Here Come The Chromebooks: Intel Haswell Chips Power Offerings From Acer, ASUS, HP, And Toshiba

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News Posted: Wed, Sep 11 2013 4:03 PM
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.

Chromebooks and Chromebox

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 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.

Acer Chromebook
Acer Chromebook (2013)

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.
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Dave_HH replied on Thu, Sep 12 2013 8:04 PM

I'd take a $299 Haswell-powered Chromebook any day of the week. Of course I might format it sometime down the road with Windows 7, Ubuntu or Windows 8.1 but then again, Google is on the march and who know, maybe Chrome OS will catch up.

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