Chromebook

Lenovo Refreshes Their Consumer Products for IFA

Lenovo lavished attention on their business line with a ThinkPad refresher, but heading into IFA they’re showing some love to consumers as well with new lineups in monitors, laptops, Chromebooks, tablets, and desktops!


Acer Unveils the 15.6″ Acer Chromebook 315 with Pricing Starting at Under $300

In addition to announcing the new Acer Swift 7 laptop, Acer just took the wraps off the $279.99 Acer Chromebook 315. With a 15.6” display and running on 7th Generation AMD A6-9220C or A4-9120C processors with Radeon graphics, the Chromebook 315 is a powerful Chromebook that is one of the increasing number of Chromebook that run Android apps.


ASUS Chromebook Education Series Will Withstand Students’ Abuse

Making a splash at CES, ASUS debuted a new line of Chromebook products aimed at the Education sector, called the ASUS Chromebook Education series. These ruggedized, classroom-ready laptops feature an ergonomic design and are easily serviced. The line-up includes the first-ever ASUS Chrome OS Tablet, two 11.6” Chromebooks in clamshell and convertible configurations, and a larger 14” clamshell.


Acer Covers All Bases with a Slew of New Devices

Everyone around you might be getting ready for Memorial Day, but Acer is still hard at work upping their computing game with new Chromebooks, gaming notebooks, desktops and more! So be prepared to spend whatever money you haven’t committed to a beach vacation on some sweet new tech!



Google Pixelbook 10% off via Amazon Prime Student

Amazon is listing all variants of the new Google Pixelbook as 10% off for users of Amazon Prime Student. Models available include the Google Pixelbook i5 with 8 GB RAM / 128 GB storage, Google Pixelbook i5 with 8 GB RAM / 256 GB storage, and the Google Pixelbook i7 with 16 GB RAM / 512 GB storage.


HP Delivers Two New Chromebooks at CES 2018

From the start of the Chromebook phenomena, HP has been a major player. With the arrival of CES 2018, the company has announced two new Chromebooks. One is hitting the consumer market but is also targeted for enterprise, while the second is specifically targeted for board education; both will be available this February.


Samsung and Google Create Chromebooks That Truly Run Android

Chromebooks have been able to run Android apps for about a year now, but it’s been hit and miss. Not all Chromebooks have touchscreens, and even the ones with touchscreens aren’t necessarily optimized for use as an Android device as well. Samsung and Google seem determined to change that with the newly announced Chromebook Plus and Chromebook Pro. These look an awful lot like most touchscreen Chromebooks these days. There’s…



Acer Releases Chromebooks, Tablets, Laptops, and More at CES 2016!

Acer is busy at CES this year! They’ve always been a big player in laptops, smartphones, tablets, and computer equipment in general, and they have updates for just about everything this year! There’s a lot to be excited about, whether you’re looking for a high end Windows machine or a simple Android tablet, so let’s check it all out! On the Google-based side of things, Acer has two ChromeOS devices…


A MacBook/iPad User’s Take on the Toshiba Chromebook 2

This post about the Toshiba Chromebook 2 has been a long time coming. It isn’t because I don’t like the machine. I do. Rather, it has taken time because I tried to see how it might fit into my workflow. I’ve come away from the experience impressed by what Google and Toshiba have done. Still, I need to come clean…


2013 Was The Year of the Chromebook – Did You Get One?

If someone suggested to me a year ago we would be looking back at data showing that more than 21% of laptops sold last year were Chromebooks … I would have laughed heartily in their face. I mean, to me these were pretty much netbooks that only run a browser. Yet that is the reality at the end of 2013.


Google Introduces the HP Chromebook 11

While I was unable to successfully ‘go all in’, my family absolutely loves the Samsung 11.6″ Chromebook. It is perfect for writing reports, doing email, Facebooking, and web research; it has been in constant daily use since I got it. Now Google has announced the next version of their budget laptop – the $279 HP Chromebook 11.


Week #1 of My Chromebook Challenge … Was a Challenge!

Last week I said that I was going ‘all in’ with the Samsung Chromebook, even though I was already aware of a few limitations. There were limitations when I tried the same thing for the iPad and Android tablets and I persevered, so I plowed forward! Unfortunately some of the issues were fairly significant and fragmented my computing time badly! Setting up a Chromebook is as simple as logging into…


Going ‘All-In’ With the Samsung Chromebook

Just like I did with several tablets last year, I am going to try to use the Chromebook as my ‘90% computer’. This means using it for all of my normal daily tasks except those I know it cannot do, such as PC or iPad gaming. With great portability, battery life, and ease of use, I anticipate great success! I already have a couple of challenges – the USB port…


Chromebook Pixel – A Bad Idea?

Chromebooks have been a bit of a mixed bag for many people. Some users love the idea of a lightweight, browser-focused operating system, and others feel like a computer that just runs browser apps is a waste of money. When Chromebooks occupied the $199-$300 space, they fit a niche as a lightweight “secondary machine”. Yesterday Google branched out in a shocking new direction, announcing the touchscreen, high-resolution, Chromebook Pixel. A…


2012, the Year the Netbook Died, a Eulogy

It’s been widely reported over the web that Acer and Asus are pulling out of the netbook market as of today effectively ending the netbook as a viable platform.  It says a great deal when Asus, who practically invented the netbook, has said they are done.  I write not to bury the netbook but to praise it for what it was: a great and cheap way to get things done…


Lessons Learned from a Week of Road Tripping

Sarah and I have had a busy summer, but the big finale was definitely this past week. We started out Labor Day weekend, where we headed to Virginia, before returning to New Jersey for a day and then heading to Maine for a friend’s wedding. Lots of travel, lots of packing, lots of gear. What did we learn? Read on to see our hard-earned lessons and tips! Technology: Let’s start…


A Gear Diary Quick Tour of Chromebook

It is easy to forget in the flood of Android tablets that Google has another operating system in their quiver-Chrome OS. It has been maligned as “too late” and dismissed as just another netbook option, but it is so much more. If your primary work is in the cloud, especially Google services, and you’re looking for a fast computing option with great battery life, hold off on that tablet purchase….


Could This Be the Computer for Your Grandma?

A lot has been said about the iPad and how suitable it could be for people who have never used a computer. Way back during the late 90’s there were many companies attempting to make an appliance computer. That is, a computer that doesn’t require the overhead of a Windows PC, Linux PC or a Mac. Netpliance tried and utterly failed with the iOpener, which was a darling of the…


Chromebooks Market Niche Still Mystifies

I’m not sure I understand the Chromebook pricing model. Acer is introducing an 11.6″ Chromebook [Ars Technica] in June, with wifi-only for $350. Samsung’s 12″ model will come with 3G wireless in addition to wifi, and cost $500. I could buy a Gateway dual-core Windows 7 11.6″ netbook today for $330 [Amazon]. The Gateway has 160 GB of hard drive space; the Chromebooks are limited to a much smaller amount…