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My son has to be one of the most connected kids I know. He wants to be a video game designer when he grows up, so he spends a lot of time watching YouTube videos about his favorite games. He has his own desktop (my old one that I used before I got my Intel AIO), but it’s not exactly practical for when he wants to lay in bed watching videos. He has a tablet, but the screen is rather small. When the chance to review a Acer C720P Chromebook came up, I knew he’d be incredibly excited. I was right (of course, I’m mom, I’m always right!). Just how excited was he? See for yourself!
Setting up the Acer C720P Chromebook
The Acer C720P Chromebook arrived while Jake was at school, so I wanted to get it all set up for him for when he got home. He knew he was getting one because I told him he had a surprise coming. I told him that two weeks before it arrived. He bugged me so much that we set up a paper on the fridge with 10 blank lines. Each day, I’d give him a letter. He actually figured it out the day before the Chromebook actually arrived, so that was perfect timing!
I thought it would be more complicated to set up, but getting the Chromebook ready actually took less than five minutes. All I had to do was plug it in, put in my Wi-Fi password and log into Jake’s Google account. That’s it! It boots up in seven seconds and doesn’t require a million steps to get going.
Exploring theAcer C720P Chromebook
The first thing Jake did was take the Chromebook into the living room and check out YouTube. He loves that it has a dedicated button for YouTube, so it only takes one touch to get there. Did I mention that the Chromebook is a touch-screen? Jake is ecstatic about this! He was jealous because my AIO is a touchscreen. Now he has his own!
Jake said the Chromebook is perfect for watching YouTube because “it doesn’t circle” like his tablet does. He has issues with the other devices in the house (aside from my computer, which he only gets to use when I’m not working) because they don’t seem to render the videos quickly enough. Now, Jake can watch all his favorite Minecraft videos without having to wait for them to load! It also works great with Netflix! It’s awesome because now I can watch something on my TV, Sal can watch his creepy B horror movies on the AIO and Jake can watch movies that won’t give him nightmares on his Chromebook!
We had a house full of kids at the end of April, so the Chromebook got a lot of play. Jake shared it with Sal’s daughter Raina and her friend so they had something to do when the boys were playing on other devices. The battery life on this Acer Chromebook is amazing! It lasts about eight hours before you have to plug it in. I love that the charger is long enough that the girls could plug it in to the wall and lounge on the bed to watch movies.
Features of the Acer C720P Chromebook
The Chromebook has a nice big 11.6-inch screen, perfect for lounging on the bed watching videos. It also features:
- 1.4 GHz Intel Celeron 2955U Processor
- 2 GB DDR3L SDRAM
- Intel HD Graphics for a vivid picture
- 32 GB SSD Hard Drive
- One USB 2.0 port and one USB 3.0 port
Jacob is completely loving his Chromebook. He was excited to tell all his friends about it. The only major limitation for Jake is that he can’t play Minecraft or Roblox on it. Maybe someday they’ll make Minecraft for the Chromebook operating system. In the meantime, though, he’s still thrilled to be able to surf the net, check out videos and play online games. It’s also great for the educational sites that he visits for school. Hey, I had to throw that in there, lest you think that I never make him do anything educational! I do have him spend a set amount of his online time doing learning activities!
Jake uses the Chromebook every single day. I’m hoping that while I’m recovering from surgery, I can sneak it away from him and use it to check my email. I can create my own account on it and sync with my Google account. That will allow me to check my email while I’m stuck in bed.
Have you ever used a Chromebook? What is your favorite feature?