Items tagged with Chromebook

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 the Acer C720 Chromebook itself. Acer C720 Chromebook Review... 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 are still several things you can do offline, which we'll get into in a bit.) Most people are connected... 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 by more and more notebook makers. Of course, Acer and Samsung were on board since Day 1, and eventually... 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 (a dual-core clocked at 1.4GHz), a 32GB solid-state drive (allowing a boot-up time of just 7 seconds),... 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. The machine is just 0.75 inches thick and weighs 2.76 pounds, and it comes with a month-long free... 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 lbs, and at 0.75 inches thick, it’s 30% slimmer than Acer’s previous-gen Chromebook, the... 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, there’s dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, and (coming soon) optional 4G... 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 be rolling out Chromebooks based on Haswell soon, and they’ll collectively be sporting more... 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 suggests that Acer will expand its Android and Chromebook offerings at the expense of Windows products,... Read more...
The main reason why tablets and smartphones are so popular is because they offer sufficient power and portability for basic computing tasks, such as checking email, sending text messages, and staying social on sites like Facebook and Twitter. A full-fledged PC just isn't needed for casual computing activities. By that same token, Google's Chromebook platform is an attractive alternative to a Windows PC because it costs much less and is capable of performing some basic tasks. The question is, does the Chromebook bring enough to the table to wedge out a section for itself in the enterprise? Forrester thinks so. In a new Forrester report, the research firm makes a case for having Chromebooks in... Read more...
It wasn't that long ago when netbooks ruled the low-cost laptop market. For the most part, that fad has fizzled out, though not before passing the torch to Chromebooks, which are low-cost laptops running Google's cloud-oriented Chrome operating system. Acer has been riding the Chromebook bandwagon ever since it came out of the gate, and today the PC maker announced that it's expanded its line of C7 Chromebook models for its commercial customers, including schools and businesses. There are two new models -- C710-2826 with 2GB of DDR3 RAM and C710-2815 with 4GB of DDR3 RAM -- both now boasting a fast 16GB solid state drive (SSD). You'll also find a 6-cell battery in each of the new models, which... Read more...
Guess what's coming to your local Walmart? Google Chromebooks. In what may soon prove to be the Chromebook's biggest push yet, Google and Acer have convinced a store that is notoriously difficult to snag shelf space on to give them just that. The new Acer C710-2856, is now available at 2,800 Walmart stores for the low price of only $199. The new Acer C710-2856 Chromebook has a 16GB Solid State Drive, integrated 802.11b/g/n WiFi, an 11.6" HD LED-backlit display, and an Intel Celeron 847 processor (2MB L3 cache, 1.10GHz, DDR3 1333 MHz). There's also 2GB of DDR3 memory, a 1.3MP HD webcam, and of course, the latest build of Chrome OS. But here's the real question: what are the return rates going... Read more...
Earlier this year, Google did something almost ground-breaking when it introduced the Chromebook Pixel. Sure, the Chromebook line as a whole has existed for years, but the entire premise of such a range of notebooks revolved around only a couple of design goals. One of those was accessibility, and almost by default, the other was affordability. The original Chromebooks were priced at $500 or less -- in some cases, far less. The reason seemed obvious: Chrome OS was a great operating system for those who did little more than browse the Web and connect to cloud-based services such as Evernote, but it served less of a purpose in the productivity-minded "real world." The Chromebook Pixel on the other... Read more...
Earlier this year, Google did something almost ground-breaking when it introduced the Chromebook Pixel. Sure, the Chromebook line as a whole has existed for a few years, but the entire premise of such a range of notebooks revolved around only a couple of design goals. One of those was accessibility, and almost by default, the other was affordability. The original Chromebooks were priced at $500 or less -- in some cases, far less. The reason seemed obvious: Chrome OS was a great operating system for those who did little more than browse the Web and connect to cloud-based services such as Evernote, but it served less of a purpose in the productivity-minded "real world." The Chromebook Pixel on... Read more...
Google’s Chromebook and Chromebox devices offer an interesting if not quite fully satisfying desktop experience, but perhaps the computers and their Chrome OS have found their true calling as public kiosks. Google announced a new Managed Public Sessions feature for the devices that allows companies (or organizations such as libraries) to set up and manage Chrome OS devices that give patrons a unique experience. Google believes that its built-in security features will keep cyber-nastiness away, and because of the design of the platform, Managed Public Sessions don’t require a login; instead, once a user’s session ends, all of that session’s data is wiped clean. Google offers... Read more...
Surprise, surprise, Google's Chromebook platform is enjoying a bit of popularity of these days. Perhaps it's because of the price drops or maybe the market simply needs a netbook replacement. Whatever the reason, Asus is confident about the long-term outlook and is reportedly planning to launch its first Chromebook model in the second half of 2013. What's interesting here is that Asus went from having absolutely no interest in Chromebooks and being willing to the concede the space to rivals Acer and Samsung, to wanting to throw its weight around in the category, even as it cashes in on the tablet craze. Speaking of its rivals, Acer is also planning to release a new Chromebook model later this... Read more...
The somewhat aggressive expansion of Chromebook models continues today with an announcement from Acer that it's releasing several new C7 SKUs, including a C710-2055 model that boasts up to 6 hours of battery life. This particular model is intended for commercial customers, especially schools looking to enhance student learning with affordable technology, but Acer also stresses that it's a great system for any consumer that needs a system primarily for online computing. Like the original C7 Chromebook, the new version features an Intel Celeron 847 dual-core processor clocked at 1.1GHz, a 320GB hard disk drive (HDD), and an 11.6-inch display with a 1366x768 resolution. What's different is that... Read more...
A couple of weeks ago, rumor got out that Google had plans to open up its own retail stores, a la Apple or Microsoft, and for the most part, it seemed to make a ton of sense. After all, what better way to get your products in the faces of consumers than going straight to them? There's also the fact that Android is a hot product, and Google has others that it'd no doubt like to push, such as Chromebook. Well, while we thought it might have been a good idea, Google disagrees. Debunked by Google's Senior Vice President of Mobile and Digital Content Andy Rubin, he gave two big reasons why there'd be no point in Google launching its own retail stores. The first reason might sound a little surpirsing.... Read more...
For a period of time, it looked as though Google's Chromebook platform would simply fade into the footnotes of technological history, but it's seeing a bit of a renaissance as of late, being reborn as the modern day netbook. It started with some much needed price cuts (Acer sells its Chromebook for $199 and Samsung's model runs $249) and continues with well timed upgrades, such as the 14-inch model HP now sells. What will tomorrow bring? Touchscreens! We already had an idea that Google was working on touchscreen support courtesy of a leaked Chromebook Pixel concept video, and now The Wall Street Journal is reporting that we'll see touch-enabled models debut by the end of the year. Details are... Read more...
Offering compelling products is just half of the battle of getting them into the hands of consumers. The other half is having them being seen by consumers - something a little difficult when so many companies are vying for the same shelf-space at retail. It's no surprise, then, when a company decides to take things into its own hands and launches its own store. Apple's done it, and has obviously seen major success, and Microsoft has begun rolling-out its own stores as well. We of course can't forget Sony, which has had its own stores all over the world for many years. Next to join this group? Believe it or not: Google. I can just hear it now... "Hey, you wanna go to the Goog?" Credit: Scott Beale,... Read more...
One thing about Google is that the company never rests, often blindsiding the public with products or services nobody outside of Mountain View saw coming. The original Chromebook was one such product, but might it only have been a precursor to something much more fantastic? One look at a Google's promotional video highlighting the Chromebook Pixel and it's hard to think otherwise. The video was originally posted by developer Francois Beaufort, the same person pimping screenshots of the new "Notifications Galore!" app built by the Chrome Team to test internally the new message center in Chrome OS. He yanked the video, but once you let the cat out of the bag on the Internet, there's no putting... Read more...
Back at the end of January, Hewlett-Packard's web team inadvertently posted a document detailing a Pavilion Chromebook, which at the time hadn't yet been announced. Only a handful of specs were identified, with no mention of a release date or pricing information, leaving us to speculate on what kind of impact this might have on Microsoft, which is aggressively pushing Windows 8. We're about to find out. HP's Pavilion Chromebook is now available to purchase starting at $330. According to HP, it's the first full-size 14-inch Chromebook on the market, which means it's every bit as portable as an Ultrabook, but costs several hundred dollars less. The biggest difference between an Ultrabook and a... Read more...
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