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If you are looking for a laptop at the budget end of the market, which is ideal for a family or for a student at University, which boots from cold in a matter of seven seconds then the Acer Chromebook could be for you. It has a claimed battery life of eight and a half hours, is tin, 30% less than the previous Acer model and weighs a mere 1.3kg retailing here at an estimated £188.

The Acer is aimed at the same market as the newly announced HP device and it has an 11.6-inch high definition screen, an Intel Celeron 2955U processor, and comes fitted with an anti-glare display. The Acer is publicity seems to be directing would be buyers to its portability and the light weight feature, which makes it ideal to take around and use anywhere.

Head to head with the HP Chromebook 11, which has a screen the same size as the Acer; it uses a Samsung Exynos 5250 processor and a battery that will last six hours, both laptops appear to offer very similar performance with the Acer claiming a better battery life, the Acer’s Chromebook will go on sale in November, while HP’s version is already in UK stores. Both run on a Google operating system.

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