Chromebooks are the new MacBook. At least, that’s the takeaway from the NDP’s new data on technology purchases made by US businesses: of the 14.4 million computers sold to workplaces, 9.6 percent – around 1.3 million – were Chromebooks. That’s meteoric growth for Google-branded alternative laptops that, in 2012, represented as little as 0.2 percent of sales. This year’s share easily trounced Apple MacBook sales (1.8 percent), and even Android tablet orders (8.7). (more…)
A new Chromebook is soon to hit Amazon, made by Acer and based on their already-impressive C720 offering. The newly-announced $199 C720-2848 is almost identical to the $250 C720, but Acer decided to cut this model’s RAM offering in half from 4GB to just 2GB. Both models feature identical 11.6″ 1366 x 768 displays, as well as the same Intel Haswell Celeron processor. (more…)
In partnership with HP, Google released a new Chromebook this morning called the Chromebook 11. The laptop is now on sale through Google Play for just $279.99, featuring some good specs and a unique design that many might find quite appealing. It features an 11.6″ IPS display, finely-tuned speakers, is completely noiseless, weighs in at an extra-light 2.3lbs., comes in a variety of colors, and features up to 6 hours of battery life. Not a bad little package. (more…)
Today at the Intel Developer Forum, Google introduced a few new Chromebooks and a Chromebox that were made in partnership with ASUS and Toshiba, powered by Intel’s Haswell processor. The Haswell processor is known for its ability to bring more power, while also consuming less battery, which is good news for Chromebook users that can’t get through a full day of usage on their laptops. (more…)
Google announced today that they will be expanding the current shopping options for potential Chromebook buyers. Currently, the web-based laptops are sold in a few retail stores such as Best Buy and online retailers like Amazon, but in the coming months, you can start finding Chromebooks in certain Walmart, Staples, Frys Electronics and OfficeMax locations. (more…)
The Chromebook Pixel with LTE, which we just reviewed this morning, will finally ship on April 8. The device runs $1449 for those with an extra pile or two of cash lying around. In our review, we had mostly positive things to say about the hardware, but the lacking Chrome OS software makes this price seem insanely high. You can pack all of the high-end displays, keyboards, and etched-glass touchpads you want into a device, but if it’s just a glorified browser, it’ll be tough to justify it at any premium price level.
So I’ve had the Chromebook Pixel (initial impressions) in my possession for just over three weeks now, an amount of time I’d consider to be quite substantial in terms of being able to put some final thoughts about it on paper. While my job is to review phones, tablets, apps, and their accompanying accessories for a living, this is a product that caused enough of a stir being made by Google and all, that I figured it was worth a look. With that said, I don’t typically review computers, so I’m actually going to keep this pretty short and sweet while putting together the whole thing from the Pixel itself. There won’t be a series of benchmarks or any of that ultra-technical jargon, just basic usability talk from my point of view. If you have read most of the early reviews, then I’ll just say right now that my opinions aren’t going to differ much. Let’s dive into it. (more…)