When comparing Yoga 3 Pro vs Acer C720-3404/C720-3605, the Slant community recommends Acer C720-3404/C720-3605 for most people. In the question“What is the best laptop for programming?” Acer C720-3404/C720-3605 is ranked 17th while Yoga 3 Pro is ranked 32nd. The most important reason people chose Acer C720-3404/C720-3605 is:
With the combination of SeaBios and the CPU used inside of the c720P users can install Linux onto this devices hard drive, replacing Chrome OS. Though there may be some limitations to the touch screen and touchpad depending on what Kernel or distro is used. There are [distro respins available](https://www.distroshare.com/top/) that offer a more tailored experience and everything working out of the box.
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Pro Weighs just 1.19kg / 2.62 pounds
At 2.62 pounds this ultrabook is on the lighter side of available devices.
Pro Versatile design
One of the most useful features of the Yoga 3 Pro is how versatile the design is. You can use it as a standard laptop, as a tablet and in the stand/tent configurations. The solid hinge means you won't be afraid to move it around to find whatever position feels best for you.
Pro Well-spaced, back-lit keyboard
The keyboards spacing feels comfortable and is back lit, making it easy to use in low light situations.
Pro 9 hour battery life
At 9 hours battery life users should be able to get through a full work day without charging.
Pro Runs almost completely silent
Intel's Core M energy efficient CPUs allow designing devices without a need for fans that create unwanted noise. And because the device has a 256GB SSD, the Yoga 3 Pro runs almost completely silent.
Pro Can adjust settings based on app in use
Screen lighting levels and color temperatures can change automatically depending on what app is being used.
Pro Fantastic display 3200 x 1800 QHD+ display
The Yoga 3 Pro has a 3800 by 1800 IPS display that is very bright & sharp.
Pro Able to install Linux
With the combination of SeaBios and the CPU used inside of the c720P users can install Linux onto this devices hard drive, replacing Chrome OS. Though there may be some limitations to the touch screen and touchpad depending on what Kernel or distro is used. There are distro respins available that offer a more tailored experience and everything working out of the box.
Pro Decent battery life
The battery life of this device is user reported at over 7 hours and claimed to be over 8 by the manufacturer. For a device with an i3 processor that is quite good especially when comparing it to it's less power hungry sibling the c720p.
Pro User replaceable storage
The SSD that comes in the C720 is user replaceable. So users can upgrade to what SSD size they like as long as it is an M.2 (or NGFF) SSD.
Pro Intel Core i3 and 4GB RAM
With the 4GB RAM and an i3 processor this is frankly the best internals to date for a Chromebook other than the 1,299.99 Pixel.
Pro Good scratchpad
In a sub-$1000 laptop, you are always concerned about how good is the scratchpad. Luckily, the Acer c720 series has a really good-quality scratchpad, only one notch below Apple in Quality, and better than most of the scratchpads offered by Lenovo.
Con Computers may have man-in-the-middle adware installed
Lenovo is shipping computers preinstalled with man-in-the-middle adware called Superfish. It's a web proxy that can hijack any web session, including encrypted/https sessions. And since the root certificate is the same for everyone with private key present on the machine that's now publicly known, anyone can spoof any site to people using Lenovo laptops. Currently, it affects IE and Chrome browsers with Chrome expected to push an update that will block the certificate soon.
Uninstalling Superfish won't remove the certificate.
Lenovo are standing by their choice to install adware.
Con Glossy screen might cause issues in bright environments
Glossy screens are just not good for a work machine, they are meant more for multimedia. So when the ultrabook market is geared towards users who need the portability for work a glossy screen does not make a lot of sense. High lighting situations such as an office (work) or outdoors (portability) create an extremely hard to see screen when they are glossy.
Con Worse battery life than Yoga 2, its predecessor
Goes for only about 6-7 hours (Lenovo advertises 9).
Con Slower than Yoga 2, its predecessor
The Yoga 3 is actually slower and has worse battery life when compared to its previous model.
Con So-So screen
At only 720p the Acer c720 definitely does not have that great of a screen. However, it is fairly bright(230 nits) and has surprisingly good viewing angles (75+75 degrees) side-side, and maybe 20+20 degrees up-down. The touchscreen (c720p) models have a glossy screen and are a little bit brigher and clearer than the mattscreen models.
Con Includes a fan
The Acer C720 does have a fan built into the device as it's faster i3 Intel processor does need cooling for the more tasking operations.
Con Shallow SD card slot
The SD card slot is shallow which means having a card in it will stick out a bit.