A 15-inch laptop for $199. The Acer Chromebook 15 (CB3-531) was announced yesterday and we’ve already put it into our database. It’s a basic specification (we expect that it’s re-using a mainboard from another Acer Chromebook) but the price is very, very interesting.
It’s lighter and cheaper than any other touch-enabled Chromebook and it even has a 360-degree rotating screen. The ASUS Chromebook Flip C100 is unique and almost a Chrome OS tablet. At a price of $249 there aren’t many questions that consumers really need to ask.
I had a Software Development Ultrabook a few years ago and it was the best Ultrabook I had ever tested. You couldn’t buy it. The2015 is exactly the same. It’s a small-production-run showcase created to tease (or reward) developers, to steer Chromebook designers, to show the competition what can be done and of course to generate buzz in the media.
It will be available at a price of $999 which is just silly for a Chrome OS product. It’s over-specified too. In order that software developed for it doesn’t hit boundaries and that it extracts the maximum discussion Google are dropping 8GB or even 16GB into it. We like Chromebooks but we’re going to tell you right up-front the Pixel is probably not for you, even if you want a fast browser experience. Like the recently launched Macbook though it’s going to work some magic in its sector.
As part of my continuing research into the real-world differences between Windows laptops and Chromebooks I’ve taken a look at security and compared a set of Windows security steps with those required on a Chromebook. Chromebook wins!
Security is, in my opinion, one of the biggest advantages of Chrome OS over a Windows and even if you’re worried about Google, the guest mode allows a tracking-free secure experience. Of a list of 13 Windows security and privacy checks the Chromebook requires just 7. Let’s take a closer look.
Chromebooks and Intel’s Core M platform are a perfect fit so it’s no surprise that we’re seeing rumors of a Google Pixel 2 surfacing along with a mention of Core M.
The rumors are extremely tenuous but worth a discussion because of three important aspects. Intel Core-M, USB 3.1 and Pixel 2 could define a new range of Chromebooks that are, like the original Pixel, medium to high-end. While Baytrail-M is doing a good job of enabling low-end Chromebooks there are people that truly need higher-end multitasking performance. Combine that power with a fanless build – the Acer C720 is so annoying when one has used fanless PCs – and you’ve got a unique combination.
CES previews have already started and Notebookitalia have just published one of the first live presentations of the new Acer Chromebook 15 along with images of the black version, a Euro price and more details on the specifications.
It’s Saturday night and US-based PR and marketing teams are working hard which can only mean one thing – CES is about to kick off. Acer is in the ring and have already delivered a one-two punch by announcing the Chromebook 15 (CB5-571) with, you guessed it, a 15.6-inch screen. It’s also the first Chromebook to run on 5th-generation Intel Core architecture. With a Full HD screen option and upward-facing speakers this could at least be one for the Netflix fans.
Amazon have announced their ‘holiday’ best sellers and in the computer category the top 3 places go to Chromebooks. Despite $200 Windows newcomers the Chromebooks remained the top seller for the second year in a row.
In a press release issued on the 26th December Amazon have listed a range of holiday-season facts. Among them were the top-three selling Computers.
- Computers: Acer (11.6-inch, 2GB); ASUS -inch with Gigabit WiFi (16GB, 2GB); HP 11-2010nr 11.6-inch Chromebook (Snow White)
In some respects it’s no surprise that the cheapest laptops on the market were among the best sellers but that all three were Chromebooks is significant. The Acer CB3-111 (11-inch) didn’t make it to the top-3 despite it getting some good reviews and offers over the season but Acer won’t exactly be unhappy as the C720 continues to dominate sales. The price/performance ratio on this laptop continues to be class-leading.