Chromebook sales have made a stratospheric climb in 2013. Last year, U.S. sales for notebooks running the Chrome OS made up just 0.2% of the computer and tablet market. This year through November, that share is now 10%.
Google is ready to start shipping an updated version of the Chromebook 11 notebook to retailers soon. The original Chromebook 11 notebook was recalled after power supplies were damaged in nine incidents. The power supply reportedly overheated in some instances to the point where it melted. The nine reports came with 145000 units in the wild.
LG has taken the wraps off the LG Chromebase 22CV241, a new all-in-one desktop running Google's Chrome OS on a 21.5-inch, Full HD display. Running the web-centric platform on Intel's fourth-gen Celeron processor, the Chromebase is seemingly aiming to displace the PC or Mac you might ordinarily put in a kid's room or kitchen, doing everything Windows or OS X might regularly be asked to, but without the maintenance.
The official charger recall for the HP Chromebook 11 has begun, following a number of overheating reports that saw the AC adapter for the Chrome OS notebook potentially melt. Google has received a total of nine reports of overheating and melting chargers, according to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, out of around 145,000 units in the wild.
Working with Chrome for their newest notebook device, Dell has revealed their own Chromebook 11. This device works with an 11.6-inch display with edge-to-edge glass up front with full resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. You'll be working with Wi-fi a 802.11 a/b/g/n for quickness in connectivity and two USB 3.0 ports for swiftness in data transfer.
Acer has added touch to its C720 Chromebook, creating the $200 Acer C720P Chromebook, an affordable 11.6-inch alternative to Google's well-reviewed but expensive Pixel. The new C720P adds a 1366 x 768 touchscreen display to the C720, with Intel's Celeron 2955U Haswell processor under the hood, and the promise of up to 7.5 hours of battery life.
There's a call for Chrome OS in schools - so says Lenovo with their newest device, the ThinkPad X131e Chromebook. This device works with a rugged exterior with a rubber bumper around the top cover as well as "stronger covers" to protect the machine in case of drops during a normal school day. This machine is the newest in an ever-expanding series of Chromebook devices from a wide variety of manufacturers here on the tail end of 2013.
With the Acer C720-2848 the company has decided to cut the line, so to speak, making the device which appears the same as the earlier model cost just a bit less due to changes to its innards. What you've got here is a $199.99 model of the C720, this version working with the same Intel Celeron processor (based on Haswell) with an 11.6-inch HD display at 1366 x 768 pixels sharp and an integrated webcam. And it's running Chrome OS, of course.
HP's Chromebook 11 has mysteriously disappeared from sale, with the ARM-powered Chrome OS laptop reportedly being pulled from Best Buy shelves after store managers received urgent instructions to freeze sales. The $279 notebook is listed as out of stock on Google's own Play store and at Best Buy, and has vanished completely from HP's webstore; sources told The Verge that according to an internal memo, sales of the Chromebook 11 should cease "effective immediately" and any remaining stock moved off the showroom floor.
Following the Acer C720, which we recently reviewed, HP has brought its own new Chrome OS-harboring laptop to the market, the Chromebook 11. Unlike some of the other Chromebooks that are available, HP has elected to aim its focus on the design aspect of its offering, bringing to market a small laptop that in some ways resembles an older MacBook, adding a splash of color and the ability to charge from a standard smartphone charger into the mix. With this design-centric focus comes a slightly higher price tag than competing Chromebooks, being priced at $279 USD while the new Acer C720 is priced at $249. Read on for our full SlashGear review to see whether the Chromebook meets its premium pricing.