Items tagged with Chromebook

Thanks to COVID-19 and students doing their schoolwork from home, there might be some contention for the family PC, when all they really need is a Chromebook and internet access. The good news is that while it's not Black Friday yet, it's definitely November, which is means a huge season of deals is now under way. Amazon in particular has a huge list of Chromebook deals that can be yours for under $300 and perhaps restore a little sanity to our homes.  We'll start off today's festivities with a trio of machines that have quite a bit in common. All three of these Chromebooks have Intel's Celeron N4000 processor, which has a dual-core CPU that can hit upwards of 2.6 GHz. The first two are... Read more...
As Chromebooks are an important part of education and are becoming a bigger part of the work-from-home toolkit, performance and power is needed more than ever. Now that AMD has announced their lineup of mobile processors to power Chrome OS, a little competition with Intel is in the works. The Ryzen 3000 Zen 2 and Athlon "C" mobile processors will bring Zen performance to the Chromebook with partners such as ASUS, Google, and Lenovo. These new mobile CPUs will range from 2 to 4 cores (up to 8 threads) with a TDP of 15 watts across the board. With Zen and Zen+ architecture on 14nm and 12nm process nodes respectively, we should see decent performance and battery life. According to AMD,... Read more...
Google is working toe decouple its Chrome browser from the Chrome OS window manager and system UI, and while on the surface that might sound like a puzzling move, there is a method the company's madness. By separating Chrome from Chrome OS, Google could theoretically extend the relevancy of an aging Chromebook. Chrome and Chrome OS are intertwined. The system UI and browser share the same binary. Where this can become problematic is when a Chromebook reaches its Auto Update Expiration (AUE) date, At that point, automatic updates are no longer doled out, and owners of an affected model could lose some key functionality. "Chrome devices that have not reached their AUE date will continue to receive... Read more...
NVIDIA has announced that its game streaming service GeForce NOW is finally adding support for Google ChromeOS devices. Users on affordable and lower power Chromebook laptops can now play high-end video games using the streaming service, joining in with their PC, Mac, Android, and SHIELD counterparts. To get started, Chromebook owners will need to sign up for a free or paid Founders GeForce NOW membership. NVIDIA currently has a deal going on memberships with a six-month Founders membership for $24.95. The membership includes a Hyper Scape Season One Battle Pass token along with exclusive Hyper Scape in-game content. Any Chromebook owner who signs up for GeForce NOW will want to connect a USB... Read more...
There's a lot to like about the Google Chrome OS and the lower-priced desktop and laptop devices that run it. Currently, typical Chrome OS devices look more like traditional laptops or tablets, however, that could be changing with a new rumor suggesting that Google is working on a dual-screen Chromebook. Google's dual-screen Chromebook is reportedly code-named "Palkia." It's described as having two touchscreens and a trackpad. Dual-screen laptops aren't new, as there are Windows laptops on the market today that have a secondary screen in the keyboard area to allow users to view more content at once. Microsoft is also at work developing an operating system specifically for dual-screen devices... Read more...
There's a lot like about Chromebooks. They are perfect for many basic computer users who only need to check email, surf the web, and type out the occasional document. Perhaps the biggest upside to buying a Chromebook is that they tend to be much less expensive than many Windows computers. Chromebooks also have excellent battery life and tend to have fewer problems with viruses and malware than other computers. Now we're learning about another potential upside: anyone who's purchased a Chromebook recently could be eligible for some cool free games. The free games include Doom, Doom II, and The Elder Scrolls: Legends, Fall of the Dark Brotherhood expansion. The only downside is that the free games... Read more...
Lenovo has rolled out a new Chromebook called the Chromebook Duet. The machine has a unique two-in-one detachable form factor with a touch-optimized user interface and a 10.1-inch screen. Lenovo's gadget very much looks like a Chromebook version of the Microsoft Surface Go, and it was designed to be very portable with a profile 7.35mm thick in tablet mode and a weight of 920g. The removable ultra-thin keyboard has a trackpad allowing users to stay more productive on the go. Duet's 10.1-inch display has 400 nits of brightness and supports full HD resolution at 1920 x 1200. Internal storage is 128 GB, and buyers get 100 GB of free Google One storage for one year. The MediaTek Helio P60T processor... Read more...
HP has launched several new Chromebook computers that aim at enterprise users who need machines that need cost effective and powerful. One of the devices is the HP Pro c640 Chromebook Enterprise that is designed for working in the cloud. The c640 is powered by 10th generation Intel processors and has up to 12 hours of battery life per charge. If the battery runs out of power, the Chromebook charges quickly via HP Fast Charge, taking the battery to 90% in 90 minutes. Hallmarks of the c640 include durability featuring an aluminum exterior designed to pass rigorous MIL-STD testing. C640's water-resistant keyboard can survive being doused in up to 350ml of water. The Chromebook features the HP Privacy... Read more...
In a potential move that could shake things up in the mobile space, Google might be taking a page from Apple by designing its own system-on-chip (SoC) hardware for future Pixel smartphones and lower end Chromebook devices. If that turns out to be the case, it would be disappointing news for Qualcomm, and good news for Samsung. Google has traditionally leaned on Qualcomm to power its smartphones. For example, the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL wield a Snapdragon 855 processor, while the previous generation Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL both touted a Snapdragon 845 SoC. The same is true of the upcoming Pixel 4a and Pixel 4a XL—they are rumored to run on a Snapdragon 730 chip. By shifting design chores in-house,... Read more...
Samsung is getting ready to launch a premium Chromebook. Called the Galaxy Chromebook, it wields a 13.3-inch 4K (3840x2160) AMOLED touchscreen display powered by an 10th generation Intel 'Comet Lake-U' processor, and commands $999. It will be available to purchase starting April 6, 2020, for those who are looking for a high-end Chromebook. That is a steep price to pay for a 2-in-1 device that runs Chrome OS instead of Windows 10. To be fair, though, it is also one of the lesser expensive laptops—regardless of the operating system—to feature an OLED screen. And in this case, it is a touchcreen panel with a 4K resolution to boot, packed into a frame that measures a scan 9.9mm and weights... Read more...
The Google for Education team has announced good news for schools that have embraced Chromebooks or those who are looking to add a bunch of Chromebooks this year. Google routinely sends out security updates and features to Chromebook devices every six weeks, and it says that it works with manufacturers to be sure schools get the most out of the updates. Google says that all new devices for 2020 will now have a longer life and will receive updates through 2028. Along with longer life for machines, the updates will also bring more capabilities, including touchscreens and improved user interfaces along with a new price for the Chrome Education Upgrade program. Google is aiming to simplify IT for... Read more...
In an announcement seemingly out of left field, Google recently disclosed that it is working to bring the Steam client to its popular Chrome OS platform. This of course would give the millions of Chromebooks access to another popular library of games, as well as possibly game-streaming. This news was revealed in an interview that Android Police conducted with Chrome OS Product Development Director Kan Liu last week at CES. The development will be made possible by the fact that Chrome OS is built using Linux as a foundation, and the Steam of course supports Linux. Running the Steam client in a Linux environment is currently possible with Chromebooks, but it is not an "official" solution... Read more...
Chromebooks are becoming a popular option for consumers (and especially educational institutions) thanks to their portability and often lower prices than comparable Windows machines. CES 2020 has seen several Chromebooks unveiled, and more will certainly be coming in the future. A report talks up the possibility of a new Chromebook developed under the codename Drallion and has a cool new feature: an electronic privacy screen. One of the biggest worries for people who work on sensitive projects and need to keep data away from prying eyes by preventing people from looking over their shoulder. To help protect privacy, multiple companies make aftermarket privacy filters that can be attached to the... Read more...
Google's new Pixelbook Go is a bit of an anomaly in the company's line of Chromebooks. Neither a folding, swiveling ultra-premium device like the original Google Pixelbook, nor a tablet like the Pixel Slate, the company's newest release is a traditional clamshell design, although one that features a touch-enabled display. It looks, feels, and behaves like a conventional laptop, but with its magnesium chassis, 1080p touchscreen, and quiet "Hush Keys," one that's small, light, feature-rich and well-made. That said, though its premium mobile laptop is fairly conventional, Google's Pixelbook line takes a somewhat unconventional cloud-first approach to computing on the go.  Pixelbook Go... Read more...
If you're a school that makes use of Chromebooks in the classroom instead of iPads, Apple's Phil Schiller would like a word with you. Apple's iPad were once the "darling" of classrooms around the United States as kids could use the tablets for interactive lessons and as digital textbooks. However, in recent years, Chromebooks have begun to flood classrooms due to their cheaper pricing and built-in keyboard/touchpad threatening Apple’s long stronghold on the education market. With Chromebooks being the go-to choice for many school districts, Schiller slammed the initiative as not being beneficial to students or their learning. In an interview with CNET that focused primarily on... Read more...
Google has officially announced the Pixelbook Go, just days after a massive leak made its way to the internet. The Pixelbook Go is the latest in a long line of Chrome OS devices from Google, and one that is aimed at hitting a cheaper price point to make it more appealing to a broader range of people. As we were all expecting, the Pixelbook Go is a 13.3-inch class laptop available with a 1080p panel or an optional 4K “Molecular Display”. We should also mention that unlike previous Pixelbook devices, the Pixelbook Go has forgone the 3:2 aspect ratio in favor of a 16:9 ratio.  The design of the laptop is rather organic, with rounded corners. However, the most striking feature... Read more...
Chromebook fans who have been on the lookout for more details on the Pixelbook Go will be glad to hear that the device has surfaced in full detail. One of the key design traits of the Pixelbook Go is a grippy, waved surface on the back of the machine offering tactile feel when holding it. The machine in the images is said to be the "Not Pink" model. The strange logo on top of the notebook is reportedly just a placeholder, while the standard "G" logo will be featured on the production model. As for ports and connectivity for the Pixelbook Go, the machine has a USB-C port and a 3.5mm headphone port, there is also a charging LED to let users know when the juice is flowing. Opening the lid of the... Read more...
Hewlett-Packard has just unwrapped a duo of new Chromebook devices, which are increasingly becoming popular due to the versatile nature of Google’s Chrome OS and affordable pricing. The new devices are the Chromebook x360 12b and the Chromebook x360 14b. Both share the same design language, with the main distinction being with screen size. The Chromebook x360 12b features a 12-inch HD+ display (1366x912), while the Chromebook x360 14b brings with it a larger 14-inch panel that can be had in either HD (1366x768) or FHD resolutions. Both of the devices feature a 360-degree hinge for using it in laptop or tablet modes (or anything in-between). HP Chromebook x360 14b With either device, you're... Read more...
Dell has announced the world's first Chromebook Enterprise devices in conjunction with Google. The devices also support Dell Unified Workspace, which provides a seamless (to the end user) platform for automating the deployment and management of devices across mixed OS environments. To promote this new secure platform, Dell has announced the Latitude 5400 Chromebook Enterprise and the Latitude 5300 2-in-1 Chromebook Enterprise. The Latitude 5400 and Latitude 5400 2-in-1 are equipped with 8th generation Intel Core processors (up to a Core i7) and up to 32GB of DDR4-2666 memory (2 DIMM slots). Where the primary differences lay are with the displays on each machine. The Latitude 5400 is rocking... Read more...
Google is taking a page out of Apple's playbook and is taking time to poke fun at some of the stereotypical things that the Windows operating system falls short on for some users. To do so, it brought in Bill Nye (yes that Bill Nye) to poke fun at Windows for things like slow booting and hints at poor virus protection. However, Bill doesn't actually talk all that much about the Chromebook he is using in the video, which is HP branded. He spends most of his time talking about what causes fear in humans, the fear of changing to Chromebook, and so on. There is also another very short spot that is on Instagram that has Bill talking about stacking up cash and dropping the f-bomb if you want to check... Read more...
HP has announced the new Chromebook 15 which is priced at $449. HP offers the machine in Mineral Silver and Cloud Blue colors and both have a metal keyboard deck with a sandblasted finish and a ceramic-like white finished cover. As a Chromebook, the machine runs Chrome OS.  Inside the Chromebook 15 has an Intel Pentium Gold 4417U processor paired with 4GB of DDR4-2133 RAM and 64GB of eMMC storage. Graphics are handled by Intel HD Graphics 610, and the sound system is by B&O with dual speakers. One of the hallmarks of Chromebooks is long battery life, and the HP Chromebook 15 delivers that with up to 13 hours of runtime per charge. Other features include Intel 802.11 b/g/n/ac... Read more...
It appears as though Google or one of its partners is getting ready to release a new Chromebook model, if a newly leaked video is any indication. Codenamed "Atlas," it was originally thought this would be a Made by Google laptop, just like the Pixelbook. If so, it would likely carry a premium price tag, for a Chromebook—a Pixelbook currently starts at $799 (on sale from $999) and stretches up to $1,449 (on sale from $1,649). Atlas is a name that has shown up on the rumor radar before, next to Nocturne and Meowth. Nocturne turned out to be a Pixel Slate, while Meowth appears to have been a scrapped concept for a convertible Pixelbook. Whether it's actually dead or lying in wait remains to... Read more...
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