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Acer’s 2021 Chromebook range includes a 17-inch screen and Thunderbolt 4

Acer’s 2021 Chromebook range includes a 17-inch screen and Thunderbolt 4

The Chromebook space is getting crowded, but Acer thinks its quartet of new Chrome OS notebooks can still stand out, particularly its industry-first 17-inch model. Spanning prices from just $269.99 through to $699.99, the new 2021 Chromebooks also embrace the high-end, with some models getting Intel Evo verification and Thunderbolt 4 connectivity.

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ASUS Chromebook with a 17.3-inch screen might be in the works

ASUS Chromebook with a 17.3-inch screen might be in the works

There is no shortage of Chromebooks in the market, as evidenced by recent figures from market analysis companies. Despite different brands or even form factors, most of them share similar traits with few exceptions. Most Chromebooks come with rather modest specs and conventional screen sizes. ASUS has been tipped to be preparing a Chromebook that diverges from at least one of those and could be one of the biggest Chromebooks, at least the ones that come in a laptop form.

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ASUS Chromebook Flip CM3 and Detachable CM3 start under $350

ASUS Chromebook Flip CM3 and Detachable CM3 start under $350

ASUS has revealed its latest Chromebook, with the new Chromebook Flip CM3 and Chromebook Detachable CM3 promising two options when it comes to folding, rotating Chrome OS. Both tap MediaTek processors to help keep prices down to under $350.

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Chromebooks Linux support is going out of beta soon

Chromebooks Linux support is going out of beta soon

Although it has more market share, Chrome OS is closer to being the Google OS to rule them all compared to Android. Its ability to run apps from different platforms, including Android, Linux, and even Windows, makes it an all-in-one operating system for nearly every task possible. Of course, not all of those have the same level of stability and support and, in a few weeks, support for running Linux apps will finally be joining Android app support as it moves from beta to stable status.

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Chromebooks will soon support noise cancellation for external mics

Chromebooks will soon support noise cancellation for external mics

Google is positioning Chrome OS and Chromebooks as the ultimate productivity weapons, especially in this day and age of remote work and schooling. Ironically, they are also one of the last to jump on one of the most important bandwagons in this day and age of remote work and schooling, video chats and conferences. Many of the apps and services for these require Windows or macOS or even Linux, and those that do run in Web browsers sometimes don't even work well compared to those other operating systems. Case in point is the rather complicated case of noise cancellation, something that may be soon to Chrome OS at long last.

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Chromebook docking stations are coming to support work from home

Chromebook docking stations are coming to support work from home

Chromebooks have been recorded to have had a growth spurt since last year, perhaps brought about by work from home and remote schooling arrangements. Of course, using laptops at home isn't new for Windows and Mac users but Chrome OS is relatively still new to this use case. That use case often involves tethering the notebook down with external displays and peripherals, something that a new generation of docking stations that Work with Chromebooks will be attempting to address.

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Chrome OS 90 brings a diagnostics app and document scanning

Chrome OS 90 brings a diagnostics app and document scanning

Perhaps more than PCs and Macs, Chromebooks have always had the image of being all about productivity. Perhaps it's the lack of games and other entertainment apps that brought about that image, though that is starting to change with game streaming and maybe even Steam. That said, there are still a lot of things that can be improved to make Chromebooks even better productivity machines and the latest Chrome OS 90 update puts those tools under your fingertips.

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Chromebooks with NVIDIA RTX graphics, MediaTek CPU might be coming

Chromebooks with NVIDIA RTX graphics, MediaTek CPU might be coming

It hasn't been approved yet but NVIDIA has just made it known that it is very intent on investing in the Arm computing ecosystem. The company, which does use Arm technology for a few of its own products, just made a rather big announcement of new processors and partners geared towards expanding that ecosystem, from the usual culprits like the DRIVE Atlan for autonomous vehicles to game streaming utilizing AWS's own Arm-based Graviton2 processor. Also lurking in that announcement, however, is NVIDIA's first step into the Chromebook space that will attempt to match its powerful RTX GPUs with MediaTek's CPUs.

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Homestar OLED Chromebook details emerge, and things sound promising

Homestar OLED Chromebook details emerge, and things sound promising

Whispers of a new Chromebook with what could be a detachable OLED touchscreen and a significant uptick in connectivity and multimedia have emerged, promising a potential rival to Apple's iPad Pro. The new Chrome OS detachable, codenamed Homestar, is expected to use Qualcomm's Snapdragon 7c rather than an Intel processor.

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HP Chromebook x360 14c released – what’s the difference?

HP Chromebook x360 14c released – what’s the difference?

Today we're taking a peek at HP's latest in a wide variety of Chromebooks. Given the 7(!) Chromebooks currently in production with HP, with at least one more on the way soon, how might one decide which is best? First, the newest: HP Chromebook x360 14c, with a 14-inch display, fingerprint reader, HP Rechargeable Pen, and up to 10:45 hours of battery life. How does this 14-inch machine stand up to the others that've been released by HP in the recent past?

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Google quietly confirms which Chromebooks are getting Android 11

Google quietly confirms which Chromebooks are getting Android 11

Google has quietly confirmed which Chromebooks will be getting a Chrome OS update to Android 11, bringing up to date one of the most useful features of the platform. While Chrome OS is its own platform - and is now used in everything from cheap education notebooks to high-end ultraportables - it also includes support for running the same Android apps as on your phone.

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Chrome OS “Game Mode” brings Chromebooks closer to Steam gaming

Chrome OS “Game Mode” brings Chromebooks closer to Steam gaming

Starting out as an overgrown browser on affordable but low-powered laptops, Chrome OS has now grown into something that Microsoft and Apple now consider to be a deadly rival, especially in education and enterprise markets. The platform has definitely grown to become a software powerhouse that could run almost any app, whether directly or indirectly. Its next trick, however, is gaming, and recent changes to Chrome OS's source code hints that Google might be getting close to making that happen.

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