The Acer AC700 Chromebook has started shipping. It is the second Chrome OS laptop to hit the market. Amazon is taking orders for the WiFi only version of the laptop for $349. A 3G-capable version will be available soon for $429. That model will connect to Verizon's wireless network and come with 100MB of free data per month for a maximum of two years. If you need more bandwidth you will need to sign up for a service contract with Verizon.
The Acer Chromebook has an 11.6 inch display. It is smaller than Samsung's 12.1 inch Series 5 Chromebook. Both laptops have 1.66GHz Intel Atom N570 dual core processors, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of SSD.
The Acer AC700 also has a full-sized keyboard and a large clickpad. The keyboard features special Chrome OS shortbooks instead of the Fn keys found on ordinary keyboards.
The Google Chrome OS is an operating system built around a web browser. The laptop boots in under 10 seconds. On the down side, a Chrome OS laptop is practically useless when you are not connected to the internet.