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I used the Google Pixelbook as my only laptop at CES – and it completely converted me

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

The Google Pixelbook is a truly excellent piece of hardware, as I stated in my review of it over two months ago. The refrain so often heard about Chromebooks, though, is that Chrome OS's limited application ecosystem prevents it from being a "serious" laptop operating system. As someone who frequently travels and has to be mobile as part of my job, I thought I'd put Google's laptop to the test in a live environment: CES.

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I used the Google Pixelbook as my only laptop at CES - and it completely converted me was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Deal alert] Buy a new Pixelbook, get a free Pixelbook Pen ($99 off)

Saturday, January 13th, 2018

Until February 1, U.S. customers can get a free Pixelbook Pen with the purchase of a new Pixelbook at the Google Store, Amazon, or Best Buy.

Integrated stylus functionality has become one of the big selling points for high-end portable devices, but the big players in this space, Apple, Microsoft, and Google, each charge $99 for their device-specific styluses. That's on top of the many, many hundreds of dollars they already charge for the iPad Pro, Surface, or Pixelbook devices themselves.

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[Deal alert] Buy a new Pixelbook, get a free Pixelbook Pen ($99 off) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google publishes list of Chromebooks being patched against Meltdown vulnerability

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

One week ago, details about widespread vulnerabilities in modern processors became public. One variant, named 'Meltdown,' affected every modern Intel chip. Two other variants, collectively known as 'Spectre,' are known to affect chips from Intel, AMD, and ARM (at the very least). Most Google products are already protected against these threats, but now the company has made it easier to tell which Chromebooks are patched.

Holy Chromebooks, Batman!

Google has published a table on the Chromium Wiki, listing every Chromebook and the Meltdown patch progress for each.

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Google publishes list of Chromebooks being patched against Meltdown vulnerability was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

10 new Chromebooks, including the Toshiba Chromebook 2 (2015), get the Play Store

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

The Play Store keeps trickling down to more Chromebooks. The last time we covered it, 17 new models had received the Play Store either on the stable or beta channel, and now 10 more are joining the ranks. The most prominent of these is the Toshiba Chromebook 2, but only the 2015 model. If you're like me and you got way too excited thinking this is for your computer, hold your breath and make sure you have the 2015 model (the best way to know is if you have vents on the back next to the display hinge like so).

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10 new Chromebooks, including the Toshiba Chromebook 2 (2015), get the Play Store was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Acer Chromebook 11 (2018) hands-on: USB-C and a blue finish keep things fresh

Sunday, January 7th, 2018

The Chromebook product segment continues to gather steam as time goes on. Acer recently announced a 2018 refresh for its Chromebook 11, adding USB-C ports and Android app support (versus mixed support on older models). For our first stop here at CES, we dropped by Acer to take a look at this laptop. Best of all, we got to see the nice-looking blue model, which immediately caught my eye.

The 1366x768 11.6" screen is passable, with muted colors, but stellar viewing angles.

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Acer Chromebook 11 (2018) hands-on: USB-C and a blue finish keep things fresh was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

HP announces two new Chromebooks and the Chromebox G2 desktop

Saturday, January 6th, 2018

CES is almost upon us, but a few companies aren't waiting to make announcements. HP just unveiled two new Chromebooks, one 11-inch and one 13-inch, targeted towards the educational market. The company also announced the Chromebox G2, a successor to the 2014 HP Chromebox.

HP Chromebook 11 G6 EE

First up is the Chromebook 11 G6 EE, an 11-inch laptop designed for students. It's built using industrial co-molded rubber with reinforced corners, and HP says it can handle bumps and drops from 2.2 feet (0.7 meters) onto bare concrete.

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HP announces two new Chromebooks and the Chromebox G2 desktop was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Acer’s new Chromebook 11 has USB-C and Android app support, starts at $249

Saturday, January 6th, 2018

Acer has just announced its new Chromebook 11 (CB311-8H/T). Although this new Chromebook has USB-C support for power and peripherals, as well as an alleged 10-hour battery, its specs are balanced by a low-resolution display and an uncertain Celeron-badged processor. Starting at $249 and available in touch and non-touch versions, this new model doesn't actually go on sale until later this year—April in the US and March for the rest of the world. 

Specs

Screen 11.6" 1366x768, touch and non-touch
CPU Untitled Intel Celeron
Storage 16/32GB
RAM 4GB
Peripherals 2x USB-C 3.1 Gen 1, 2x USB 3.0, MicroSD,
Wireless Bluetooth 4.2, 2x2 MIMO 802.11ac Wi-Fi
Camera "HDR"
Audio Dual stereo speakers, mic
Dimensions 0.71" (18.15 mm) thin, 2.43 lbs (1.1 kg)

Acer didn't provide the exact model number for the CPU in the Chromebook 11, but based on the price and fanless design, it's likely to be one of the lower-end versions (read: basically an Atom).

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Acer's new Chromebook 11 has USB-C and Android app support, starts at $249 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Killer Deal Alert 2: Electric Boogaloo] New Acer Chromebook 15 is just $299.99 ($100 off) with free Google Home from Best Buy

Sunday, December 31st, 2017

Chromebooks are getting pretty good these days, and a perfect example of this is Acer's new Chromebook 15. We last saw this discounted a couple of weeks ago to as low as $319, but the latest deal that Best Buy is offering tops that pretty handily.

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[Killer Deal Alert 2: Electric Boogaloo] New Acer Chromebook 15 is just $299.99 ($100 off) with free Google Home from Best Buy was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

New commit shows possibility of Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 powered Chromebooks

Friday, December 22nd, 2017

At the unveiling of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 earlier this month, Microsoft and Qualcomm announced "always-connected" Windows 10 notebook PCs with LTE support and batteries that last throughout the day. For Microsoft's part, this new initiative is separate from the previous Windows RT releases, as these systems can seamlessly run x86-64 32-bit x86 apps. A newly discovered commit indicates that Snapdragon 845-powered Chromebooks are being developed as well.

The new commits include the "cheza" board powered by "chipset-qc845." While this would not be the first ARM-powered Chromebook, this would be the first time that a Qualcomm SoC is used to power a Chromebook.

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New commit shows possibility of Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 powered Chromebooks was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Deal Alert] Pixelbook is $100 off ($899+) with free Google Home from B&H, Best Buy, and Google, $100 off with $50 credit from Amazon

Sunday, December 17th, 2017

If you read our review, you'll know the Google Pixelbook is a fantastic Chromebook. Unfortunately, it also has a fantastically-high price, comparable to most Windows-powered ultrabooks. If you've been looking to buy one regardless, now is a good time. All models are $100 off from a variety of retailers, with some free goodies thrown in.

The Pixelbook comes in three different models. The first has a Core i5-7Y57 processor with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of solid-state storage, and costs $899 right now.

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[Deal Alert] Pixelbook is $100 off ($899+) with free Google Home from B&H, Best Buy, and Google, $100 off with $50 credit from Amazon was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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