After having reviewed a few Chromebooks, we’ve grown to admire these portable and simple-to-use devices, and the newest Chromebooks coming soon certainly got our attention. Google’s full announcement of the season’s new Chrome devices came on their blog last Tuesday, and reveals some exciting prospects for the web-based PCs in partnership with many leading PC manufacturers.
Following their success with the Chromebox-M004U ChromeOS desktop, Asus is going to be introducing two new ChromeOS laptops: the 11.6-inch C200 and 13.3-inch C300 Chromebooks. These devices will run Intel 2.42 GHz Bay Trail-M processors, which are fanless, low-power SOCs that are a great option for giving Chromebooks even longer battery life.
While ChromeOS is designed to work on minimalist hardware, which allows the devices to be produced extremely inexpensively and easily, Acer is planning on a few upgrades for future models of their 11-inch Chromebooks. The next version of the Acer C720 Chromebook, which we liked a lot when we reviewed it, will be receiving a processor upgrade from the Intel Celeron 2955U to an Intel 4th-gen Core i3, and the choice of 2 or 4 GB of RAM. The solid state drive (SSD) is also an available upgrade, from the current 16 GB up to 32 GB of storage for your apps and essential files. Starting at about $349, the new Acer Chromebook will be available in late June or early July.
Dell’s Chromebook 11, which the company targets towards educational use, is also getting an Intel Core i3 processor upgrade, but without the price increase of the Acer model. Still only $299, Dell’s reveal means better performance while still fitting on schools’ budgets for putting web-based computing in the hands of their students.
Beyond just processor and memory improvements, Chromebook bodies are also going to be changing shapes. Chinese manufacturer Lenovo will be introducing two new Chromebooks featuring the 360-degree hinge design that their YOGA series helped pioneer. The N20p Chromebook and Thinkpad YOGA 11e Chromebook will offer touchscreen options and allow for tablet or “tent-mode” usage, which makes them ideal for those who want a cloud-based tablet option with the versatility of a Chromebook. As well, we love tent and stand modes in flexing computers for reading sheet music or recipes on. With a Chromebook’s ultra-fast boot time, you’ll get to working (or playing) even more quickly.
Finally, LG is bringing their new Chromebase AIO to the US. The first all-in-one desktop computer running ChromeOS, the Chromebase features a 21.5-inch full-HD 1920×1080 IPS display, 5W speakers, and HDMI input, meaning it can be used as an external display with other computers in addition to being a home or light business computer. The Chromebase also functions as a great kiosk machine for businesses, hotels, and more.