Chromebook

HP Chromebook 11, x360 11, and 14 get an education-centric refresh

HP Chromebook 11, x360 11, and 14 get an education-centric refresh

After what seems like a period of slumber, Chromebooks are making headlines again. Part of that is thanks to the recent premium models announced at CES earlier this month, like the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook. The other part is thanks to a reinvigorated campaign to push Chromebooks to schools and students. This particular segment, however, requires more affordable price tags, which is what HP's four new Chromebooks are trying to offer to educational institutions around the world.

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Acer targets students with Chromebook C871 and new TravelMates

Acer targets students with Chromebook C871 and new TravelMates

Acer showed up to the BETT show in London with a handful of new products aimed at students today. The first is a new 12-inch Chromebook, which is joined by a pair of new TravelMate Windows laptops. While they may not do much to excite Acer's regular customers, we could very well see these notebooks show up in classrooms after they release this year.

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Google Pixelbook Go Not Pink option is finally now available

Google Pixelbook Go Not Pink option is finally now available

It's almost hard to believe that the Google Pixelbook Go has already been out for three months now, and that's partly because it was still missing what could be considered its "launch color". The "Not Pink" option was the head-turning color that leaked before the announcement and its confirmation definitely sparked discussion, interest, and pre-orders. Fortunately, it seems that the waiting game is finally over and Google's second, final, and more expensive Pixelbook Go color is available for purchase.

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Chrome OS may finally get official Steam support

Chrome OS may finally get official Steam support

At the moment, if you're looking to play games on Chrome OS, you're more or less limited to finding those games on the Google Play Store. That may all be changing at some point in the near future, as Google has suggested that it's working with Valve to build official Steam support for Chrome OS. This, of course, would greatly expand the gaming capabilities of Chromebooks by allowing them to tap into Steam's vast library of PC titles.

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ASUS Chromebook Flip C436 challenges Galaxy Chromebook for CES crown

ASUS Chromebook Flip C436 challenges Galaxy Chromebook for CES crown

If there's a theme to CES today, it could very well be high-end Chromebooks. Alongside Samsung's announcement of the Galaxy Chromebook, ASUS has revealed the Chromebook Flip C436. A CES 2020 reveal for the C436 is particularly timely, as the Chromebook's predecessor - the C434 - was revealed at CES 2019.

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Lenovo launches FLEX 5 and IdeaPad Duet two-in-one Chromebooks

Lenovo launches FLEX 5 and IdeaPad Duet two-in-one Chromebooks

In addition to the load of new Windows laptops it has introduced for CES 2020, Lenovo has taken the wraps off two new Chromebook devices, one that comes in the form of a laptop and the other that is a two-in-one detachable model. Called the FLEX 5 Chromebook and IdeaPad Duet Chromebook, both models run Google's Chrome OS and come in ultra-portable form factors.

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Samsung Galaxy Chromebook serves up an AMOLED display

Samsung Galaxy Chromebook serves up an AMOLED display

One of the biggest products Samsung brought to CES 2020 is undoubtedly the Galaxy Chromebook. The 2-in-1 Chromebook definitely has a design that stands out, as it'll be available in a color Samsung called "Fiesta Red" -though it'll also be available in a more traditional "Mercury Gray," for those of you who don't want a Chromebook that's quite so loud. Beyond its looks, though, the Galaxy Chromebook has some specifications that may help it stand out from other devices in the space.

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Galaxy Chromebook poised to be Samsung premium Chrome OS flagship

Galaxy Chromebook poised to be Samsung premium Chrome OS flagship

Chrome OS has had a rather colorful history and that's putting it mildly. It is perhaps a testament to both the platform's promise and Google's clout that Chromebooks continue to get launched year after year from a good number of popular manufacturers. It might easily show but Samsung is actually one of the more prolific Chromebook manufacturers in the market and yet it still lacks what could be considered its top tier device. That could be changing with the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook presuming it has the literal guts to prove it.

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Why you should consider a Chromebook

Why you should consider a Chromebook

2019 has been an exciting year for Chromebooks. Google’s line of Chrome OS laptops has seen plenty of releases this year, adding to the range of budget-friendly models and even introducing a new flagship, spec-ed out Chromebook in the Pixelbook Go. It may be enough to get Apple and Windows users on the other side interested, but will it work for you?

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Chrome OS 79 brings lock screen media controls, unified app manager

Chrome OS 79 brings lock screen media controls, unified app manager

Google is trying to make Chrome OS many things to all kinds of people which practically means embracing all sorts of use cases and workflows. It has long frown up from being a glorified web browser to a platform that can be used for getting work done as well as entertainment. That, unfortunately, also means that Chrome has gathered quite a list of features, not to mention apps, that may make the experience a bit more cluttered and inconvenient, something that Chrome OS 79 is now addressing in its stable release.

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Lenovo Chrome OS tablet could take another stab at a dying niche market

Lenovo Chrome OS tablet could take another stab at a dying niche market

It ended even before it had the chance to begin or something to that extent. For a brief moment, it seemed that Chrome OS was on its way to embracing a new form factor beyond typical laptops or convertible Chromebooks. Standalone or at least detachable Chrome OS slates definitely seemed within Google's sights until it wasn't anymore. Now it seems that Chrome OS tablets are all but extinct or forgotten but that's not stopping Lenovo from trying its hand in a market that Google just quit.

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On that Chromebook free 3 month Disney+ subscription: Read the fine print

On that Chromebook free 3 month Disney+ subscription: Read the fine print

The folks at Google behind the Chromebook "Offers" and "bonuses" system worked with Disney to connect with the newest, biggest streaming media service Disney+. When users "activate" a new Chromebook this late 2019, they get three free months of Disney+, but there is some fine print. First, you'll need to have a "new" Chromebook - the parameters of this aren't exactly clear up front, but chances are you're gonna have to have a Chromebook that's still up for sale as a "new" device in stores right now.*

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