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When Acer and Microsoft pulled back the curtain on the Windows 10-powered Acer Aspire One Cloudbook, they were mercilessly stingy with the details. Fortunately that changes today, as Acer just shared every last specification for their affordable Google Chromebook competitor. It's not going to move your needle if you're used to enthusiast-level notebooks, but for the casual consumer or budget-strapped student, the Aspire One Cloudbook leaves a compelling value proposition on the table.  There will be 2 baseline models launching later this month, and Microsoft Stores appear to the... Read more...
Microsoft is done being undercut by Google and its low-priced, cloud-driven Chromebooks. During its Worldwide Partner Conference, Redmond revealed its own inexpensive alternative, the Acer Aspire One Cloudbook. The $169 Windows 10 notebook will hit stores in August.  Acer's Aspire One Cloudbook will sport an 11.6-inch screen and ship with Microsoft's upcoming Windows 10, and another model will be available with a 14-inch display. We know little else about the Cloudbook, but at $169 the price alone is an aggressive statement. Chromebooks are far from capturing a majority slice of the market,... Read more...
A battle is brewing on the notebook front, and customers are going to be the big winners – that is, customers who want low-end systems. Microsoft is lowering its license fees to help manufacturers like HP produce low-cost Windows notebooks that can take on Google’s Chromebooks. With systems expected to arrive in time for the holidays, you’re probably going to have a lot of options for updating the kids’ old notebooks. Word of Microsoft’s play for the margin-slim low-end comes from Kevin Turner, chief operating officer at Microsoft, who discussed the move during the... Read more...
Chromebooks are slowly gaining traction in the PC market, and ASUS is pushing the trend with a pair of new models, the 11.6-inch C200 and the 13.3-inch C300 (both 1366x768). Both are powered by Intel Bay Trail-M N28230 (2.42GHz) dual-core processors and boast up to 10 hours of battery life. ASUS C200 Chromebook The C200 weighs just 2.5lbs and measure 0.8 inches thick, while the C300 is 3.1lbs and 0.9 inches thick. They feature a large touchpad with multi-gesture support and hidden hinge for a more svelte look. ASUS designed the stereo speakers with extra large chambers for bigger sound output.... Read more...
Microsoft is reportedly cutting the cost of its Windows 8.1 licensing fees on cheaper PCs and tablets in an attempt to remain competitive in the lower-end market. According to Bloomberg’s sources, manufacturers will pay just $15 to preinstall the OS on any device that sells for less than $250 instead of the normal $50. It’s notable that there’s no form factor requirement or size restrictions, nor a touch requirement, meaning that the discount could apply to inexpensive notebooks and tablets alike. This is a clear effort to fight back against market-invading forces such as inexpensive... Read more...
The Chromebook is a relatively new platform, and it’s taken time for sales to pick up. A slow start makes sense, as Google’s newest operating system can be confusing for many to understand. It’s based around the Chrome web browser and thus requires an Internet connection for the vast majority of its functionality, and low prices on the laptops (starting at $200) make them seem a little too good to be true. (Here’s a quick primer on Chrome OS.) Acer C720 Chromebook However, Chromebooks seem to be catching on. For instance, two of the three top-selling laptops on Amazon.com... Read more...
It’s not like companies don’t sometimes launch “anti” ad campaigns where they sandbag the competition and point out all the other guy’s flaws, but it's a risky tactic that can backfire. That may be happening with Microsoft’s rather bizarre anti-Google “scroogled” campaign, which is getting a little out of hand. The latest attack from Microsoft is levelled at chromebooks, and it takes the form of a video the company made and posted that shows the “Pawn Stars” guys mocking a woman for trying to get some money for a chromebook. Video:... Read more...
Google is opening up six new showrooms for its Google-branded wares in six locations around the country in an effort to keep pace with the retail presence that Apple and Microsoft have been pushing. The sites will apparently operate as giant kiosks in malls, and you can find them in the New York, Washington, Chicago, and Los Angeles areas as well as in Sacramento, California, and Paramus, New Jersey. The company is calling them “Winter WonderLabs”, and they offer fun, somewhat whimsical ways for consumers to interact with Google products in person, such as the Nexus 7 tablet, chromebooks,... Read more...
ASUS has big plans for the coming year. At this year’s CES in January, ASUS is going to make a splash with new smartphones, and handsets are going to become a major focus for the company. “We remain optimistic about the desktop and laptop market, but our priority is to make the company’s smartphone business turn a profit next year,” said ASUS CFO David Chang to investors at a conference. ASUS expects to grow its smartphone sales by a factor of five, from one million units this year to five million in 2014, and it expects the growth to come in part from more retail stores... Read more...
Remember netbooks? ASUS hopped on that bandwagon early and rode it out till the end, establishing itself as one of the premier netbook participants with its Eee PC line. The baton has been passed, however, and in place of netbooks, Chromebooks are filling a niche for low-cost notebooks that are serviceable for basic computing tasks like surfing the web, farting around Facebook, and even some productivity chores (think: Google Docs). The transition from netbook to Chromebook isn't one that's gotten past ASUS, as the Taiwanese PC maker fully intends to enter the fray, perhaps by the end of the year.... Read more...