The Chromebook family just got a little bigger.
Google on Tuesday introduced the Chromebook 11 from Hewlett-Packard. The $279 laptop utilizes a Samsung dual-core Exynos processor -- commonly found in smartphones and tablets -- and it comes in different colors, features a Micro-USB port for charging, and sports an improved display. There is a 4G version, although HP hasn't announced the price of that device. It is available today.
That's a step beyond the inexpensive Chromebooks that start at $199 and are currently popular with bargain shoppers. Google's hope is that the improved specifications nudge this device … Read more
HP released its first Chromebook Pavilion 14 earlier this year in April and now, just a few months later, there's a new one with nearly the exact same name, starting at $299.99. This one however -- according to HP -- was built from the ground up to be a Chromebook.
The new Chromebook 14 features Haswell-based architecture, and according to HP will deliver 9.5 hours of battery life. The 14-inch screen runs at a not too impressive 1,366x768-pixel resolution and looks pretty awfully pixelated. Also the bezel feels a bit wider than we'd like and … Read more
A new line of Chromebooks is coming soon powered by Intel's battery-sipping, high-speed Haswell chips.
Google and Intel announced the models from Hewlett-Packard, Acer, Asus, and Toshiba at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco on Wednesday.
Because of their Haswell-based internals, these new Chromebooks are expected to have a battery life in the range of 9 hours. And following the lead of the popular $250 Samsung Series 3 Chromebook and Acer's $199 C7 Chromebook, they're expected to cost under $300 for the Wi-Fi only models, as opposed to Google's high-end, $1,300 Chromebook Pixel.
Google … Read more
Remember that bonus deal yesterday, the one with the $169.99 Chromebook? Um, yeah, heh, forget about that. In fact, if you took advantage of it, you might also want to take advantage of Groupon's free-returns option.
For a limited time, and while supplies last, Acer has the refurbished Chromebook C710-2847 for $129.99 shipped. That's not only the lowest Chromebook price I've ever seen, it's the lowest laptop price I've ever seen.
If you were judging the Chromebook on specs alone, it wouldn't be very impressive: Intel Celeron processor, 2GB of RAM, 11.… Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- How hotel Wi-Fi killed my Chromecast travel dreams.
- Burger grown from cow stem cells in laboratory put to taste test in London.
- Japanese scientist creates "poop burger"? Surely not.
Thanks to many ad campaigns over the years, most people know that their notebook PCs are powered by processors from Intel (or its chief rival, AMD). Those companies use a chip architecture known as x86, named for the the last two digits of the Intel chip model number in the first IBM PC.
But while Intel may be the best-known PC chip company, designs from ARM (Advanced RISC Machines) serve as the basic architecture behind chips from Apple, Samsung, Qualcomm, and Nvidia that power almost every smartphone on the market. All current Apple iDevices use Apple chips based on ARM … Read more
Shipments of Chromebooks based on Google's Chrome operating system will surge in the second half of this year, according to an Asia-based report.
Shipments could be "double or even triple" the number in the first half of the year, according to a report Monday in Digitimes that cites unnamed electronics component suppliers.
The report attributes the expected surge partly to "weak demand for Windows 8" and as a way for companies like Asus "to counter Microsoft's dominance."
In addition to Asus, vendors slated to boost the number of Chromebook models include Acer, … Read more
One of the most surprising things about the Windows 8 era has been the revival of 11-inch laptops. After a couple of years of seeing very few PCs with smaller displays, we've reviewed half a dozen 11.6-inch systems in the past two months alone.
This is especially interesting to me, as ultraportable laptops, with their 11-inch screens (along with a few 10- and 12-inch stragglers), have had a very uneven history.
Ultraportables were once, typically, extremely expensive brag-worthy laptops that could cost $2,000 or more, back when miniaturization and thermal issues were much more difficult to navigate … Read more
I'm on record as saying that, even at $249, a Chromebook is still overpriced -- especially when you can get a bigger, more powerful, Windows-based laptop for not much more.
But $169? Now it's time to re-evaluate. And speaking of time, you don't have much: Today only, and while supplies last, Best Buy has the refurbished Samsung Chromebook XE303C12 for $169.99, shipped (plus sales tax). As noted, it sells new for $249.
A Chromebook, as you may know, runs Google's Chrome OS, meaning you can't run any Windows software -- but you can accomplish … Read more