Battle of the CES Chromebooks: Which is better, the Acer C7 or Toshiba Chromebook?

Which of the latest Chromebooks is best for you?

The two big-time Chromebook introductions at CES are Acer's newest, the Acer C720P-2600, and the Toshiba Chromebook. Which one is the best for you?

Screen

If size matters to you, you'll likely want the Toshiba Chromebook, with its 13.3-inch screen, which is a good deal larger than the Acer C7's 11.6-incher. Keep in mind, though, that both screens have the same resolution, at 1,366 by 768. However, the Acer C7 has a trick that the Toshiba Chromebook can't match: It has a touchscreen. So if you're a fan of touchscreens, you'll want the Acer C7. Still, given that Chrome apps typically don't make use of touchscreens, that extra trick might not do much for you.

Power

This one's a draw. Both use Intel's new Haswell chip, a Intel Celeron 2955U, so there's no difference between the two. And both come with 2 GB of RAM.

Storage

The Acer C7 noses out the Toshiba Chromebook, with its 32GB of storage, versus the Toshiba's 16 GB. Given that Chrome machines are designed to work with the cloud and cloud-based storage such as Google Drive, this may not be extremely important. Still, if more storage is important to you, go with the Acer C7.

Weight and battery life

The Acer weighs in at 2.98 pounds, and the Toshiba at 3.3 pounds, so the Toshiba is slightly lighter, although not noticeably so. As for battery life, the Toshiba noses out the Acer, rated at 9 hours per charge compared to the Toshiba's 7.5.

Price

The Toshiba costs slightly less than the Acer -- $279 to $299. So there's not much difference between them, although it's always nice to have a little bit of extra cash, even if it's only $20.

Bottom line

The decision about which to buy is a relatively easy one. If you want a larger screen, then the Toshiba Chromebook is the one to get. If you're a touchscreen fan or need more storage than the Toshiba offers, the Acer is for you.

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