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Acer America released the Acer AC700 Chromebook, the company’s first machine based on Google’s Chrome operating system, in the United States from for $349.99.

Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) introduced the Acer AC700, which includes an 11.6-inch HD CineCrystal LED-backlit LCD,  along with Samsung’s Series 5 Chromebook May 11 at the Google I/O developer event in San Francisco.

Chrome OS is designed to be the backstop for Web applications such as Google Docs, Gmail and Chrome-specific versions of games such as Angry Birds, all of which run on the Chrome Web browser. Chromebooks boot within 10 seconds and uses a verified boot process, sandboxing for apps and data encryption to secure user data.

The machines are essentially hardware shells, with the bulk of data residing in Google’s cloud of servers, which provision apps over the Web. If a Chromebook is damaged it may be easily replaced with no valuable data lost.

Both the Acer AC700 and the Series 5 Chromebooks were scheduled to be available online from and Best Buy June 15. The Series 5 launched that day, but Acer’s machine was delayed.

To read the original eWeek article, click here: Acer AC700 Chromebook Now Selling for $349