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A collaboration between Google and VMware may remove a huge barrier to chromebook adoption in the enterprise by enabling legacy Windows applications to run on the Chrome OS machines. Chromebooks already offer strong upside for businesses with their low cost, easy management, and inherent OS-level security, and NPD says that chromebooks are already responsible for some 21% of all notebook sales in the commercial channel. However, the inability to run legacy Windows applications has been a difficult problem to overcome for Chrome OS computers. Let’s face it, if you work in a professional setting... Read more...
Lenovo's staying in the news for its recent purchase of Motorola Mobility, but the laptop side of the house is still humming, too. The timing here seems a little odd given that we're nowhere near back-to-school season, but then again, it has the spotlight to itself. The company has just issued new, rugged ThinkPad devices aimed at the education market. Introduced for the first time at the Florida Education Technology Conference (FETC), the ThinkPad 11e series of laptops were "designed specifically for education and ruggedized for classroom performance." These will be headed to K-12 classrooms,... Read more...
HP and Google are set to debut an LTE version of the HP Chromebook 11, but the announcement came from neither company; instead, it’s from Altair, the company that’s making the actual LTE chip for the device. We are extremely proud to have been selected by Google and HP to power the world’s first low-cost LTE Chromebook,” said Eran Eshed, Co-Founder and Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at Altair. “By focusing on 100% LTE and eliminating costly 3G components, we were able to help our partners lower the cost of this critical LTE connectivity feature.”... Read more...
A couple of years ago, low-cost laptop announcements usually revolved around the latest netbook release. These days the attention falls squarely on Chromebooks, and the newest player to jump on the bandwagon is Toshiba. Making a splash into the category, Toshiba's first Chromebook is a 13.3-inch model with a 1366x768 (HD) display. "We see great potential in Chrome OS as it offers both consumers and educators a simple and easy-to-use computing experience," said Carl Pinto, vice president of marketing, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Digital Products Division. "We believe that bringing... Read more...
Acer has a few goodies to share as we inch closer to CES, including a pair of tablets bearing the “Iconia” moniker and a touchscreen chromebook. The Acer Iconia A1-830 is a 7.9-inch Android (4.2.1 Jelly Bean) tablet with a resolution of 1024x768 and a 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z2560 (Clover Trail) processor. There’s 1GB of RAM on board as well as 16GB of internal storage (with a microSD card slot), a rear-facing camera that shoots in 2560x1920, a front-facing 720p HD camera, and dual speakers. Acer A1-830 Acer’s other new tablet, the B1-720, offers a 7-inch display, a 1.3GHz dual-core... Read more...
Rumors about a potential 13-inch Apple iPad (please don’t call it the “iPad Maxi”, guys) have been kicking around for months, but it’s never made sense what exactly Apple would do with a device of that size until now. A Digitimes report (which you should always take with a grain of salt) reported that the 12.9- or 13.3-inch iPad would actually be aimed at the North American educational market, and a ComputerWorld report posited the idea that such a device would actually be ideal as a classroom desktop for kids. The screen size would certainly be better for displaying digital... Read more...
Well, that was fast. Days after Google and HP officially recalled the HP Chromebook 11 charger over concerns about overheating and fire safety (and just over a month since the issue was first acknowledged), it appears that an updated charger is already shipping. Google sent a new charger to 9-to-5 Google, and it follows that we’ll likely see it available on the Google Play Store and the chromebook website soon. Of course, if you were one of the 145,000 or so unlucky folks with a potentially bum charger, you can get a new one for free from Google. The new charger (Credit: 9-to-5 Google) Fortunately... Read more...
We’ve said our piece on Chrome OS--it’s nimble, snappy, easy to use, but not quite a full replacement for Windows or Mac OS X--and manufacturers are rolling out more hardware running Google’s homemade not-Android operating system. LG has the industry’s first all-in-one running Chrome OS ready to go, and the machine will be unveiled in full at CES 2014. The LG Chromebase (Model 22CV241) features a 21.5-inch full HD widescreen IPS display and a clean design. There’s an Intel Celeron chip inside, as well as 2GB of RAM, a 16GB iSSD, and integrated Intel graphics. There’s... Read more...
In November, Google and HP halted sales of the HP Chromebook 11 due to a potential problem with the device’s charger. After presumably further investigation, Google and HP are now officially recalling the chargers, as there are nine reported cases of “chargers overheating and melting during use”, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. In one case, a consumer actually experienced a “small burn”, and in another a pillow was slightly damaged. The pillow damage is actually something to be really concerned about, as if it had actually caught fire it could... Read more...
And the chromebooks continue to proliferate. Dell has announced its Chromebook 11, which will run on an Intel 4th-gen Celeron 2955U processor with Intel HD graphics, 2GB or 4GB of RAM, and a 16GB SSD The 11-inch laptop will have a 1366x768 (1080p) display, a 720p HD webcam, and 4W internal stereo speakers, and ports include an SD card reader, HDMI, and two USB 3.0. The battery purports to last for around 10 hours, and 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 are on board as well. The Dell Chromebook 11 weighs 2.9 pounds and is less than an inch thick. It’s expected to sell for less than $300,... Read more...
Despite what some might view as a hamstrung operating system, the reason that Chromebooks are a tempting option is that most of them are very inexpensive. The one we’re looking at today, the Acer C720 Chromebook, costs a mere $249, which is about on par price-wise for many Chromebooks these days. The question then becomes, can such a device possibly replace a laptop? Here’s the good news: We have an answer for you, but it’s a complex answer, so you’ll have to read on to fully understand the big picture. Along the way, you’ll get a closer look at Chrome OS as well as... Read more...
Let’s just be honest right off the bat: You’re probably not reading our review of this product so much to check out benchmarks and other performance indicators as you are to see if we’ll clarify whether or not Google's strange, new browser-based Chrome OS operating system is really worth investing in. Chrome OS is indeed essentially a browser-as-operating-system solution, so the vast majority of the computer’s functionality is tied directly to being connected at all times, and that may be a big hang-up for a lot of people when it comes to Chromebooks. (Except that there... Read more...
Two out of the top 5 best selling laptops on Amazon are Chromebooks (Acer C720 at No. 4 and Samsung XE303C12-A01US at No. 5). Chromebook critics are quick to point out that sales don't necessarily translate into a quality product, but if you look at the user reviews, there doesn't appear to be a lot of buyer's remorse with these systems. Out of 114 user reviews, Acer's model boasts a 4.5 out of 5 star rating, while Samsung's models is rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 3,547 casting their vote. Consumers are speaking with their wallets (and their votes), and the message is being heard loud and clear... Read more...
With technology, it's expected that as time passes, our products will become ever more robust, but there's also a chance that they will become more robust and cost less. A perfect example of this is with Acer's just-announced C720P touchscreen Chromebook, a product that would have been impossible to release just a couple of years ago without a much higher price tag. On the Chromebook side, Acer's C720 series has been well-received overall, especially on the value front. The C720P, then, hasn't been changed too much so as to mess up the formula. Under the hood is an Intel Haswell-based Celeron 2955U... Read more...
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