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After a longer period of not offering non-Windows netbooks Acer is one of the first companies to release a laptop that runs the Chrome OS operating system. The Acer Cromia Chromebook has an 11.6" HD Widescreen LED-backlit display, is powered by a 1.66 GHz Intel Atom dual-core N570 processor and is equipped with 2 GB RAM and 16 GB SSD.
The Acer Cromia has a full-sized Chrome keyboard with dedicated keys for the Web, a 1.3 Megapixel HD Webcam, 2 USB ports, 1 HDMI Port, an oversized, multi-touch touchpad, and a memory card slot. It supports High-Definition Audio and Adobe Flash, and offers up to 6 hours of continuous use.
Via the Chrome Web store it's easy to install Web apps on the Acer Cromia Chromebook. Apps and user documents are kept in sync in the cloud so different machines can offer the same user experience. Chrome OS boots quickly in just 8 seconds and aims to improve as it is updated automatically without user intervention.
The Acer Cromia Chromebook is offered with and without built-in 3G wireless for US $449.99 and $379.99 respectively from Amazon.com and is stated to be available from May 11, 2011.