With the newest generation of Chromebooks they’ve got prepped for the public, Samsung brings on their Galaxy styling to the web-based OS’s hardware. With the Samsung Chromebook 2 13.3" model, we’re seeing a 13.3-inch 1920 x 1080 LED display that’s surprisingly bright - and sharp, of course. This machine will be offered in gray and will be appearing in the public in April of 2014.
When you look at the new "Chromebook 2" lineup from Samsung, you see a set of notebooks that don’t look like the first wave of Chromebooks. Here you’re seeing a set of devices that - aesthetically, at least - are just as brilliant to behold as their Windows-running counterparts. In this release is another big reason for Microsoft to truly free their operating system from the shackles of licensing costs.
Samsung has taken the wraps off its new Chromebook 2 Series, offering two different ARM-based sizes and borrowing the stitched, textured finish of the Galaxy S5 for its lid. Both the 11.6- and 13.3-inch versions of the Chromebook 2 Series run Google's cloud-centric OS on one of Samsung's own Exynos 5 Octa processors - 1.9GHz on the smaller model; 2.1GHz on the larger - with 4GB of memory and up to 8.5hrs of battery life.
Chromebooks have their benefits and limitations, and unfortunately for many users, those limitations are of the sort involving lack of access to needed software. Taking aim at this issue, Google has teamed up with VMWare to bring Desktop as a Service (DaaS) to the Internet giant's small laptops, giving users Windows access.
Following the Chromebox for Meetings offering announced by Google earlier in the day, HP has offered some further details on its Chromebox. There has yet to be any details released in terms of the pricing, however HP has said the Chromebox will be arriving in the spring. Essentially, you are looking at a small desktop computer running Chrome OS, however Google and HP have said this will be compatible with Chromebox for Meetings.
Google has revealed Chromebox for Meetings, it's attempt to further push Chrome OS into the enterprise by offering a simpler way for multiple people to collaborate. Offered as a $999 kit including a Core i7 Chromebox - such as the ASUS Chromebox announced this month, though models from Dell and HP are also in the works - a noise-canceling microphone, 1080p autofocus HD camera, and double-sided remote with a QWERTY keyboard, Chromebox for Meetings plugs into an existing display or projector and can, Google claims, be up and running in minutes. We caught up with Google to find out more.
In October, we reviewed Acer's C720 Chromebook, a Haswell-harboring notebook with excellent battery life and performance to match. The one thing it lacked, however, was a touchscreen, something Acer has addressed with its latest Chrome OS offering: the Acer C720P Touch, a similarly-designed laptop with a touchscreen display. We've got our hands on the Chromebook to see how it holds up compared to its non-touch brethren, which we've detailed for you in our full SlashGear review.
If you're aiming for what might be the smallest package for the largest-definition delivery in a computer this upcoming season, you might want to have a peek at the ASUS Chromebox. This device works with a size that's 4.88 x 4.88 long and wide with a height at 1.65-inches. This means it'll nearly be small enough to fit in your pocket. If you've got large pockets, that is.
HP's Chromebook 11 has quietly landed on Verizon's LTE network, with the 4G-enabled laptop going on sale at a $100 premium over its WiFi-only sibling. The Chromebook 11 LTE, spotted at Best Buy, uses the same Samsung Exynos 5 Dual processor and 11.6-inch display as the model we reviewed back in October, but adds the ability to get online more readily while on the move.