Acer C710

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If you are looking for a variant with a larger screen, go for HP Pavilion Chromebook. Note, that both Acer C7, and HP Pavilion Chromebook are now discontinued models, based on the older (second generation) Sandy Bridge architecture. The only reasons to buy one of them, are the hardware upgradability (replaceable storage/memory), and obviously better pricing, and third-party support.
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Introduction[edit]

For those who are searching the right computer for Trisquel, that has recent FLOSS-friendly hardware, comes with a pre-flashed free BIOS, while maintaining top price/performance ratio; the Acer C7 Chromebook (C710-XXXX) provide one of the best choices currently available. Recommended for home (as desktop, using external accessories), and travel use.

Specifications[edit]

  • Codename: Parrot
  • Model No.: C710-XXXX (many configurations available)
  • Processor: Intel Celeron 847
  • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 2000
  • WiFi card: Foxconn T77H348.02 (ath9k supported)
  • Memory: 2GB or 4GB DDR3
  • Storage: 320GB or 500GB HDD, 16GB SSD (SATA2)
  • Display: 1366x768 at 11.6" (LED backlight)
  • Battery: 4-cell 2500mAh or 6-cell 5000mAh (Li-Ion)
  • Price: $200 to $280

Features[edit]

  • FLOSS compatible (working WiFi, 3D acceleration)
  • no Intel TXT, vPro (aka hardware remote control)
  • free BIOS [info] (no Restricted Boot)
  • hacker-friendliness (upgradable HW/SW)
  • bulky trackpad and classic keyboard layout
  • Intel VT-x, up to 16GB RAM, 2,5" drive, and more
  • software-based developer switch (no more broken switches :)

Weaknesses[edit]

  • standard battery lasts only ~3.5-4 hours (can be extended to ~6-7 hours with an upgrade)
  • no SeaBIOS pre-flashed (Trisquel is installable only through ChrUbuntu)
  • bluetooth needs non-free firmware to work (since it is integrated on the WiFi card, this cannot be fixed)
  • the "OS verification" screen pops up during every bootup (press Ctrl+D to skip it, or use sleep mode)
  • keyboard may not fit to all tastes

Recommendations[edit]

  • upgrade kernel to 3.5 and later (the instructions are available here)
  • upgrade memory to 4GB and more
  • upgrade drive to a higher capacity SSD (128GB recommended)
  • buy an external drive for data backup (get the one with the best price/capacity ratio)
  • buy an external bluetooth USB dongle (if needed)
  • flash a custom BIOS (to remove the "OS verification" screen, and add SeaBIOS support)
  • if you are going to use it at home, an external keyboard, mouse, and a monitor/TV is recommended

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