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Acer Aspire C720


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For full specifications see the Acer Aspire C720 specifications page.

NameAcer Aspire C720
ProcessorIntel Celeron 2955U 1.40 GHz Dual-core (2 Core)
Screen11.6“ HD Acer CineCrystal LED LCD 1366×768
RAMUp to 4 GB SDRAM (2GB in Europe Models)
HDD16 or 32GB SSD (16GB Europe)
Optical DriveNone
GraphicsIntel Graphics Media Accelerator HD
IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth Rev. 4.0 + HS

Linux Compatibility

Graphics ChipYes
HDMI OutNot Tested
SoundYes Manual configuration needed
Headphone PortNot Tested
Microphone-In PortNot Tested
EthernetNot Tested
Card ReaderYes
TouchPadYes Patch needed, see Notes
Suspend/ResumeYes Patch needed, see Notes
TouchscreenYesC720P Model only, Patch needed, see Notes


As of today (07/14) you need to patch the Kernel for enabling the touchpad and the touchscreen (C720P only) as well as the audio (alsa, no kernel patch needed) and fixing Suspend/Resume. For instructions see the Arch Wiki (
The SSD is in the M.2 NGFF form factor.


Some work is needed for having all hardware working, but once that is done the Linux experience is very good (some may change the SSD, because 16GB may be not enough for most users)


James, 2014/09/12 17:14

Running Arch Linux off a 64GB USB drive, 64 bit installation. The lack of RAM is annoying but a swapfile really makes a difference! Using the custom Chromebook kernel that included the path. If using Arch LXDM and Enlightenment are a good match, with the desktop loading in about 3 seconds and whole boot/login process lasting about 30. Obviously you could get a slightly faster experience with a WM, but Enlightenment is good enough for me! Also, from the USB drive, programs take a little bit to load up but it's better than being confined to 16 GB (and I'm not allowed to modify the hard drive!). I can attest to the headphone out working just fine as well

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