Here Come The Chromebooks: Intel Haswell Chips Power Offerings From Acer, ASUS, HP, And Toshiba
Google notes that there are schools in over 20% of school districts across the country that now use Chromebooks, and with prices for some of the machines dipping as low as $199, deploying fleets of these machines in academia is an attractive option.
Partners including Acer, ASUS, HP, and Toshiba will be rolling out Chromebooks based on Haswell soon, and they’ll collectively be sporting more variety of form factors.
For instance, the new third-generation Acer Chromebook features a compact 11.6-inch display and weighs in at just 2.76lbs. The petite lappie comes with 100GB of Google Drive storage (free for 2 years), boots up in under 8 seconds, and claims up to 8.5 hours of continuous use.
HP Chromebook 14
HP’s new Chromebook 14 has a larger 14-inch display, and though a hair thicker than the Acer Chromebook at 0.81 inches, it weighs just over 4 lbs. Customers will also get the 2-year free 100GB of Google Drive storage, but this rig claims to boot in under 7 seconds and offers 9.5 hours of use on a battery.
Look for the Toshiba Chromebook and ASUS Chromebox (a tiny standalone computer, not a laptop) soon, as well. The Acer laptop will be out in time for the holiday season, so we presume that the others mentioned here will be, as well.