Acer has added touch to its C720 Chromebook, creating the $200 Acer C720P Chromebook, an affordable 11.6-inch alternative to Google’s well-reviewed but expensive Pixel. The new C720P adds a 1366 x 768 touchscreen display to the C720, with Intel’s Celeron 2955U Haswell processor under the hood, and the promise of up to 7.5 hours of battery life.
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Kinda tempting +R. Scott Kimsey.  Very much liking the Chromebook experience anyway.

A lot of people just live in their web browser.
 
+Simon Cousins yeah, I've almost bought a Chromebook half a dozen times, and I'm thinking of gifting one for Xmas this year. I just worry that the offline experience won't be good when I need it. What do you think of using it offline?
 
Offline is not fun.  With phone tethering though that aspect can be overcome.  The instant on appeals to me and having just Google Chrome works for me when just surfing around.
 
Thanks, +Simon Cousins. I sometimes go out of town on the weekend and don't have internet connection or cell phone service, so that's my only concern. To be honest, though, all I do in those instances is write, so as long as I have a word processor or text editor of some sort, I'm good.
 
No internet sound exhilarating and terrifying at the same time.
 
You don't need to wipe it to install Ubuntu, you can have both.

ChromeOS is still where I spend most of my time with it even though I have a Chrome browser installed in my Linux as well. Flipping between them is easy by hot key.
 
+John A Hardy Does that only work with Ubuntu, or can you set it up for any Linux? I'd prefer Elementary OS or Manjaro w/OpenBox.
 
There are offline apps you can install in Chrome that can keep you going where there's no Wifi. For example an offline text editor, an ebook reader and an offline version of gmail. Flipping into Linux is good though.
 
+R. Scott Kimsey ChromeOS is already built on top of a Debian flavour of Linux, all you do is install a Linux desktop. I've been using XFCE but you have a wide choice of the usual other ones Gnome, Unity, KDE etc. 

That's if you use Crouton which is a really easy thing to install without damaging ChromeOS at all.

If you want to replace ChromeOS completely then you need a port of your favourite Linux to the ARM. The best supported of these is Chrubuntu which is obviously based on Ubuntu. Beyond that I guess you'd have to find your community and see what they offer. 
 
+John A Hardy Ah...thanks for the info. That certainly makes the idea of the Chromebook that much more attractive to me. I'll have to get one and give it a shot.
 
I understand that. I never "got" Chromebooks until someone gave one to me. I would never have gone out and bought one.

Before that I was a heavy user of a tablet as my second machine but now I find the Chromebook experience better. Mainly that's because they give you to real web, not the dumbed down "mobile" version.

Now I use the Chromebook daily and the tablet nearly never. When away from wifi, I flip into Linux. I also run a local web server on it for web development work.