Chromebook Future

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  • Other references in the Chrome OS codebase have suggested that other detachable Chromebooks, perhaps even one with a built-in stylus, may be in our future.(More…)


  • HP’s Chromebook x2 breaks that mold–not only is it one of the most attractive Chrome OS devices you can get (on par with Google’s Pixelbook), but it’s also a device that works just as well as a tablet as it does as a laptop. (More…)
  • It?s based on Google?s open source Chromium OS and shares the same architecture as Google Chrome OS. Booting from the USB drive, I was able to transform a 2006 Dell Inspiron laptop into a very usable computer and, without touching the factory-installed Windows 10 OS, my Lenovo X1 Carbon enjoyed being a sporty Chromebook for a long weekend.(More…)


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Other references in the Chrome OS codebase have suggested that other detachable Chromebooks, perhaps even one with a built-in stylus, may be in our future. [1] Windows 10 is all but confirmed to make its way to Chromebooks in the near future, and OEMs are obviously preparing for this change. [2]

Acer 3G Chromebook announced in May is believed to be the future of computing. [3] It’s a great baseline for future Chromebooks to either match or try to beat. [4]

To quickly boot into Windows on future Chromebooks, it appears you can skip the boot screen showing software choices and use a keyboard shortcut. [5] Chromebooks don’t run Windows or Mac Os and none of the software designed for these platforms (at least for now, but that might change with Campfire in the near future ). [6] Again, dual booting could come to Chrome tablets and Chromebooks in the future. [7] Opinion: Chrome OS Has A Future Beyond Chromebooks Chromebooks are the most common Chrome OS device on the market and among the most popular choices for buyers looking for a new notebook experience. [8] Select Chromebooks To Receive Face Detection: Report Some Chrome OS devices might get face detection features via a future update if a recent code commit to the Chromium Gerrit is any indication. [8]

It suggests that future Chrome tablets will work with USB or Bluetooth keyboard bases as well as those like the one on the HP Chromebook X2, which uses pogo pins for data and power between the screen and keyboard. [9] The Google Pixelbook is still the halo Chromebook out-there, but various OEMs have picked up where Google left off and by the end of 2018 you’ll be able to choose between a bunch of other excellent Chromebooks, like the Acer Chromebook 13 and Spin 13, the Dell Inspiron 14 Chromebook, the HP Chromebook X2 or the Lenovo Yoga Chromebook, and I’d also expect updated versions of the Acer Chromebook Flip C302 and the Samsung Chromebook Pro in the near future. [6]

With firmly planted roots, a waning PC market and support for Android apps on the horizon, the Chromebook’s future looks bright. [10]

We have compiled a list of all the currently supported Chromebooks, future devices, and devices that will never get support. [11] I hope that in the near future UPwork will develop a tracker that will work on a chromebook but for now I’m stuck to working at home at my way to heavy and big windows laptop. I think it is a missed change in flexibility. [12]


HP’s Chromebook x2 breaks that mold–not only is it one of the most attractive Chrome OS devices you can get (on par with Google’s Pixelbook), but it’s also a device that works just as well as a tablet as it does as a laptop. [13] Aside from Google’s Pixelbook, the Chromebook x2 is the most luxurious Chrome OS device I’ve ever held. [13] HP designed the Chromebook x2 to elevate the Chrome OS experience, similarly to how Google’s own Pixelbook handles the OS. The x2 is built with premium materials and packed with better internals than most Chromebooks, making it a good option for Chrome OS enthusiasts. [13]

A device like the Chromebook x2 is supposed to be a workhorse–as much of a workhorse as a Chrome OS can be–allowing the user to browse the Web with many tabs, stream music and video, and run multiple Android apps with few (if any) hiccups. [13] “The keyboard base for both should have a dedicated Google Assistant key and of course, being newer devices, they?ll run both Android apps as well as Linux apps, via Project Crostini, right out of the box,” About Chromebooks said. [14]

Acer offers Chromebooks that can be rotated 360 degrees and that use a touch-sensitive screen, so that the device can be used as a tablet. [15] HP’s $599 Chromebook x2 is one of the first higher-end Chrome OS devices to come out, not to mention one of the first Chrome OS tablets available, too. [13] The Chromebook x2 is the first Chrome OS detachable to hit the market and one of the first Chrome OS tablets to come out. [13] As the first consumer-focused Chrome OS tablet, the Chromebook x2 sets the bar high. [13]

Acer led the way with its Chromebook Tab 10, an affordable Chrome OS tablet meant for students and schools. [13] I use Photoshop to edit product photos on my MacBook Pro, but thanks to the advances made in Chrome OS and Android apps, I could edit photos fairly easily on the Chromebook x2. [13] Plugging my SD card into an adaptor, and the adaptor into one of the device’s USB-C ports, I found all of my photos in Chrome OS’ Files app. Photoshop Express and Pixlr are just two of the many apps you can use to edit photos on a Chromebook, and both are quite competent at the task, even if they can’t fully replace Photoshop. [13] If I were to use a Chromebook as my primary device, I’d want to use the Files app as little as possible, likely only for choosing the photos I wanted to keep before transferring them to a cloud storage service or an external hard drive. [13] Reality is Chromebooks are mainly sold into the educational market and only in the U.S. They provide a simply OS locked to a apps store and mostly use weaker hardware. [16] If the prospect of using What’s App, Super Mario Run and other apps on a Chromebook sounds like an option for you, make sure your next Chromebook includes a touch screen. [16] Chromebooks are now modern touch screen pen-equipped workstations that run Chrome OS, 3 1/2 million Android apps and now Linux applications. [15] Instead of Windows 10 or macOS, Chromebooks run Google’s Chrome OS. These machines are designed to be used primarily while connected to the Internet, with most applications and documents living in the cloud. [16] Google’s software updates itself automatically in the background while you’re using your Chromebook; the system won’t pester you to reboot or make you wait while it applies new software at startup (with the exception being the very first time you power up and sign into a new Chrome OS device). [17] Chromebooks run Chrome OS, Google’s operating system, so they heavily feature Google’s suite of applications and often times rely on a working Internet connection. [16] Children who are still learning how to use computers may be more receptive to learning how a new operating system works, and while there’s no official Minecraft title for Chrome OS, the Android-based Minecraft: Pocket Edition will become available on certain Chromebooks later this year. [16]

Because Chromebooks are meant primarily for online use, the specs aren’t as important as they are for Windows laptops, but you’ll still want to know how much power and storage you’re getting for your money. [16] Soon, Chromebooks won’t be just the cheap laptops you buy for your kids as an alternative to a more expensive macOS or Windows machine–or for yourself as a secondary device. [13] You’ll probably wind up paying more for a Windows 10 notebook, as the average selling price for a PC is $448, according to NPD. There are more affordable options, as we’ve detailed here, but the PC laptop market has a much higher cap than the Chromebook market. [16] Microsoft is fighting back with claims that Windows 10 S mode will give laptops better performance and battery life, but if you’re looking for a simple way to get online and you prefer Google’s services, you’ll be happy with a Chromebook. [16] I got a Lenovo Yoga Chromebook almost a year ago and I loved it from the get – go,the OS is so light as compared to Windows 10. [15] Did some digging into Chromebooks easiest to change-over to a lightweight Linux OS and only Acer was recommended. [16] Early, pre-release builds of Chrome OS revealed that Chromebooks will support Linux programs, satisfying demand from some of the more tech-savvy Chromebook owners. [16] Most modern Chromebooks now have access to hundreds of web apps, nearly every Android app (though performance varies significantly from app to app), and a growing number of models even allow traditional desktop apps via Linux app support. [2] If you want a Chromebook with enough speed to run your favorite Android apps, consider laptops with the Core i5 and Core i7 CPUs, such as the Pixelbook. [16] Yes, it is expected to launch an updated Pixelbook Chromebook, the Nocturne Chrome tablet and new Pixel 3 and 3XL phones that day. [14] At $599 for the tablet plus its keyboard and stylus, the Chromebook x2 isn’t trying to be the most affordable Chromebook–rather, it’s trying to appeal to those who want a premium Chromebook that balances style, versatility, and power. [13] According to HP, using the keyboard with the Chromebook x2 should not affect battery life (we ran all of our tests with the keyboard attached). [13] Size represents the only challenge for the Chromebook x2 as an on-the-go laptop: the keyboard just about matches the device’s dimensions, measuring 11.5 x 8 inches, so it occupies a small area when sitting on your lap. [13] Its heft comes from both the keyboard and the tablet’s internals–we’ll get into the included keyboard in the next section, but the Chromebook x2’s specs combine the hardware necessities for mobile devices and PCs alike: an accelerometer, gyroscope, compass, and ambient light sensor, plus a 13MP rear camera, 5MP front-facing camera, a Core m3 processor, and a 48Whr battery. [13] I had a fine experience using the Chromebook x2 as my main work device for a few days; it handled my in-browser work (which accounts for most of my workday), it allowed me to edit a handful of photos without too much compromise, and I rarely experienced any performance lag. [13] I was instinctively more protective over the Chromebook x2 than other devices because I didn’t want to sully its pristine finish, but it easily withstood minor dings and scratches from accidental mishandling. [13] HP’s Chromebook x2 made me rethink my belief that Chromebooks would peak as secondary devices for most working professionals. [13]

Like most tablets, the Chromebook x2 doesn’t excel in the port department. [13] Our Chromebook x2 review unit runs on an Intel Core m3-7Y30 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage. [13] Since Chrome OS is so lightweight, Chromebooks often don’t need much storage. [16] Chromebook for Work models also offer tools that IT administrators need to manage laptops in and out of the office. [16] Chromebooks will do most of the work you need to do offline anyways, like document editing and creation. [16]

The story of apps on Chromebooks is getting better every day, but these machines were still originally optimized for Google’s apps, such as Gmail, Google Calendar and Google Drive. [16] This deep integration can be either positive or negative, depending on how you use a PC. Chromebooks will be easy to set up if you already use those apps. [16] If you’re buying this Chromebook for someone else, you should take a few moments to consider how they’re going to use the device. [16] If I didn’t have a handful of proprietary programs I needed to use for my work at Ars, I could make the switch to a Chromebook more easily than I thought. [13] Chromebooks are designed to rely heavily on the Internet, which means that many apps simply won’t work if you’re out of Wi-Fi range. [16] Chromebooks gives Linux apps to people who aren’t computer geeks, and that’s most people. [15]

Google maintains a Chrome OS end-of-life database that lists out exactly when every Chromebook (and Chromebox) will stop receiving OS updates. [17] The processor in your Chrome OS machine helps determine how smoothly your Chromebook performs, especially when you have multiple tabs open and you’re streaming video or playing games. [16] Chrome OS doesn’t demand many connectivity options, but some Chromebooks have USB-A ports, DisplayPorts, and HDMI ports. [13]

Overall, the best way to tell if someone will enjoy owning a Chromebook is if you know they already spend most of their time in the Chrome browser. [16] Android apps are now coming to Chromebooks, however, only a select few systems can access the Google Play store at this time. [16] If Google brings out a Chromebook tablet, it won’t be the company’s first tablet. [14] It’s worth noting that the entirety of the Chromebook x2’s battery is inside the tablet itself, not shared between it and the keyboard accessory. [13] The keyboard holds the weight and then some, keeping the Chromebook x2 steady both on flat surfaces and on my lap. [13] The $599 Chromebook x2 is made better by its included accessories: a solid keyboard and an active pen that can live conveniently on the side of the keyboard. [13]

That didn’t stop me from using the Chromebook x2 on my lap–I was thrilled to find a detachable that’s actually stable enough in laptop mode. [13] This is a great computer for school, but if you are an editor, gamer, or YouTuber (bc you'll have to edit) I would much rather reccomend you to NOT get a chromebook! Ever since I got one, I've wanted a Windows laptop. Basically what i'm saying here is: Chromebooks are school computers. [16] I thought for sure I'd settled on a Core M powered Windows device but came across a review about the Toshiba Chromebook 2. [16] The students using school purchased Chromebooks hate the hardware, and hate that you can't put games on the device. [16] Considering the first Chromebooks arrived in 2011, there are at least two “generations” of high school students that have grown up on Chromebooks. [2] This would be my first Chromebook, cause sure enough the first time I say that screen in person I was instantly sold at the $300 is was selling for at the time of purchase. [16] I caught myself staring into the webcam’s tiny eye a few times upon waking the Chromebook x2, expecting it to detect my face and immediately log me in. [13] The fact that the Chromebook x2 made me rethink how I work and what’s necessary for me to work speaks volumes. [13] Surprisingly google docs works perfectly on my iPad and mac pro but google docs is always a problem on the Chromebook: Whole chapters disappeared. [16] The Android version of Office is rolling out to those Chromebooks with access to the Google Play Store. [16] Of course, Chromebooks with Android support get more modern titles such as Fallout Shelter, Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes and Minecraft. [16]

The Chromebook Pixel 2 is looking more and more tempting everyday but I still find the price to swallow considering the maturity of the OS running on it. [16] The Lenovo ThinkPad 13 Chromebook and Google’s Pixelbook include the Trusted Platform Module, a security chip that helps keep malicious attackers away from your passwords. [16] Google’s detachable Chromebook, codenamed Nocturne, just leaked, alongside an updated Pixelbook with thinner bezels. [16] I asked Kevin Tofel of About Chromebooks what his best guess is for the Google October 9 event where the company is expected to announce a new Pixelbook(s) along with new Pixel phones. [14]

Lenovo’s comparatively massive 15.6-inch Yoga Chromebook would make a great Chrome OS/Windows machine. [2] HP didn’t follow the handbook that many OEMs use when crafting a Chromebook, which generally leads to the use of cheaper materials and uninspired designs. [13] Chromebooks are especially good for younger students, as they are ease to use and are fairly secure. [16] By choosing a Chromebook are you selling your soul to the devil? Yes, somewhat, but it?s a compromise between practicality and use. [15] Plus you get updates and just it is so easy to use GNU/Linux now on Chromebooks. [15]

There are a ton of Chromebooks available now, and more devices that share the Chromebook x2’s premium nature are on the way. [13] Using the Chromebook x2’s stylus gave me more precision when editing finer details in my photos and I appreciated being able to set the device down, flat on my desk, to edit images almost as if I was making changes to a sketch. [13] They were having a sale on chromebooks and I was in great need of a laptop. I got one, and I tried to get Roblox, not knowing it didn't support.exe files. [16] Chromebooks are pretty light on storage needs and even Android apps typically don?t need tons of storage. [2] You can manually force a Chromebook to check for updates by going into its Help screen (chrome://help) — but unless you’re just impatient and itching for something new, there’s really no need to do that. [17]

I'd expect 4 GB RAM Chromebooks to have a 64-bit version of the Chrome OS but unfortunately, this is not always the case. [16] The system, Chrome OS, is undoubtedly the biggest advantage of the Chromebook. [15]

HP’s Chromebook x2 lasted an average of 736 minutes, or about 12 hours, on our Wi-Fi battery test. [13] The Chromebook x2 performed well on our benchmark tests as well. [13] Anodized electrodeposition was used to make the ceramic white finish on the back of the Chromebook x2. [13]

Gone are the days that Chromebooks are restricted to just a handful of web apps and are near-useless without an internet connection. [2] Of course, it’s likely not all Chromebooks will make this transition, as there are still plenty of folks who want a dirt-cheap web machine, similar to how there are Windows S machines that still run Windows but without all the extra fluff and polish. [2] If you purchased a Mac or Windows PC in the past and never added any programs, and don't run programs outside what I've described, a Chromebook may be for you. [16] Actually, if you look at the prices on Amazon, Chromebooks are a bit more expensive than similarly configured Windows PCs. [16] If you do none of those things and don't install programs on a windows machine, think about a Chromebook. [16]

Storm, now that Chromebooks support Linux applications you can install Libre Office, which is very full-featured. [15] You say Chromebooks are “less popular than Macs and Linux”? You’re information is way obsolete. [15] Chromebooks have outsold Macs for years, and for workstations, Linux is only a blip. [15]

The big advantage of the Chromebook (and Android smartphones, for that matter) is that any manufacturer can produce them. [15] The Chromebook x2’s included keyboard is one of the heaviest I’ve ever held. [13] That might be at least part of the reason why Google has slowly but surely upgraded what Chromebooks are capable of. [2] While it?s still common to find Macs and iPads in today?s school systems, Chromebooks are quickly becoming the de facto choice for the educational market due to how cheap they are, as well as how easy maintenance is on these machines. [2] If you?re looking to take a Chromebook to school with you, make it one of those, or one of the models listed here. [16] The entry-level model comes with 1.2-GHz Intel Core i5-7Y57 (7th Generation) 8GB of memory, and 128GB of storage (a robust config for a Chromebook). [14] The days of most Chromebooks packing 32GB or less storage may soon be behind us. [2] Up until now, few Chromebooks have bothered with more than 32GB of internal storage. [2]

Similar to business notebooks made to survive drops and other minor disasters, Chromebooks for Work are built to withstand falls, scrapes and similar punishment. [16] If you surf the web, write and read emails, watch Netflix and youtube, do some basic word processing or spreadsheet work or do minor picture editing, a Chromebook may be right for you. [16] If you already have a workhorse PC at home and want a lightweight, grab and go computer to do basic browsing and work on, a Chromebook may be for you. [16] Other than that, I'd say a Chromebook could easily work for a lot of people. [16] You can certainly respond and write emails, watch downloaded movies and shows, write and work in spreadsheets offline in a Chromebook. [16] It may be best to stick with the Office Android apps or Office Online if you already have a lot of Office files that you’re bringing over to your Chromebook. [16] Chromebooks are affordable and offer decent performance, and the introduction of Android apps is increasing their capabilities. [16]

If that doesn’t sound like enough for you, certain Chromebooks pack Intel Core CPUs for even more speed. [16] Understand what you need and what a Chromebook can and cannot do. [16] Dell’s latest entry packs a sizable 128GB, while Lenovo offers 64GB in their new Yoga Chromebook. [2] Therefore, ASAP, please delete remarks that specify applications that Chromebooks cannot run. [16] This is a pretty big hint on why three major Chromebook makers decided to go “premium” at IFA. [2] You can still get a very functional Chromebook for an inexpensive price. [15] When Chromebooks were first announced, many people balked at the idea. [2] When it comes to RAM, Chromebooks come with either 2GB or 4GB. While models with 4GB are more expensive, we’ve found that difference to be worth it for multi-tasking. [16] You’ll still be able to play games on the Chromebook, but your options are sparse. [16] Chromebooks have done quite well in the education market, but their appeal has broadened. [16] Chromebooks typically offer exceptional battery life, but not as much as they used to. [16] If you want to try out a different channel, type chrome://help into the address bar of a browser tab on your Chromebook. [17] There was another system, that?s less popular, which I thought deserved a try: ChromeOS. I took a look at a Chromebook to get a firsthand experience of the operating system. [15]

For those who like to live on the edge with the Canary and Dev builds of Chrome OS, Linux apps are already a reality — but what about everyone else? While we know that Linux app support is coming to a range of Chromebooks from Lenovo, Acer, Dell and others, a post on the Chromium Gerrit reveals that devices running Linux 3.14 or older will miss out. [18] A Chromebook is an inexpensive laptop that runs Chrome OS, an operating system that uses a Web browser (Chrome) as its primary interface and focuses on Web apps and online storage. [4] It all depends on how you use your current laptop or desktop. If you need to run a lot of specialized applications like Photoshop, Illustrator, or even if you absolutely need the Microsoft Office Suite and can?t settle for Google Docs, a Chromebook probably isn?t for you. [19] Android apps on Chromebooks are very much a work in progress and require developers to update their apps to run and scale properly on a laptop. Google didn’t have much success getting developers to optimize their apps for Android tablets, so we don’t recommend buying a Chromebook solely for the purpose of running Android apps. [4] Starting in 2017, every new model of Chromebook supports the Google Play store and will be able to run Android apps. [19]

A Terminal app has appeared in the Chrome OS dev channel, strongly suggesting that support for Linux applications could well be on the horizon — something which will give Chromebooks a new appeal. [18] I can understand some people suggesting traditional Linux distributions like Ubuntu or Fedora, but Chrome OS — and the Chromebooks on which it runs — is arguably more secure while also being easier to use. [18] Ubuntu is not the only Linux-based operating system that can be found on a Dell laptop. Actually, the company also sells Chromebooks, which run Chrome OS. Yes, Google?s web-focused desktop OS is a Linux distro. [18] Until the operating system evolves to better accommodate tablet use, we don’t recommend Chrome OS tablets over Chromebooks, but we’ll keep an eye on any new developments. [4] Chromebooks are devices that excel at general-purpose use think of a Chromebook as a slightly more robust tablet, or a big smartphone with a keyboard. [19] A Chromebook also makes a good bare-bones secondary laptop if you already have a laptop or a desktop computer and prefer a traditional laptop with a keyboard to a similarly priced touchscreen-first iPad or Android tablet. [4] You’re no longer limited to the Chrome ecosystem, and you can get just as much functionality out of your Chromebook as you could out of an Android phone or tablet. [19] This powerful Chromebook does double-duty as a tablet, so that plus its use of Android apps make the X2 something you might also consider if you’re looking for a new Android tablet. [20] “Users who have mostly migrated to the cloud (especially Google’s suite of services), have mission critical Android apps, and spend most of their time on their home PC on a Chrome browser will find that new Chromebook offerings more than sufficient.” [21]

Positioned between what we consider the budget and mainstream pricing segments, the new Chromebooks will face direct competition from midrange Windows 10 laptops, like the Acer Aspire E 15. [21] As a convertible laptop, the Yoga Chromebook C630 taps into a popular Windows laptop design, which analysts believe could thrive when paired with Chrome OS. [21]

The Flip can charge via USB-C. In a perfect world, this would mean that you could use any USB-C charger to power the Flip–how convenient! But because of the confusing state of USB-C charging, we recommend using the charger Asus provides– or one we’ve tested –because there’s a chance the wrong charger could fry your laptop (I may have done this to a different Chromebook accidentally). [4] At around $500, it’s more expensive than we’d like, but unfortunately all good Chromebooks are expensive right now–and the Flip feels more like a $1,000 ultrabook than a $500 laptop. [4]

A Chromebook doesn’t need to be exceptionally powerful or look fancy, but if a slow processor, bad Wi-Fi, poor battery life, a horrendous screen, or a bad keyboard or trackpad gets in the way of your using the Internet like a normal person, it has failed at its only job. [4] Google is also rumored to introduce a new high-end Chromebook this October with smaller bezels and a 4K screen, as well as a cheaper version with a detachable keyboard. [19] We lived with each of our Chromebook contenders for at least one full day of work to get a feel for the keyboard, trackpad, screen, and speakers, as well as for each laptop’s real-world performance. [4]

Today, Google unveils the “Pixelbook,” which is a high-end Chromebook with a 12.3-inch touch screen and stylus support. [18] The Chromebook x2 sits on the higher-end of the Chromebook price range, although it’s still considerably cheaper than its biggest competitor: The Google Pixelbook. [19] The prospect of running Linux apps on a Chromebook is something that has many people excited since Google first announced the plans. [18] HP’s Chromebook x2 is the first of a new wave of innovative, premium Chrome OS notebooks. [19] From the early days of Google’s desktop OS, Acer has produced quality computers running the Linux-based Chrome OS. Best of all, Acer’s Chromebooks and Chromeboxes are often quite affordable. [18] A Chromebook is ideal for someone who spends all their computing time in a browser: checking email and social networks, working in Google’s app suite or in other Web apps, and juggling lots of tabs. [4]

Chromebooks need an Internet connection for most tasks, though they do support some offline options for Gmail, Google Drive, Calendar, and Keep, as well as offline playback of movies, music, and some games. [4] Google could be about to add Windows 10 support to a range of Chromebooks, according to a new leak. [18] For these reasons, Google Play support isn’t a requirement, but we do expect most Chromebooks released from late 2017 onward to launch with stable channel support. [4]

Most Chromebooks in this price range use underpowered processors, skimp on memory, or have terrible-quality screens. [4] The Lenovo 500e Chromebook is an 11-inch convertible with an Intel Celeron N3450 processor and 4 GB of RAM. It offers noticeably improved Android app performance over Chromebooks with the older N3350 processor–we experienced less lag when taking notes in Keep, and animations were smoother and loading screens were quicker in Hearthstone. [4] The Flip’s glossy touchscreen display also has a bit more glare than the matte screen of the Lenovo. (Both Chromebooks were better than average in Laptop Mag’s tests.) [4] The Lenovo ThinkPad 13 is a great, reliable Chromebook, but it lacks amenities like keyboard backlighting and a touchscreen. [4] The Lenovo ThinkPad 13 Chromebook is a bit heavier than we’d like, but it’s still reasonably portable with a weight of 3.2 pounds and dimensions of 12.7 by 8.8 by 0.8 inches (width by depth by height). [4] Like the Flip, the ThinkPad 13 Chromebook can charge via USB-C, but the same caveat about third-party chargers applies–we don’t recommend using chargers other than the included one or one we’ve tested. [4] The Flip is lighter and more compact than our runner-up, the Lenovo ThinkPad 13 Chromebook. [4] Plus, the ThinkPad 13 Chromebook still lacks a 360-degree hinge; at that price, paying for the Flip instead is the better choice. [4]

For $750, the Yoga Chromebook makes a compelling case when compared with Google’s laptop, which has similar components but a much higher starting price. [21] Google’s lightweight OS is finally getting some real innovation, with a full slate of new Chromebooks making their way to the market over the next several months. [19] The thin client OS was publicly demoed in November, but it was not until 2011 that the first Chromebooks shipped from OEM partners. [22] One of the most popular Linux-based desktop operating systems is Ubuntu, and today, its maker, Canonical, launches an official guide on how to get its OS running on a Chromebook. [18] They continued to sell budget Chromebooks, fortifying Chrome OS’ reputation as an operating system meant for children, not adults. [21] HP has built a powerful Chromebook that can moonlight as an awesome tablet with the Chromebook X2. [20] Tablets running Chrome OS are actually a thing now, as the Chromebook Tab 10 shows us. [18] The Chromebook Tab 10, for instance, is just a tablet — it does not come with a detachable keyboard. [18]

In addition to the spill-resistant keyboard, this version of the Chromebook 11 has rubberized edges to protect the laptop if you drop it. [4] Battery life: A Chromebook should last for a full 8-hour day of classes or work so you don’t have to hunt for an outlet or make do with a dead laptop. [4] With a more power-hungry screen than many other Chromebooks, the Chromebook X2 still has great battery life. [20] The lovely 2,400 x 1600 (235 PPI) display in the productivity-friendly 3:2 aspect ratio is pen-enabled, giving the Chromebook x2 a ton of uses. [19]

Chromebooks run Chrome OS, which is a very secure Linux distribution. [18] So, the Pixelbook is here to offer an elegant Chrome OS experience, reminiscent of the excellent Chromebook Pixel. [18] If you can get by with a Chromebook, you should! By the way, Chrome OS is not a glorified web browser, but instead, a well-designed Linux-based operating system. [18] Hot on the heels of announcing its all-new Chromebook 11, the company today unveils three new Chrome OS computers — Chromebook 11 C732, Chromebook Spin 11, and Chromebox CXI3. [18]

Today, Samsung announces its latest such laptop — the premium, yet affordable, Chromebook Plus (V2). [18] With all of the other premium Chromebooks launched at IFA 2018 last week, Samsung bringing another premium offering to market wouldn’t be a surprise at all. [23] Lenovo, often praised for its pricey ThinkPad series, will finally release its first premium Chromebook in October, the Yoga Chromebook C630. [21] Dell recently took the wraps off its first “premium” Chromebook, the Inspiron Chromebook 14 2-in-1. [21] HP’s Chromebook X2 is the first detachable Chromebook, and the category is starting off with quite the bang. [20] We got our first look at a series of mainstream Chromebook laptops at IFA 2018 in late August. [21]

An Intel dual-core processor power the Acer 3G Chromebook. [3] Acer built the Chromebook 11 C771T to withstand abuse from students. [4] When it comes to Chromebooks, Acer is one of the premier manufacturers. [18] Today, Acer unveils its latest Chromebook 11, and it is absolutely beautiful. [18] Acer also has a new Chromebook Spin 15, a 2-in-1 version that starts at $450. [19]

That said, if you just need an affordable mobile device to bridge the gap between a desktop and your smart phone, a Chromebook might be for you. [19] The Flip has very few ports–two USB-C ports, a microSD slot, and a headphone jack–so if you need to connect things to this Chromebook, you’ll need some adapters. [4] The Flip has two USB-C 3.1 Gen 1 ports, a microSD slot, and a headset jack, but no USB-A ports for your existing accessories. (It doesn’t have any faster, more-versatile Thunderbolt 3 ports found on recent Macs and high-end Windows notebooks, either, but no Chromebook does yet.) [4] Why buy a Chromebook? Well, they’re lighter, more portable, and generally have better battery life than their Windows or Mac counterparts. [19] To test the battery life of each Chromebook, we use a customized version of the Chromium battery test designed to emulate normal browsing behavior. [4] Most Chromebooks also include USB ports and an SD or microSD card slot that you can use to expand storage. [4] It’s great news for anyone who has been put off by the idea of using a Chromebook because they couldn’t use their favorite software. [18] We don’t just write about Chromebooks, we use them every day. [20] It is very easy to use a Chromebook, if you use internet and if you know how to use a browser, then you can easily learn how to use a Chromebook. [3] It lacks keyboard backlighting, a touchscreen, and a 360-degree hinge, and it’s a bit heavier than we’d like, but it’s the next-best Chromebook right now. [4] It’s thin and sleek, and oozes “premium” when using it, has the best keyboard and trackpad of any Chromebook, and a gorgeous touchscreen. [20] Google is also rumored to be launching two new premium Chromebooks this fall. [21] To find out how to install Android apps on your (compatible) Chromebook, check out the official instructions from Google here. [19] We also streamed music, worked in large Google Drive spreadsheets and text documents, and tested the number of tabs each Chromebook can handle, paying special attention to frustrating and error-inducing input lag while typing in Google Docs. [4] The ThinkPad 13 Chromebook comes with a one-year warranty and all the standard Google goodies. [4] The Lenovo ThinkPad 13 Chromebook can charge via either of its USB-C ports, though they’re both on the right side. [4] Now you have to pay at least $450 for a good Chromebook–that’s how much the recommended configuration of our runner-up, the Lenovo ThinkPad 13 Chromebook, costs. [4] The recently announced budget Chromebooks from Lenovo, as well as Acer’s new Chromebook Tab 10, will bring some much-needed competition in this realm. [19]

Currently, he is using Google’s Pixelbook but is always looking at new products and may have any Chromebook in his hands at any time. [20] You can upgrade that to a Core i7 and 16GB too if you like, so if you envision performing some heavy duty tasks on your Chromebook, the Pixelbook is a worthy recommendation. [19] A “premium” Chromebook used to be an oxymoron, but thanks to the Pixelbook that’s no longer true. [19] There have been few premium Chromebooks available to those who value the simplicity of Google’s operating system. [21] The Chromebook R13 is an excellent choice for anyone who wants a premium product without a premium price. [20] The low price tags are the most attractive draw, as Chromebooks often sell for hundreds less than Windows counterparts. [19] As much as its starting price of $1,000 (regularly on sale for $800 or slighly less) makes it far from a typical Chromebook, the Pixelbook does offer the most powerful hardware of all the recommendations in this guide. [19]

That product will work with tablets too, although it is probably better suited for a USB-C enabled Chromebook (when connected to a monitor as a desktop), Chromebase, or Chromebox. [18] Jerry Hildenbrand is Mobile Nation’s Senior Editor and works from a Chromebook full time. [20]

If you can’t live without a certain desktop app such as Microsoft Office, a desktop email client, or photo- or video-editing software, a Chromebook is not for you. [4] For this reason, we only test with one stable-yet-demanding app across all Chromebooks to judge performance. [4]

There’s a new Chromebook on the block — or there will be soon — and this HP offering is determined to stand out from the crowd. and give both the Surface Pro and iPad Pro a run for their money. [18] The original Chromebook Flip took us by surprise when we first saw it, but many have come to love this light, portable, and unassuming little Chromebook. [20] The Flip feels closer to a $1,000 ultrabook than to a cheap Chromebook, and everyone I handed it to commented on how nice it looked and felt. [4] Take your digital life everywhere with the light and portable Chromebook Flip. [20]

If you want a Chromebook specifically for note-taking or Android apps, the 500e is the best cheap option so far. [4] If you can?t do it in a web browser or Android app, you probably won?t be able to do it on a Chromebook. [19] By contrast, the C771T is equipped to handle everything you can do on a Chromebook right now, including Android apps. [4]

With the right cable, your Chromebook X2 will charge anywhere your phone does. [20] Chromebook critics often complain that they are cheap laptops with poor build quality and small, low-resolution displays — and for good reason. [21] The 14-inch laptop sports an aluminum design with narrow bezels and a stylus dock, and comes equipped with a Core i3 CPU and 4GB of RAM. Those specs won’t set any performance records, but they are a significant step up from Dell’s entry-level Chromebooks of the past few years. [21] Chromebooks are excellent budget laptops, but they have limitations. [4]

We recommend the DHM4 version of the Chromebook Flip C302CA with a 12.5-inch 1920×1080 IPS touchscreen, an Intel Core m3-6Y30 processor, 4 GB of RAM, and a 64 GB solid-state drive. [4] These benchmarks, combined with our real-world testing, highlight the performance gap separating ARM-powered Chromebooks, those with Intel’s ultra low-voltage mobile processors, and models with laptop-class Intel chips. [4] The model number XE525QBBI lines up closely with Samsung’s other Chromebooks, but it’s definitely something new. [23] We’ve tested 32 Chromebooks since early 2014, not counting different configurations of individual models. [4]

A backlit keyboard is a nice luxury, and most Chromebooks over $400 have them. [4] The Flip’s keyboard backlighting is a nice amenity that some Chromebooks lack. [4] “The growth in the share of Chromebooks in the entry-level — under $300 — has proven to traditional PC OEMs that there is consumer interest and demand for pure consumer-type products in this market,” said Stephen Baker, vice president of industry analysis at NPD. “They’re taking share from Windows in the entry-level, but the entry-level as a business isn’t growing a lot. [21] The vast majority of home users would be perfectly fine forgoing Windows and choosing a Chromebook instead. [18] “A consumer who hasn’t tried one recently may discover that Chromebooks have closed much of the performance gap with MacBooks and Windows notebooks,” Huang said. [21]

It’s the best Chromebook you can buy, and a contender for the best tablet, too. [20] Microsoft has made its office suite available for a range of platforms over the years, but Chromebook support has been notable by its absence. [18] With an HDMI port you can connect your Chromebook to an external monitor and enjoy movies and videos on big screen whenever you want. [3] The Asus C202 isn?t the fastest or prettiest Chromebook out there, but it?s tough. [19] Because the Pixelbook is so thin, it flexes more under pressure than other Chromebooks, and although the glass lid and white palm rest look snazzy, we’re not sure how they’ll hold up to scratches and grubby hands. [4] None of those missing features are essential, though, and this solid, reliable Lenovo is one of the best Chromebooks out there. [4] Why should you buy this: If you need an affordable Chromebook with a large display. [19] Chromebooks closely coordinate with Google’s “cloud” online services, and have almost no capacity to store information. [3] That’s all about to change — the era of the premium Chromebook is here, and consumers should take note. [21] Over the past few weeks, multiple hardware manufacturers have introduced a handful of Chromebooks made of premium materials, and equipped with high-end components. [21] Before criticizing premium Chromebooks for being overkill, it’s important to consider the other benefits they bring to the table. [21]

At around $500, it’s more expensive than we’d like–all good Chromebooks are, right now–but the Flip’s exceptional build quality makes it worth the price. [4] Nearly every major manufacturer offers their own spin on the Chromebook, which means there?s a lot of options available that look similar at a glance. [19] Ultimately, our advice remains the same: If you spend most of your time browsing the web, and prefer Google?s services, get a Chromebook. [21]

Last we counted, it was just the Acer Chromebook Tab 10 and the detachable HP Chromebook X2, which already comes with its own keyboard. (Google’s own Pixel C, discontinued in December 2017, ran Android instead of Chrome OS.) [1] The HP Chromebook x2 has a detachable design, meaning you can remove the keyboard like you would on a Microsoft Surface and use the screen as a standalone tablet. [16] Google redesigned the on-screen keyboard for touch-screen use, making it easier to use on 2-in-1s like the Asus Chromebook Flip. [16] Currently, Android-capable Chromebooks include the Samsung Chromebook Plus, Asus Chromebook Flip, HP Chromebook x2, Dell Chromebook 3189 and Google?s own Pixelbook. [16]

The $449 Asus Chromebook Flip C302CA also has a touch screen, and it’s one of the few to currently support Android apps, though others will gain that support later this year. [16] That means you won’t have trouble choosing a smaller model, such as the 11-inch Acer Chromebook 11 N7, the 12.5-inch Asus Chromebook Flip C302CA and the 13-inch ThinkPad 13 Chromebook. [16]

Once Android support lands on the platform, users will find ways to make use of the SD card reader in notebooks such as the Acer Chromebook 14, where you can expand the storage up to 64GB. [16] The $229 Acer Chromebook 11 N7 C731T (Celeron N3060, 4GB RAM) for example, could run 8 concurrent Chrome tabs, but stuttered after we opened another. [16] Both the HP Chromebook 14 (4GB RAM) and the Lenovo 100S Chromebook (2GB RAM) featured the same Celeron N2840 processors, but the HP notebook handled more than a dozen open tabs without a problem while the Lenovo stuttered with 10 open Chrome tabs and Spotify playing. [16]

I purchased an HP Chromebook because I only use my laptop and iPad for writing on Googledocs. [16] The $280 Acer Chromebook R 11 can bend into a tablet, making use of its IPS touch-screen display. [16] Those looking for more real estate for Web surfing, getting work done, watching movies and playing games can pick up the 14-inch Acer Chromebook 14 for Work, or the 15-inch Acer Chromebook 15, the only Chrome OS notebooks above 13 inches. [16] Both the Acer Chromebook 14 for Work and the ThinkPad 13 Chromebook (another For Work model) are MIL-STD-810G certified, meaning they’re capable of passing durability testing that U.S. Military equipment must pass. [16] The Acer Chromebook 14 For Work can survive extreme temperatures (minus 20.2 degrees to 140 degrees Fahrenheit), humidity, vibration, rain, sand and dust. [16] In our testing, the Acer Chromebook 14 for Work proved durable, surviving unscratched and fully functional after our Dropbot 5000 test bench dropped it from a height of 48 inches onto a plywood plank. [16] If you want a Chromebook without an Intel Chip, there’s always 2014’s Acer Chromebook 13, the only Chrome OS machine with an Nvidia chip (the Tegra K1). [16] The Acer Chromebook 15 is the only 15-inch Chrome OS notebook available. [16] There is a lot of old comments here and assumptions based on older versions of Chrome OS. I bought my Acer Chromebook a month ago, it's as nice – all metal – as my old Macbook Pro and Macbook Air. [16]

The kid-friendly Acer Chromebook 11 N7 C731T survived a full glass of water getting spilled onto its keyboard, as well as the 48-inch high drops from our Dropbot 5000. [16] On the top end, you’ll notice standouts like the Acer Chromebook R 13’s runtime of 11:00, though the average is down from the 9:59 time we previously found. [16]

The biggest downside to these Core M Chromebooks, such as the Asus Chromebook Flip C302CA ($499) and Samsung Chromebook Pro ($549) is their heftier price. [16] The Asus Chromebook Flip C302CA is our overall favorite Chromebook. [16]

Over the last few months, there have been rumors of a new dual-boot system for Chromebooks, said to be dubbed Campfire (aka Alt OS). [2] Not only outselling Macs but also Mac sales peaked in 2015 and Google shared 50% growth for Chromebooks YoY. [15]

Chrome OS/Pixelbook points to the future of laptops more than any other platform. [14] Either way, the Android 2-in-1 Android operating system is completely useless, and the alternative for Windows 10 mobile is ChromeOS. I have great expectations from this operating system, the future will tell if it will be successful. [15] From my experience I would not purchase any Acer products in the future as the warranty is a joke. [16] It's that old adage buy more than you need for the future. [16]

Ahm. a BIG advertisement article for chromebook, and it completely skips over the fact that you NEED a very very very large high speed Internet connection. [16] It outshined the Acer Chromebook Tab 10 on most tests, and it was even on par with the Galaxy Tab S4 in most cases. [13] Rare models ask you go go higher, such as the $549 Samsung Chromebook Pro, a stylus-equipped 12.3-inch notebook with a 2400 x 1600-pixel display, an Intel Core M3 processor and 4GB of RAM. [16] Don’t worry about that powerful CPU affecting the battery life, as the Samsung Chromebook Pro (Core M3) provided more power and longer longevity (8:05) than its weaker Chromebook Plus (ARM MediaTek; 7:46) sibling. [16]

For the most part, there’s a pretty narrow price range for Chromebooks, and it’s on the more affordable end of the spectrum. [16]

Running Chrome OS, the HP Chromebook x2 supports Android apps, features a stylus, and — importantly — has a detachable screen so it can be used as a tablet or a laptop. The 12.3-inch device comes in at a shade under $600, and the hardware specs are impressive. for the price, at least. [18] The Lenovo, Dell and Acer Chromebooks will continue on the path set by devices like the Samsung Chromebook Plus and Pro and the HP Chromebook x2. [21] With devices like the HP Chromebook X2 and Acer Chromebook Tab 10 now around, a feature like this couldn’t have come at a better time. [24]

The Acer Chromebook R 11, Acer Chromebook 11 N7, Asus Chromebook C202SA, Asus Chromebook C300SA, Dell Chromebook 3180 Education, Dell Chromebook 3189 Education 2-in-1, HP Chromebook 11, HP Chromebook 14, Asus Chromebook Flip C100PA, and Samsung Chromebook 3 all have slower processors. [4] The Asus Chromebook Flip C101 is an inexpensive, 10.1-inch convertible Chromebook with a Rockchip RK3399 processor, 4 GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage, and Android app support. [4] Android apps: Google is rolling out Android support for Chromebooks, but it’s slow going; our pick, the Asus Chromebook Flip, didn’t get stable channel support until eight months after its release. [4] The Asus Chromebook Flip C302CA is pricey for a Chromebook, but it has solid performance, a battery that lasts a full workday, a light and compact body, a comfortable backlit keyboard, a responsive trackpad, a bright screen, and Android app support–everything you need in a great Chromebook. [4] Google’s Pixelbook is the best Chromebook ever made, but most people shouldn’t spend twice as much over the Asus Chromebook Flip C302CA. The Pixelbook is an impressively thin and light 12.3-inch convertible with the best keyboard, trackpad, and screen we’ve tested in any Chromebook. [4] The Asus Chromebook Flip C302CA has solid performance, all-day battery life, Android app support, and a comfy backlit keyboard. [4] We tested the Samsung Chromebook Pro but found that it’s not as good as the Asus Chromebook Flip C302CA. Compared with our pick, the Samsung Chromebook Pro costs at least $50 more, lacks a backlit keyboard, has an hour shorter battery life, and offers half the local storage. [4] We recommend the C1WS configuration with an 11-inch 1366×768 IPS touchscreen, an Intel Celeron 3855U processor, 4 GB of RAM, and a 32 GB solid-state drive; you could pay extra for a more powerful processor, more RAM, or more storage, but at those prices, most people should get the Asus Chromebook Flip C302CA instead. [4] If the Asus Chromebook Flip C302CA is unavailable, you should get the Lenovo ThinkPad 13 Chromebook configured with a 13.3-inch, 1920×1080 IPS display, an Intel Celeron 3855U processor, 4 GB of RAM, and a 16 GB solid-state drive. [4]

In our early 2017 tests, the Lenovo ThinkPad 13 Chromebook lasted for roughly 7 hours on a charge. 2 That’s about an hour less than the Asus Chromebook Flip lasted, but still almost long enough to get through a day at work or school. [4]

The Acer Chromebook 11 C771T lacks a 360-degree hinge–it can only fold open to a flat 180 degrees–so you can’t flip the screen around to use the laptop as a tablet. [4] With a size and form factor closer to a 15-inch premium laptop than a budget-oriented netbook, the Acer Chromebook 15 delivers the same screen real estate as much higher-priced competitors. [19]

The Acer Chromebook has a full size chrome OS keyboard and simplified design make this device stylish and easy-to-use. [3] Because of its smaller, lower-resolution screen than the Asus and Lenovo options, the Acer Chromebook 11 C771T has slightly longer battery life, lasting an even 8 hours and 30 minutes in our tests. [4] Hearthstone animations were jittery, and loading screens took around twice as long as the Asus Chromebook Flip C302CA or the Acer Chromebook 11 C771T. For $400, we don’t think most people should buy the Acer Chromebook 15 over our main or budget picks. [4] According to Laptop Mag’s tests, the IPS screen is more color-accurate than the Asus Chromebook Flip’s, but it is dimmer and has a more limited color gamut. [4] The Asus Chromebook Flip now supports Android apps, which means you can make a video call on Skype, edit photos in Lightroom, chat in Facebook Messenger, or play Hearthstone. [4] The 11-inch convertible Asus Chromebook Flip C213SA has an Intel Celeron N3350 processor and 4 GB of RAM. We were optimistic about it as a budget option, but its processor was too slow in our tests. [4] Most Chromebooks in this price range–like the Asus Chromebook Flip C213SA and our former budget pick, the Dell Chromebook 13 3380 for Education–use TN panels, which have poor viewing angles, don’t get very bright, and wash out colors, making them difficult to tell apart. [4] The Asus Chromebook Flip weighs 2.65 pounds and measures 12 by 8.3 by 0.6 inches. [4] The keys lack backlighting, which the Asus Chromebook Flip has. [4] The C771T measures 11.7 inches wide, 8.2 inches deep, and 0.8 inches thick, and it weighs 3 pounds–it’s a bit thicker and heavier than the Asus Chromebook Flip but more compact overall. [4] The Asus Chromebook Flip C302CA comes with a one-year manufacturer’s warranty and the standard Google goodies. [4] If the Asus Chromebook Flip C302CA is unavailable–or if you don’t want to pay extra for the Flip’s amenities–you should get the Lenovo ThinkPad 13 Chromebook. [4] It’s much smaller and lighter than the 3.2-pound Lenovo ThinkPad 13 Chromebook, and it’s even lighter than the 3-pound Acer Chromebook 11 C771T with an 11-inch screen. [4]

Linux support is only available for select Chromebooks, including the Pixelbook, HP Chromebook X2, Samsung Chromebook Plus, and more. [24] The display on the HP Chromebook X2 is the very same 12.3-inch 2400×1600 IPS touch panel that you’ll find on the Pixelbook or Samsung Chromebook Pro. [20]

If you?re looking for an inexpensive 2-in-1 for running Google’s Chrome OS, then you can?t go wrong with the HP Chromebook x2. [19] The HP Chromebook x2 is a perfect example it’s a 12.3-inch tablet that pops magnetically into a keyboard base to act as either a stable clamshell notebook or a standalone slate. [19]

Tablet-specific improvements like swiping to close apps in the overview and the “behavior unification” should come in handy for Chrome OS’ expected tablet future, as well. [25] Since Chrome OS can run Android apps now, some people expect it to replace Android on tablets in the future. [18]

It costs around $600 for an Intel Core m3-6Y30 processor and 4 GB of memory, and it lacks a touchscreen and a 360-degree hinge for future Android-app compatibility–for its price, it should have those features. [4] HTTPS is the future of website security, but for whatever reason, there are still some sites that continue to use the old HTTP standard. [24]

The best cheap Chromebook right now is the Acer Chromebook 11 C771T because it’s powerful enough for everyday work and most Android apps, plus it has a decent (though small) touchscreen, all-day battery life, and solid build quality. [4] The 12.5-inch screen is a bit smaller than we’d like–13.3-inch screens offer more space to work, while the extra vertical space on the Samsung Chromebook Plus and Pro is more useful for Web browsing–but the smaller screen is worth the trade-off for a more compact, lighter laptop. [4] Our early testing of two Samsung Chromebooks that run Android apps bore that out: The Samsung Chromebook Plus, with an ARM processor, ran Android apps well but was slow on regular Web browsing, while a preproduction Chromebook Pro, with an Intel processor, had the opposite problem. [4] The Samsung Chromebook Plus’s OP1 ARM processor is a bit too slow for everyday work. [4]

First spotted by About Chromebooks, a new Samsung Chromebook has just passed through the Wi-Fi Alliance, revealing a couple of details about the upcoming device. [23] Update, September 2018: The HP Chromebook X2 is the first convertable Chromebook and the best you can buy. [20] The HP Chromebook X2 was introduced in 2018 and will be officially supported by HP and Google until at 2024. [20] The HP Chromebook X2 fits the bill here, but is also a powerful laptop for folks who fancy themselves as power users and want to do a little more. [20] The HP Chromebook X2 is the best Chromebook you can buy today. [20] The HP Chromebook X2 is a great all-around package, and right now it’s the best Chromebook available. [20] We think the HP Chromebook X2 is the best overall Chromebook you can buy, but we know it’s not going to fit everyone. [20] His job at Mobile Nations keeps him busy and his HP Chromebook X2 keeps him productive. [20]

Rather than feeling cramped when you have two windows side-by-side on one of the more svelte Chromebook offerings, the Acer Chromebook 15 is just big enough to allow you all the room you need to multitask. [19] The silver Acer Chromebook 15 CB515 is a thinner, lighter redesign of the older Acer Chromebook 15 CB5, and it has an Intel Pentium N4200 processor, 4 GB of RAM, and a 15-inch 1920×1080 IPS touchscreen. [4] Although the Acer Chromebook 14 meets most of our spec requirements–including a 1080p IPS display and 4 GB of RAM–it has a slower processor (Intel Celeron N3150 Braswell) than our picks do. [4] The Acer Chromebook Spin 11 is another inexpensive 11-inch convertible Chromebook with an Intel Celeron N3350 processor, and was equally slow in our testing. [4] The Acer Chromebook R 13 has a 13.3-inch touchscreen and a 360-degree hinge, but we found that the MediaTek processor was too slow to recommend. [4] The Acer Chromebook 14 for Work has a different design than the Chromebook 14, but it’s too expensive and bulky to recommend. [4] The Acer Chromebook R13 looks and feels like a product that should cost a lot more. [20] The Acer Chromebooks boot in about 10 seconds, the applications run very smoothly and websites load quickly. [3]

For Chromebooks with Android app support, we played at least one match of Hearthstone to get a feel for loading times and juddery animations. [4] Engadget calls it “probably the best Chromebook for most people,” and cites Android app compatibility as a big improvement for the Flip specifically and for Chromebooks in general. [4]

Chrome OS isn?t the most robust operating system around, but it gets the job done for Chromebooks by providing the essentials such as web browsing, word processing, and browsing basic file types. [19] The long-awaited Linux support for Chromebooks has just hit the Stable channel. [25] After testing most of the Chromebooks released in the past three years, we’ve found that the Asus Chromebook Flip C302CA is the best Chromebook for most people. [4] The Asus Chromebook C202 is one of the most inexpensive and durable notebooks on the market today. [19]

The HP Chromebook 13 is a sleek, light, and stylin’ Chromebook with a brushed-aluminum chassis and a great keyboard and trackpad. [4] Like most ThinkPad keyboards, the ThinkPad 13 Chromebook’s is quite good, with slightly cupped, springy keys. [4] The ThinkPad 13 Chromebook’s keyboard is good, as you might expect from a ThinkPad, but it isn’t backlit. [4]

Touchscreen and 360-degree hinge: Touchscreens and 360-degree hinges are nice bonuses, especially for Chromebooks running Android apps. [4] The Samsung Chromebook Plus V2 has a 360-degree hinge, a touchscreen, and a stylus, plus a good trackpad, a USB-A port, and battery life roughly on a par with that of our main pick. [4]

Chromebooks May Soon Receive More File-Sharing Options Chromebooks and other Chrome OS devices will soon be able to make use of Server Message Block (SMB) network file sharing protocol natively, based on a new Chromium Gerrit commit shared to Google Plus share by Googler Franis Beaufort. [8] Pixelbook Nocturne Display May Be Automated, Outshine Rivals Newly sighted commits in the Chromium Gerrit repository suggest that the Chrome OS device known as ‘Nocturne’ — that’s believed to be one of the upcoming Pixelbook 2 models — will get a noticeably brighter screen than previous Chromebooks and will have automatic brightness enabled for more than just its screen. [8] It was superior across the board to all the other Chromebooks and could easily rival with the premium Windows laptops and MacBooks of its era in terms of build, screen quality, typing experience, etc. But it was still a ChromeOS device with limited capabilities and a hefty price tag. [6] Chromebooks are not for everyone though, as they are crippled without an active Internet connection, can’t run specialized software that works on Windows or MacOS powered laptops, can’t run modern games, and the inexpensive options are not that great at multitasking either. [6] That way, a developer can run Linux apps and tools within a terminal window, with the goal of helping app makers code Android software on a Chromebook, as noted by 9to5Google. [26] Linux Apps On Chrome OS To Require Kernel Version Above 3.14 Chromebooks built on Linux 3.14 kernel or older will most likely not be receiving support for Linux applications, based on a new commit spotted in the Chromium Gerrit. [8] Much has changed in the meantime though, and quick forward to late 2018/early 2019, Chromebooks are more capable now, with a more polished OS and improved support for pens and Android/Linux apps. [6] Chromebooks are Internet dependent, as Chrome OS and most of the apps are cloud based, thus need an active Internet connection to access the data on the servers. [6] Chrome OS deserves to be taken more seriously Since the very beginning of Chrome OS? existence in the public sphere in 2011, manufacturers and consumers alike have pinned down Chromebooks as perfect devices for those who only need to access the web. [8] In short: A recently submitted commit to the Chromium Gerrit has now effectively confirmed that the Chrome OS device code-named Nocturne will be a dedicated tablet rather than a detachable Chromebook. [8] Lenovo Debuts First-Ever Yoga 2-In-1 Chromebook – IFA 2018 Lenovo took advantage of this year’s IFA 2018 consumer electronics show to launch its first-ever Yoga-branded Chrome OS device, the Yoga C630 Chromebook. [8] Lenovo Debuts Budget-Friendly S330 Chromebook Revealed – IFA. Lenovo has now officially launched a new budget Chrome OS device, marketed as the Lenovo S330 Chromebook, in conjunction with this year’s IFA 2018 technology event. [8]

Chrome 68 Crashing Wi-Fi On Some Chromebooks: Report Chrome OS version 68 recently began rolling out to the majority of modern Chromebooks but a new bug report has now surfaced indicating that some of those devices are now suffering from Wi-Fi disconnections. [8] Android Messages Pairing With Chrome OS Will Be PWA-Powered Integration between Google’s Chrome OS and Android’s default messaging platform Android Messages will be driven by a progressive web application (PWA) on the Chromebook side of the equation. [8] Chromebooks run Chrome OS, a simple operating system built around Google’s Chrome browser. [6]

Google To Stick With “Genius? Marketing For Pixelbook 2 In short: Google won’t be radically revamping its Pixelbook marketing strategy for its second-generation Chromebook, with the company’s recent activities in the intellectual property segment suggesting it’s looking to stick with some of the slogans and phrases it used for advertising its flagship Chrome OS convertible from last year. [8] It’s likely easier and quicker for Google to bring the feature to other Chromebooks before it does the same to Chrome tablets. [7] A new feature that shows or hides the top-chrome UIs with page scrolls is coming to Chrome tablets and 2-in-1 Chromebooks in tablet mode. [27]

The Dell Inspiron 14 Chromebook is a 14-inch convertible with a FHD touchscreen and EMR pen support, Core U hardware, eMMC storage and a 56 Wh battery, as well as a backlit keyboard and pretty good IO. It’s scheduled for $599 and up in Q4 2018. [6] The 4K Atlas Chromebook will have speedy NVMe support for its local storage, just like the current high-end Pixelbook. [5] You should factor in the fact that this Chromebook is built on a Core m3 processor with 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB/64 of storage, and that’s normally plenty for a regular Chromebook, but in this case the hardware has to push a lot of pixels and it will struggle with serious multitasking and demanding Android apps, while the Pixelbook with the faster CPU, storage and 8 GB of RAM handles such loads much smoother. [6] Of course, the “Assistant” key is for Google Assistant, which is supported on the Pixelbook and has been in the works for non-Google Chromebooks since earlier this year. [9] It does, however, mean that if and when Windows 10 support is officially announced for certain Chromebooks (this is still more-or-less a secret project), the Google Pixel Slate is likely among them. [7] It depends on which kernel your Chromebook is currently running, but at the current time, the list of devices that will receive Linux support is quite a bit shorter than the devices that won’t get the feature. [28] There are still many Chromebooks selling for around $200 these days, however, only some are actually worth considering at this point, and you should keep in mind that at this level you’ll only get small 11-inch devices with HD screens, plastic builds, non-backlit keyboards and basic hardware configurations. [6] None get backlit keyboards though, which you’ll find on the Dell Chromebook 13, alongside slightly faster hardware and a 56 Wh battery, but paired with a TN HD screen and bulky construction, so not that good of a trade-off. [6]

Code commits for the 4K Atlas Chromebook indicate the need to enable Chrome OS recovery mode without a keyboard. [5] Many good options start at under $300 these days and for that kind of money you’ll get a fully functional computer able to handle the activities mentioned above, which makes Chromebooks excellent for students and anyone else who needs a simple and affordable computer for basic use. [6] A lot of people spend the majority of their time online, and for them a Chromebook is a compelling and inexpensive option, as a smoother, safer and simpler alternative to the existing Windows laptops in the $200 to $500 range. [6] Convertible Chromebooks are another sub-section some of you might want to consider, laptops with a 2-in-1 form-factor and a 360-degrees convertible touchscreen, as well as pen support. [6] At the end of the day, Chromebooks make for great travel companions, inexpensive laptops for school and even everyday notebooks for those of you who stick to Internet-based activities like browsing, emailing, multimedia and so on. [6] They’re still Chromebooks and cater to specific needs just like the other devices mentioned in the previous sections, just in a smoother way and in nicer packages, thus some of you might find just what you need in these and won’t mind paying $600 to $1000 to get them. [6] The Acer Spin 13 Chromebook is a very similar device, just slightly more compact and lighter, at 3.5 lbs. [6] Several years ago Google launched the Pixel, a premium and expensive device in a sea of affordable Chromebooks. [6] This not only represents both the first such device to appear bearing the company’s premium ‘Yoga’ branding but also its first premium-grade Chromebook. [8] All in all the Pixelbook is a better product, but for the average user looking for a good Chromebook with premium traits and design, the Samsung Pro is probably the better value option. [6] This Chromebook however wins in the battery department, as it gets a 48 Wh battery, 20% larger than the ones in the Pixelbook and Samsung Pro, but the design and big battery also make it heavier than the competition, at nearly 3.1 lbs. [6] Samsung “Hopper” Chromebook Appears In New FCC Listing In short: Samsung appears to have an LTE-enabled Chromebook in the works and nearing release, according to recently published FCC documents. [8]

Brydge High-End Detachable Keyboards May Come To Chromebooks High-end accessory and detachable keyboard manufacturer Brydge appears to be working on a series of keyboards for use with certain Chromebooks, based on a recently spotted code commit in the Chromium Gerrit. [8] Chromebooks are snappy, easy to use and inexpensive computers designed for Internet based activities like browsing, email, music/video streaming and so on. [6]

It would be a good buy at a little over $400, especially for those who value looks and pen-support, but at the list price of $500 there’s simply better value in the Asus Flip or in some of the higher-tier Chromebooks we’ll cover next. [6] ASUS Quietly Confirms Chromebook C223 With Online Listing ASUS has now officially revealed the existence of its Chromebook C223 via a new page for the device uploaded to its website without fanfare bearing a ‘Chromebook 12’ designation. [8] Google’s hardware partners won’t be killing off low- to mid-range devices though: That would be completely counter to the education market, for example, that Chromebooks have made huge gains in. [7] Google Takes Aim At The Competition With New Chromebook Ad Google’s Chromebook division has a brand new advertisement that is very obviously aimed at Apple and Microsoft’s operating systems. [8] Chromebook Pixel Stops Receiving Updates From Google The original Google Chromebook Pixel from 2013 has reportedly now reached its the end of its ‘lifecycle’ and will no longer be receiving any automatic updates. [8]

Best Of IFA 2018: Lenovo C330, S330 & Yoga Chromebooks Lenovo finally brought a decent premium Chromebook to its lineup at a relatively low price with the Yoga Chromebook C630. [8] Last, but definitely not least, those of you interested in a full-size premium Chromebook should have a look at the Lenovo Yoga Chromebook. [6]

I look at this more of an expansion of device hardware and capabilities across a wide range of price points rather than the range of Chromebook costs all going up. [7] I’m constantly updating this list of the best Chromebooks available out there, adding new devices as they pop in stores and retiring the obsolete variants, so make sure to bookmark this and check it out from time to time for changes. [6] If you were burned by netbooks or are looking for an excellent second computing device, I’d recommend giving Chromebooks a chance – you may be just as pleasantly surprised as I was. [10]

The Chromebook 14 for Work’s Full HD screen, USB-C and backlit keyboard will excite business users – until they realize it’s a. [10] You will however get backlit keyboards in the premium-tier Chromebooks we’ll address in the next section of this article. [6]

There are also some powerful options with advanced hardware and features, and as long as you understand what Chromebooks are meant for and their limitations, one of them could be the right laptop for you. [6] Dell Quietly Launches Two New Chromebook 11 Models A total of three purchase options are now available for two separate takes on an 11.6-inch Chromebook recently launched without fanfare by Dell. [8] The Yoga Chromebook is scheduled for Q4 2018, with the base model starting at $599, but don’t forget that even if this is compact and light for a 15-inch convertible, with small bezels and a total weight of 4.2 lbs, it’s still nowhere near as portable as some of the other options out there. [6]

A Core i5 model with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage MSRPs at $999, and even if these days you can get it for much less online, that’s still a hefty price for a Chromebook. [6] If you want the look of an upscale ultrabook for the price of a Chromebook, this model is tops. [10] Pen support is still rather quirky on Chromebooks and a pen is not even included with this unit, the speakers aren’t great, there are some huge bezels around the display (wait for the updated late-2018 model) and last, but definitely not least, this is very expensive. [6] We say “may,” because Linux support won’t be available for all Chromebooks, unfortunately. [28] This does mean that there will be more high-end Chromebooks to have hardware that supports the extra features. [7] Annoyed by hearing yourself echo on a voice or video chat with a Chromebook? That may be a non-issue going forward thanks to AEC support for Atlas and Nocturne. [5] Dubbed the Inspiron Chromebook 11 and Inspiron Chromebook 11 2-in-1, the new additions to the company’s Chrome OS offerings are nearly identical with just a few big differences. [8] Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Google?s big Chrome overhaul that arrived on desktop and mobile earlier this month is coming to Chromebooks today with the release of Chrome OS version 69. [26] Top 10 Best Chromebooks – September 2018 September has been relatively quiet on the Chrome OS hardware front. [8]

You can use Chromebooks offline, but with limited functionality. [6] Chromebooks aren’t for everybody, but nearly anybody can get use out of a Chromebook. [10]

Any possibility of updating the HP section? The G4 model of the Chromebook 11 is very different to what was released back then. thanks. [6] Three New AMD Chromebook Models Sighted Online Nearly two years since the arrival of the first AMD-based Chromebook to the Chromium Gerrit, three new variants of the ‘Grunt’ mainboard have now appeared in the commits centered around the company’s chipsets. [8] Acer’s Chromebook 14 has a few things to brag about: Its brushed-aluminum chassis and high-resolution display make it stand out among other affordable models, even if other features remain pretty basic. [10]

Google is expected to unveil two next-generation Pixelbook-series Chromebooks at its October 9 hardware event but some newly spotted and prematurely aired ads may have already given away the design of one of those. [8] “It feels like a grown-up computer in the way that other Chromebooks simply. [10] Goodbye Alt-OS and hello Dual Boot: That’s the new name for Project Campfire to run different operating systems on a Chromebook. [27] The 4K detachable screen of the unannounced Atlas Chromebook might wow your eyes but the 1080p-capabled IMX208 camera sensor should wow folks you video chat with. [5] The former is a convertible and for the average user, a better value Chromebook than the Pixelbook, due to the fact that it’s much cheaper: it sells for around $550, and an ergonomic passive pen is included. [6] For two key reasons, I think the Atlas 4K Chromebook will launch as the Pixelbook 2 (or Pixelbook 2018 if you prefer) tipped to launch before the end of this year. [5] While these are still unconfirmed entities, speculation has pointed to the likelihood of a new Pixelbook the company?s own Chromebook solution. [8]

Lenovo brought a trio of new Chromebooks to Berlin for IFA 2018. [8] Dell Launches Premium Inspiron Chromebook 14 – IFA 2018 Dell has taken to IFA 2018 to unveil the Inspiron Chromebook 14 2-in-1, which breaks with recent tradition and ignores the budget segment to aim directly at the competition at the upper end of the market. [8] Long story short, Chromebooks have come a long way and these days the offer is diversified enough to cater to most needs. [6] Share this post around if you found it useful and check out the comments section below, it’s open for your suggestions and questions, and I’m around to reply and help you find the best Chromebook for your needs. [6] The nature of the change appears to suggest that it could be pushed to the wider Chromebook community without the need for firmware updates. [8] The table below includes all the recently launched Chromebooks available at the time of this update, listed in alphabetical order. [6] The 11.6-inch Chromebook 12 had been leaked back in June but not many specifications were given at that time. [8]

The Chromebook C302 ( reviewed here ) has been around for a while and I’d reckon it will be updated early into 2019, but is still a viable option, despite its age. [6] It also offers excellent options for the budget-minded in the new S330 and C330 Chromebooks. [8]

If you’re familiar with that one, you’ll quickly get along with a Chromebook as well. [6] You’ll find great value in devices like the Acer Chromebook 14, the HP Chromebook 14, the Lenovo Chromebook S330 or the Poin2 Chromebook 14, all of them affordable clamshell laptops with 14-inch matte displays and optional touch for some of the higher-end configurations. [6] Could many other high-end Chrome devices though, such as the Lenovo Chromebook Yoga 14, Acer Chromebook and Chromebook Spin 13 or the Dell Inspiron 14, which could be the other “certain Chromebooks” mentioned. [7]

ARCore Support Coming To Acer Chromebook Tab 10, Pixel 3 Google’s mobile augmented reality solution ARCore will soon be extending its support to the Acer Chromebook Tab 10, Pixel 3, and a number of other devices, as indicated by a teardown of the 1.4 build of the app performed by XDA Developers. [8] Chrome OS? Windows Support May Be Exclusive To Pixelbook Chromium Gerrit commits indicating that a Windows dual-boot functionality could be on its way for Chromebooks may only have been pointing to Google’s own Pixelbook. [8]

Connecting dots between Chrome OS code changes, recent FCC tests and Google’s October 9 event suggests that Nocturne may be a revision of the HP Chromebook X2 with LTE and possibly a secondary thin keyboard attachment. [5] Nocture will work with Chrome OS keyboards, but so does the HP Chromebook X2 with one keyboard, that is for example, yet it has the power and volume button commands. [7]

The HP Chromebook X2 is a detachable, a stand-alone Chromebook tablet with a keyboard-dock, so it’s a better tablet than most other Chromebook 2-in-1s, but at the same time a worse laptop, due to the wobbliness in the hinge and the top-heavy design. [6] Hardware aside, most of the options in this section are clamshell laptops with matte screens and TN panels, but some actually include nicer IPS panels, and you might even find a discounted convertible with a touchscreen from time to time, like the Acer Chromebook R11. [6] The more affordable versions gets 11-inch IPS HD screens, like the Asus Chromebook Flip C213 or the Lenovo Chromebook C330 and 500e, but they’re still plastic notebooks with fairly chunky builds and limited performance, as you’re paying extra for the touch display. [6] There is better value in devices like the Asus Chromebook Flip C302 or the Samsung Chromebook Plus, which are available for around $450-$500. [6] As for the actual products in this section, I’d keep an eye on the Samsung Chromebook 3, the Acer Chromebook 11 or the ruggedized Asus Chromebook C202. [6]

All in all, this is a compelling option with a fair price of around $550 to $600, but as mentioned above, it’s primarily a recommendation for those of you who plan to use it often as a tablet and greatly value battery life, otherwise the Samsung Chromebook Pro is the more ergonomic option at the same pricepoint. [6] In my opinion Everything else is perfect on the HP Chromebook 11 and for what I use it for I can live with deficiencies of that model of Chromebook but I do wish it had the power and battery life of the Dell 11 or the Acer C720. [6] In the market for a Chromebook but not sure to get the Pixelbook or wait for the HP Chromebook X2 or another detachable? The answer may depend on how much value you place on a true tablet. [5] You’ll get similar screens in the Samsung Chromebook Pro and the HP Chromebook X2. [6]

In short: Google has now confirmed the arrival of ARCore support for the Acer Chromebook Tab 10. [8] The Acer Chromebook 14 stands out for its stylish design and big screen at an affordable price. [10] It’s not particularly compact and connectivity is weak, yet the Acer Chromebook 14 delivers strong battery life, sharp visuals and impressive usability for a respectably low price. [10] Given its price, it’s hard to go wrong with the Acer Chromebook 14. [10] Acer Unveils 14-Inch Chromebook 514 For $349.99 / 349 – IFA. Prolific Chromebook manufacturer, Acer, has taken to IFA Belin 2018 to launch the Acer Chromebook 514, set to sell in the EMEA and North American markets with premium features at mid-range pricing. [8] In the Acer Chromebook 14 for Work slumbers the hardware of a notebook. [10] Amazon Resellers Now Finally Offering Acer Chromebook Tab 10 Acer’s Chromebook Tab 10 has finally been picked up by a number of Amazon resellers and can now be purchased in the United States via conventional channels. [8]

Six months after the base HP Chromebook X2 launched, the U.S. is still waiting for more powerful configurations. [27] I personally own a HP Chromebook 11 (I had a Samsung Series 3 Chromebook which I gave to my girlfriend) and would agree with his comments about the HP Chromebook 11. [6] There are sacrifices to be made with the HP Chromebook 11 and they are performance and battery life (when compared to other available Chromebooks) and this would be a deal-breaker for a lot of people looking for a Chromebook (and they are very good reasons to be a deal-breaker). [6]

It’s not likely to happen in the near future: All of the Project Campfire efforts are targeted at the Pixelbook for now. [27]

It?s based on Google?s open source Chromium OS and shares the same architecture as Google Chrome OS. Booting from the USB drive, I was able to transform a 2006 Dell Inspiron laptop into a very usable computer and, without touching the factory-installed Windows 10 OS, my Lenovo X1 Carbon enjoyed being a sporty Chromebook for a long weekend. [29] If you’ve ever wanted Google to let you run Windows 10 alongside Chrome OS on your Chromebook, then you’re probably aware of all the rumors that say such a plan is already underway. [30] Running both Windows 10 and Chrome OS on the same device certainly sounds interesting, especially for high-end Chromebooks. [30] There?s plenty of choice on the market if you?re looking for a new Chromebook, Chromebox or Chromebase, but if you want to explore the business value of these devices, CloudReady Enterprise Edition is well worth evaluating, especially if you?re looking at large PC refresh program ( Windows 7 support will end January 14, 2020 ) or have specialised needs, such as ruggedized PCs or equipment certified for use in hazardous areas. [29] What’s important to note is that not all existing Chromebooks will get Windows 10 support once the Pixel Slate does, only the more expensive models. [30] This is a huge feature and will go a long way towards making Chromebooks a viable Windows PC competitor. [11]

Port 8029 is needed by the Chromebook client App and should not be used by any other software. [31] Discussions relating to Chromebooks and everything Chrome OS. [32] “Sona? doesn?t even have an overlay file to speak of which is a telling sign that it may simply be a reference device or perhaps a Chromebook project that was scrapped in favor of something else. [33] Not to mention the fact that each OEM that makes Chromebooks brings their own unique identity to their devices. [33]

Chromebooks, on the other hand, are optimised for efficient use of the web and cloud services. [29] The Chromebook feels too large & heavy to be a comfortable tablet. [34] The Umbrella Chromebook client will support blockpage bypass, custom block pages, rrs-orgid and rrs-originid blocks in upcoming releases. [31] There are many ways to deliver the modern digital workspace, and Chromebooks present enterprises with yet another option. [29] If I offered you a magic wand to convert some of your legacy PC/Mac purchases into something more akin to a Chromebook, would you want to give it a wave? Well, you can do just that if you?ve got a USB memory stick and a few minutes to spare. [29] The Acer Chromebook 13 and Spin 13 use this baseboard as does “Vayne? which I have been tipped to be the Dell Chromebook Inspiron 14 announced last month at IFA. [33] My Acer Chromebook 11 does not charge, and acts like it has no battery. [35]

Official figures for Chromebook shipments are hard to find, but StatCounter has Chrome OS at 0.5% of desktop operating system market share worldwide. [29]

It’s unclear at this time whether Google ironed out the issues and whether the Pixel Slate will launch with dual-booting capabilities next week, or whether Windows 10 support will be rolled out in the future. [30] I would like to be notified by email of future case studies, white papers, webinars and other educational content. [36]

Samsung Chromebooks offer schools a way to embrace 1:1 digital learning, even with a limited budget, and are an integral part of curated education solutions from leading providers in the field. [36]

With its 2.4 GHz Intel® Celeron® dual-core processor, the 100e Chromebook seamlessly runs the Chrome OS™ operating system and apps from the Chrome Web Store and the Google Play™ Store. [37] I especially like that the Chromebook seamlessly interacts with my Google account and Android phone so I can use any of my devices to easily access the documents I create. [38] Teachers can use Google Classroom on the 100e Chromebook to save time, keep classes organized, and improve communication with students. [37] Mayor Marc McGovern cited an August email from the district alerting families of the policy, which the district said would have referred to its emailed Did You Know Newsletter; that newsletter was sent Aug. 29, linking to a June 5 memo that listed Chromebook pickup times for all grades, but did not say students wouldn?t be able to use their own laptops in class. [39] Again, there’s an app called crossover that should allow you to use the time tracking app on Chromebook. [12] The Chromebook allows student access to PowerSchool, Moodle, Google Apps for Education, educational web-based tools, as well as many other useful sites. [40] Joining Dell?s line of premium Inspiron notebooks is the new Inspiron Chromebook 14 2-in-1, the first premium Chrome OS device from Dell. [41] The Chromebook operates using the Chrome OS, which is quite similar to Windows, but I’ve found it is less glitchy than my Windows devices. [38] Support for Linux software, one of the biggest things to happen for Chrome OS next to Android app support, is coming soon but it won?t be coming to all Chromebooks, mostly those launched in 2015. [41] The new Yoga Chromebook is the PC-maker’s first premium Chrome OS machine, with a sleek all-aluminum chassis and a near-edgeless touchscreen. [41] Since introducing the first store & charge cart twenty years ago, Bretford has helped countless institutions and corporations successfully deploy millions of laptop, Chromebook, MacBook and iOS devices using our store & charge solutions. [42] CUBE? Cart Available in a variety of fun, unique colors, the CUBE? Cart from Bretford is our simplest, most affordable, no-frills store and charge solution for your Chromebook, laptop and tablet devices. [42]

You can download and install the Pulse Secure client from the Chrome Webstore to use the Pitt VPN service on a Chromebook. [43] When an entire class is going to use their Chromebooks in another room (such as cart) our small charging carts are portable and can be rolled to music, art, computer class etc. High School students must always carry their Chromebooks in the provided protective (zipped shut) carry cases. [44] All currently enrolled High School students who will also be enrolled for the following school year will be able to use their Chromebooks over the summer. [44] The Chromebooks are configured to only allow access to students using their accounts, as it is a violation of school policy to have any other person use a student’s log-n credentials, the Chromebooks may not be shared. [44] The School District of Rhinelander is supplying students with a Chromebook device. [40] Grades K,1 and 2 will each be assigned a Chromebook cart of 30 devices for their grade level (at each school) to share as they need to. [44] Whether you need to connect to the internet or a peripheral device, the 100e Chromebook will make it happen. [37]

Chromebooks may have colonized the entry-level of the notebook market, but Google’s Pixelbook showed there was space for premium models, and Lenovo is looking to join the party. [41] Brydge, who makes Bluetooth keyboards for iPads, has just “accidentally” put up images of its upcoming keyboard for the upcoming new Google Pixelbook Chromebook. [41] While the Chromebooks only have 16GB hard drives, each student is afforded 2TB of online cloud storage: 1TB in Google Drive and 1TB in Microsoft One Drive. [44] The Chromebooks, which can function only when online, rely on a specific set of Google software programs, store all files in Google?s cloud servers and block access to certain websites (including the commonly used video site YouTube), began their introduction to first-year students two years ago; late this summer juniors and seniors were told the “1:1” Cambridge Connect program would apply also to them. [39]

If you’re a student, want something inexpensive to occupy your kids, or mainly work on a desktop computer and want a secondary option, the Chromebook is a cost-effective solution. [38] Our student G-Suite accounts are equipped with filtering and monitoring software that works on Chromebooks even off of the North Haven network. [44] Chromebooks do not work with a hard-wired internet connect (there is no jack in the laptop to plug a cord into) but do work over 4G access points, such as those provided by cell phones and cell phone providers. [44] Though my family is forbidden from commandeering this laptop for media streaming purposes in order to avoid the fate of the Chromebook 15, I have been known to use it to catch up on my shows. [38] These Chromebooks will not go home, they are for use in school, though they may be used in any class or any area of the school. [44] A limited number of charging stations may also be available in the library media center for students to use during study hall in the event that they have not charged their Chromebook overnight. [44] Elementary students should carry their Chromebooks from the cart (lid closed) to their desks using a 3-point hold (one hand on either side with the laptop against the torso). [44] All elementary school Chromebooks will stay at school and charge overnight in laptop charging carts. [44]

It won?t even come to Google?s first high-end device, the Chromebook Pixel. [41] Once largely panned for being glorified browsers in netbook clothing, Chromebooks are becoming one of the most interesting devices in the computing market today. [41] No other item may be placed in the Chromebook storage area of the bag, however, an outside pouch is available to transport pens, pencils, small notebooks etc. The cases, like the Chromebooks, may not be vandalized with markers, writing, or other permanent changes. [44] The policy has a $0 deductible and unlimited claims, so if your student breaks their Chromebook screen and then later in the year loses the Chromebook, you incur no additional cost. [44] The 100e Chromebook also has two USB 3.0 ports, 2 x 2 AC WiFi, Bluetooth® 4.1, and a Micro SD card reader, so it can connect to just about anything a student needs. [37] At the elementary schools, each student will have a Chromebook with their name on it in a cart in their classroom. [44] At the High School, all students will be assigned a Chromebook with their name on it and a heavy-duty carry case to bring it between classes. [44] High School students are expected to bring their charged Chromebook to school every day. [44] Students should not have the expectation that they will charge their Chromebooks at school. [44] With up to 10 hours of battery life, the 100e Chromebook lasts an entire school day and more. [37]

The Pulse Secure client enables you to use the service in Network Connect mode on a Chromebook. [43] Then there’s the Google Pixel Slate, the Chromebook believed to be internally called “Nocturne”. [41] There are still some new Chromebooks on the way, including the first one powered by Qualcomm?s latest processor and may come with a large, square-ish detachable design. [41] Many “plug and play” ethernet adaptors will work with a Chromebook if you only have a hard-wired internet connection at home. [44] At their most charming, Chromebooks are light, affordable, and long-lasting, and that’s just what Lenovo is offering with the new C330 Chromebook and S330 Chromebook. [41] Today we’re taking a peek at a collection of new Chromebook Pixel and/or Pixelbook leaks with different sized displays. [41] If your student forgets their Chromebook at home or forgets to charge their Chromebook overnight, a limited number of loaner Chromebooks will be available in the library media center. [44] Students will be assigned a loaner Chromebook for the duration of their repair. [44] Chromebooks and carry cases are assigned to students but remain the property of the district. [44] Chromebooks assigned out to students should be used only by those students only and not other household members. [44]

The surprise decision to push Chromebooks to all grades at the high school this year, accelerating a widely described grade-by-grade rollout, returns to the School Committee at its Tuesday meeting, when officials might strike a more conciliatory tone than was heard Sept. 4. [39] The gradual transition to a 1:1 school utilizing Chromebooks was discussed at many School Committee meetings, and extensive professional development was provided to teachers over the course of several years, to prepare for the change. [39] The North Haven Public School District is excited to be launching our 1:1 Chromebook program for the 2018-2019 school year. [44] Cambridge Public Schools isn’t the only district devoted to the online-only Chromebook. [39] All classrooms and common areas where a Chromebook might be used in the schools are equipped with Wifi. [44] One of the most impressive features of the Chromebook 11 is its battery life. [38]

Overall, if you’re looking for an easy-to-use, compact laptop that can stream media, help you get some writing done while on the go, and is compatible with your Android devices and Google account, you can’t go wrong with the Acer Chromebook. [38] Acer has a new Chrome OS laptop to play with, and if you’ve been eyeing the Pixelbook but quailing at the price, the Acer Chromebook 514 might fit the bill. [41] Though the Acer Chromebook lacks many of the whistles and bells of today’s fancier laptops, it gets the job done at a price that can’t be beat ( currently $209.99 on Amazon ). [38]

We bought the Acer Chromebook 15 about three years ago so I could work as we traveled the country. [38] For those of you into numbers and specs, I should tell you that the Acer Chromebook 11 features the Intel Celeron N2840 Dual-Core Processor. [38] The Acer Chromebook 11 doesn’t compare to the computing power of MacBooks or the Dell XPS, but it can run several programs at once allowing you to churn out content while streaming music or video. [38] When you first unbox the Acer Chromebook, you are struck by the attractive, high-end look of it. [38]

Only the student or a legal guardian of the student may pick up the device, we will announce several dates for Chromebook pick-up sessions in August. [44]

Teaching our students how to use technology as a tool for their education and integrate it naturally into the events of the day will not only provide a more interactive and engaging learning environment but also better prepare them for their futures. 1:1 device ratios allow for technology to be used in classroom instruction in a more real-world way. [44] We want students to be comfortable and familiar with using technology in order to succeed both in school as well as in the future. [44]

I can’t believe there is still no option for chromebook users. [12]

Students who use Chromebooks, PCs, Macs, iPads, or any other device can now create books with this versatile, easy-to-use app. This fantastic addition to your class lets students create audience-facing works for authentic assessment that can also be keepsakes from their year in your classroom. [45] At the secondary level we are integrating personal learning devices through a 1:1 program where each student is assigned a Chromebook (like a textbook) to keep with them for use at school and home during the academic year. [46] All students in grades 3 through 5 are each assigned their own Chromebook, charging unit and case to be used when switching classes, however the Device is left on a cart in their homeroom overnight and when not in use. [47]

If you don’t need the stylus or premium screen, Asus’s Chromebook Flip C302CA costs $50 less, has a much better keyboard and offers more internal storage; it does not come with Google Play preloaded, but you can easily get it. [48] Google Apps and Chromebooks App Recommendations and Substitutions Here is a list of Google Apps and Web Apps to use. [45] You just download it on Google Play or iTunes and use it with your touch Chromebook or iPad after listening to Tom Mullaney share how it works. [45] All grade 6-12 students will be issued a Google Chromebook as a take-home device. [46] Each student who is issued his/her own dedicated Chromebook is responsible for maintaining a 100% working device at all times, and is responsible for full payment of the device to St. Barnabas if it is damaged, lost, or stolen. [47] Our students in grades 6 through 8 are each assigned their own Chromebook, charging unit and case and are also responsible for transporting the device to/from school daily and to all classes. [47] Students will have the same Chromebook for their entire career at Richfield Middle School, and then be issued a new device at Richfield High School for their career there. [46] Students throughout the school are excited about the opportunity to use the Chromebooks. [49] It has learning resources right in the program When students use Front Row, they don?t need anything except the iPad or the Chromebook on their desk. [45] Each student will be (if not already), given the chance to “Check-out” a Chromebook and use it every day as their own throughout the year. [49]

This release also includes Linux app support on select Chromebooks and other new features. [50] It also outperforms most other Chromebooks with its impressive processor, giving it the power to support another rarity for a Chromebook, a super-fast USB 3.0 port. [51]

The Lenovo ThinkPad 11e Chromebook ? Series was designed to deliver Chrome OS innovation backed by rugged Lenovo reliability. [45] I?d say it?s definitely a strong showcase for Chrome OS and one of the best Chromebooks ever made, if you can justify the high price tag compared to the competition. [48]

Do you need to take a screenshot on your Chromebook? Well, put away your camera and check out our YouTube video and tutorial below for details on how to capture an image of what’s on your Chromebook screen. [52] Students in Pre-K through 2nd grade who only have access to the shared Chromebook cart do not need to purchase insurance. [47] You can have students watch the video module on their iPads, Chromebooks, or other devices, or you can project it on your board and go through it as a class. [45] Chromebook sales have surged in the U.S. 6 reasons Chromebooks are the device of the moment. [45]

These were the pressing questions of the time – a time 8-months after the release of the first iPad and 6-months before the release of the first Chromebook. [45] I was so excited for this Chromebook, as it was my first one. [51] My mom got this beautiful Chromebook for me this last weekend, I love the way it is easy to type and I love that I can surf the web and play games on it and also I like that I can go on YouTube and watch all my favorite videos too. [51] Student access to Chromebooks has increased dramatically in schools nationwide over the past two years. [45] For instance, there’s been a 52% growth in Chromebook usage for students in grades 6-8 and a 100% increase at high schools since 2015. [45] Our 1200+ students would begin the 2016-2017 school year armed with a fleet of shiny new Chromebooks. [45] Photo by Emma Austin Renton students Aaron Jenkins, left, and Isaiah Little, right, show off their Chromebooks. [49] Students in grades Pre-K through 2 share Chromebooks and charging units provided in the classroom on Chromebook carts. [47] Students will not be assessed a Chromebook User Fee anymore. [46] Chromebooks will be available in week 2 of the academic year-after students complete digital citizenship and digital fluency training. [46]

The Chromebook R 11 sports a premium aluminum top panel that is made even more attractive with a unique engraving-like pattern. [51] Google”s Chromebooks have some great features: Near-instant start-up time. [45] Chromebooks will be collected at the end of each school year and returned at the start of each school year. [46] That?s actually got some real evidence there to drive your assessment and drive what they?ve been able to achieve in your classroom. 5 Idea Friday All Grades Chromebooks Elementary Grades 1-5 (Ages 6-10) Game Based Learning High School Grades 9-12 (Ages 13-18) How to Guides. [45]

She was already use to this operating system since they use the Acer Chromebook laptop in school so she knew pretty much how to set things up. [51]

Our Editors’ Choice chromebook, the Asus Chromebook Flip, another 2-in-1, outshines the Chromebook Plus on battery life, local storage space, and overall performance. [48] The Samsung Chromebook Plus offers a great lightweight and simple computing experience that is perfect for people who simply need a laptop for the basics. [48] It will get better when they release the Samsung Chromebook Pro, which adds an Intel Core M processor making it faster, but reducing battery life. [48] If you are buying a Samsung Chromebook with Android Apps in mind right now, the Plus should be where you gravitate to. [48]

Today John Sowash @rsowash talks formative assessment, multimedia, and the must-have apps for Chromebooks. [45]

Connecting the community through common devices, online and in the real world, is something RHS should look forward to in the near future. [49] This access will enhance each student’s abilities, providing them with 21st century skills, that they will need in the future. [49] This ensures our students can be successful both in and out of the classroom today and in the future. [47]

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