to wait for next generation devices rather than get a Surface.