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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...
Acer’s $249 C720 Chromebook offered some solid specs (for a chromebook), and the company is already pushing the envelope further with a lower-priced C720 offering: the C720-2848 model will cost just $199. The new model will run an Intel Celeron 2955U (Haswell) processor, and it will sport 16GB of SSD storage (with 100GB of Google Drive storage) and 2GB of DDR3L RAM with a battery that purports to last 8.5 hours under normal use. The 11.6-inch matte display offers a 1366x768 resolution, and there’s an integrated webcam, dual speakers, USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports, HDMI, and 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi.... Read more...
Acer announced its new generation of Chromebooks, and as we mentioned a month ago, these machines have Intel (Haswell) processors inside. In the case of the first model in the series, the C720-2800, it’s an Intel Celeron 2955U chip; it may be disappointing that it’s not at least a Core series processor, but remember that these Chromebooks don’t demand the same processing power as a full-size laptop running Windows. The 11.6-inch display (1366x768 resolution) features a matte finish with anti-glare for better visibility even in bright environments. The whole notebook weighs 2.76... Read more...
The latest Chromebook to hit the market is the HP Chromebook 11, an 11.6-inch notebook with a cool white or black finish and a decidedly Google-ish colored stripe around the keyboard area and on the lid. If you were eagerly anticipating a Chromebook running an Intel Haswell chip, though, pump the brakes--this model has a Samsung Exynos 5250 GAIA processor inside. The 16:9 display is an IPS panel with a resolution of 1366x768, and there’s a clickable touchpad on board. The Chromebook 11 has 2GB of DDR3 RAM, 16GB of SSD storage, 100GB of Google Drive storage (free for two years), and for connectivity,... Read more...
News from Intel (and Google) today includes an announcement that more Chromebooks on on their way to market packing Intel’s Haswell processors. The new chips are designed to consume less power, thus preserving battery life for an all-day charge, while still offering better overall performance. 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... Read more...
When you're a major PC manufacturer, you really have to follow the whims of the consumer. Whatever's hot at the moment drives the supply chain, and it also drives the product mix. In Acer's case, it looks as if the company has decided that Android and Chrome are a bit warmer than Windows at the moment, and it's tough to blame them. Windows 8 sales, while impressive due to longstanding contracts that re-up Windows builds on an interval basis, haven't been mind-blowing. Particularly on the mobile and tablet front, Win8 has yet to make a huge dent in the iPad share. Now, a Wall Street Journal report... Read more...
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