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All posts tagged "chromebook"

  • HP, Microsoft readying $199 Chromebook-culler with AMD internals

    There are two distinct trends prevalent in mobile technology at the moment. The first is building ridiculously expensive, world-conquering machines that can restart planets. The second is creating affordable devices for the people. Google has done the latter with the Chromebook, but now Microsoft and HP are also getting in on the act. According to Mobile Geeks, HP is readying its US$199 Chromebook-killer, dubbed the “Stream.” Hearing Microsoft and HP together again would almost certainly suggest that Intel is somewhere not to far away, but that’s not the case here. HP has gone with an AMD quad-core Micro-6400T SoC with...

  • New Samsung Chromebook gets faux cowhide facelift

    Samsung’s design influences are now going to extend from the Galaxy Note III to the new Chromebook 2, as we’ve seen some sneaky shots of the new leather wrapped internet-only laptop, and it’s a sight to behold. These images come directly from EVleaks, a twitter account that’s been mostly spot-on when it’s come to leaky products shots. The picture was accompanied by this tweet: Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 design language marches on… pic.twitter.com/YpbfjeygfH — @evleaks (@evleaks) March 1, 2014 Chromebook’s are laptops that only function when connected to the internet. They’re also quite popular in the US, as Google’s laptops have seemingly outsold...

  • Chromebooks, smartphones Asus’ saving grace for 2014 as profits dip 26%

    As Asus profits continue to dip (26% in Q3 said The Taipei Times), the Taiwanese company plans to focus on growing its smartphone side of the business in order to fatten its portfolio. “We remain optimistic about the desktop and laptop market, but our priority is to make the company’s smartphone business turn a profit next year,” said Asustek CFO David Chang. Laptops make up 57% of all Asus profit, the tablets 20% and finally motherboards (13%). The other 10% are surely made up of peripheral sales. For the 2014 Consumer Electronic Show (CES), Asustek CEO Jerry Shen promises that new Asus smartphones...

  • LG expected to launch Chrome OS devices soon

    LG has been extremely impressive over the last few years in keeping up and raising the bar with its electronics. From cutting-edge display tech to competitive smartphones, the South Korean giant seems to cover all tech. Recently, trademark leaks suggest the company is working on devices running Google’s Chrome OS. LG Electronics has, over the last few years, been a great part of Google’s official hardware. The company’s responsible for the Google’s most recent smartphones with the soon-to-be-released Nexus 5 underway and has a strong commitment to Android overall. Last week Acer, Samsung and HP each launched their own budget-but-beautiful...

  • Acer unveils C720 budget Chromebook powered by Haswell, 16GB SSD

    A R2 500 (US$250) Haswell-powered Chromebook with not-too-shabby specs. Yes please. Acer’s C720 Chromebook promises a durable battery, fast performance and is of course pretty darn cheap. Acer’s latest release is in direct competition with HP’s Chromebook announced by Google earlier this week. The 1366×768 11.6″ display carries 4GB RAM with 16GB SSD of space under the hood. Intel’s 4th gen processor, Acer claims, will bring you “up to 8.5 hours of battery life.” Haswell also allows Acer to slim down the overall design of the Chromebook to make it 30% thinner than its predecessor — the C710. It’s 0.75″ thick...

  • 7 reasons you might actually want a Chromebook

    It’s been nearly two years since the launch of the first ChromeOS laptop. With each new release, the platform is showing its mettle with a small, but growing number of disaffected Windows consumers. First it was the low price. Then it was the aspect of working in the cloud. Or maybe it’s that ultra fast (seven second) start-up. In any case, today’s tech manufacturers are coming up with new models of Google Chromebooks faster and faster — and buyers will benefit. Using Web tools offered by Google and other apps, these new Chromebooks from producers like Acer, HP, Samsung and...

  • Google launches Chromebook Pixel, a $1 300 curiosity

    It was rumored that Google would bring out another Chromebook, and it has. Google’s launched the Pixel, a US$1 300 laptop with a 12.85-inch display,  a 2560×1700 touchscreen, an i5 CPU and a free terabyte of cloud storage for three years, care of Google Drive. The price above is for WiFi only, lord knows how much the LTE version will cost. Techcrunch reports that the Pixel will soon launch with LTE , and partnered with Verizon users will get an astonishing 100Mb a month for a two-year period. Pity there isn’t a sarcastic font for astonishing, as it’s a pathetic amount. It’s...

  • Chromebook Pixel hands-on review: Google guns for premium market

    Google’s Chromebook Pixel is bravely taking on the heavyweights of the laptop market, with its premium price tag, and premium-design putting it up against the leviathan MacBooks and a host of Windows Ultrabooks. Google has taken the cloud-focused, browser-based Chrome OS and provided it with a showcase platform, designing and building the device itself, with a little help from OEM partners. It’s designed for ‘people who live on the cloud’, and to that end it’s always going to have a tough time against its more established peer – Mac OS and Windows machines that are still much more about local computing. But at least...

  • HP Pavilion 14 Chromebook arrives with a large screen and a small battery

    Hewlett-Packard (HP) has just stifled the rumours by releasing the HP Pavilion 14 Chromebook, its first Chrome OS laptop. Is it big news? Yeah well sort of… it could be… it should be… if it were not for a joke of a battery. According to the Google Chrome Blog, the only real change from what is already available in the Samsung, Acer, and Lenovo Chromebooks, is the larger screen, sporting a LED-backlit 14-inch...

  • Acer C7 Chromebook review: affordable but flawed

    The Acer C7 Chromebook is a cheap laptop at just £199.99/US$199.99 (around AU$191). The reason for this is that it’s a Google Chromebook, a thing that runs Google’s Chrome OS – essentially replacing the entire notion of an operating system with a web browser. And while the Chromebooks that we’ve reviewed before, such as its predecessor, the Samsung Series 3, and the Samsung Series 5, are configured differently and feel different to traditional laptops, this new C7 Chromebook from Acer seems to have been designed, consciously or not, to look and to feel as traditionally laptop-like as possible. In doing so, though, some of whatever...