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Acer C720 Chromebook taps Haswell and SSD for 8hr battery

Acer C720 Chromebook taps Haswell and SSD for 8hr battery

It's obviously a week for Chromebooks, with Acer's new C720 Chromebook joining HP's Chromebook11 offering cloud-centric mobile computing, this time at the even lower price of $249.99. Sticking with Intel's x86 chips rather than the ARM-based processor in the HP machine revealed on Tuesday, the Acer C720 steps up to a Haswell-generation Celeron 2955U for better performance and battery life, with the promise of up to 8.5hrs of runtime despite being 30-percent thinner in your bag.

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Acer C720 Chromebook brings Haswell with a C7 reboot

Acer C720 Chromebook brings Haswell with a C7 reboot

If you had a good time working with the original Acer C7 Chromebook last year, Acer is aiming to up the ante for you specifically this year with the Acer C720. This machine is one of a collection of Chromebooks announced earlier this year as Intel brought on 4th generation Intel Core technology (Haswell) to the platform. Here in the Acer C720, the user works with a body that's quite similar to the original C7, but reinforced and beefed up with a collection of features for the real world - like 30cc fluid resistance up top so there's time for you to turn the machine off before a glass of spilt water destroys the whole beast.

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Chrome OS expands with ASUS and Toshiba: Acer, HP also onboard with Haswell

Chrome OS expands with ASUS and Toshiba: Acer, HP also onboard with Haswell

This week the folks at Google have successfully teamed up with ASUS and Toshiba to make the number of top-tier manufacturers working with Chrome OS reach a cool six. New products announced this week with Intel's 4th Generation Haswell processor technology (so far) include a new ASUS Chromebox, an unnamed Toshiba Chromebook, HP Chromebook14, and another new Acer Chromebook. This relative gush of devices is a good sign that Google's prediction of the long-lasting nature of Chrome OS, the web-based OS, will be around for the foreseeable future.

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Haswell Chromebooks claim 2x battery life of previous generation

Haswell Chromebooks claim 2x battery life of previous generation

There can be little doubt that the low-cost computer universe has begun to accept Chrome OS into its life, especially given today's confirmation by Intel that a new generation of Chromebooks will be working with Haswell. This is Intel's 4th Generation core technology, and as Intel and Google have made clear, it's expected that this line of products will bring both a measure of increased performance and an improvement on battery life by more than 2x previous generations.

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HP ZBook 15 and 17 hands-on: Thunderbolt arrives with Haswell

HP ZBook 15 and 17 hands-on: Thunderbolt arrives with Haswell

Along with the ZBook 14 - the world's first workstation Ultrabook - the ZBook family has arrived with the ZBook 15 and the ZBook 17. The larger two devices work with much of the same technology as the smaller, but each brings on its own unique blend of high-powered features that makes the price jump worth the cash. Each of these units is also thinner and lighter than previous generations of mobile workstations from HP, bringing with them a new industrial design that doesn't just scream "I'm at work."

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Chromebooks with Haswell to be revealed this week says sources

Chromebooks with Haswell to be revealed this week says sources

The latest among Chromebooks rumors, sources have stated that a new line of Chromebooks will be introduced this week at the Intel Developer Forum. Unlike other Chromebooks, these models will reportedly be running Intel Haswell processors, though other details, such as who will make them, was not provided. This follows closely on a rumor that ASUS plans to launch a Chromebook this year.

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Lenovo ThinkPad T, X, and S Series Ultrabooks get ultra-thin with Haswell inside

Lenovo ThinkPad T, X, and S Series Ultrabooks get ultra-thin with Haswell inside

This week in Berlin at IFA 2013 the folks at Lenovo has brought on a new wave of ThinkPad Ultrabooks for the latter half of this year. This device portfolio includes additions to the Lenovo ThinkPad T, X, and S Series Ultrabooks with the T440s, T440, X240, S440, and S540. In the T and X series models you'll find 20 percent thinner form factors under recent reboots, a collection of options in each of these devices bright panels, and a massive 45 percent larger size on each of their clickpads. The whole lot works with new 4th generation Intel Core processor technology as well.

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