Dell Unveils New Chromebook Aimed at Schools and Education
"Google makes it so much easier for us," such as Google Apps storing the students' work in the cloud automatically. "I don't have to worry about storage and things along those lines." The district has been using Samsung Chromebooks for about one year. "The original Chromebooks we weren't really sold on because you couldn't work with them offline," said Phillips, but that has since been changed, which makes them more versatile and easier to use. Several other new Chromebooks have also been released in recent months from other vendors. Earlier in December, Google unveiled the new Acer C720P Chromebook, which has a multi-touch screen and retails for $299.In June, Google expanded its network of dealers for its Chromebooks by beginning to sell them through Walmart and Staples stores, raising the number of outlets for the devices to some 6,600 stores. The move added Walmart and Staples stores to the existing Chromebook retail outlets through Best Buy and Amazon.com. Consumers are also able to purchase the machines via Staples online, while business users will be able to buy them through the Staples Advantage B2B program. More retailers are also expected to be added in the coming months, including select Office Depot, OfficeMax, Fry's and TigerDirect stores. Similar expansions are also happening in the 10 other markets worldwide where Chromebooks are sold, including 116 Tesco stores in the United Kingdom and Mediamarket and Saturn stores in the Netherlands, FNAC stores in France and Elgiganten stores in Sweden. In Australia, JB Hi-Fi and Harvey Norman stores will soon be carrying Chromebooks as well. Chromebooks and their desktop brethren Chromeboxes run Google's Chrome operating system and feature a wide range of preinstalled, cloud-based Google services and products, including Google Docs and Google Calendar. Chromebooks allow users to do their work online with less need for on-machine storage for large applications and files. In May, Google began testing Chromebook-equipped store kiosks to make it easier for businesses to help their customers and employees check merchandise stock, place orders or get more information while shopping or working. The kiosks use something Google calls "Managed Public Sessions" to allow employee and customer use of the devices without the need for logging in.
In October, Google unveiled the new $279 HP Chromebook 11, which weighs just over two pounds. The HP machine also included a micro-USB charger that can also recharge a user's Android phone or tablet. The HP 11 is being sold through Best Buy, Amazon, Google Play and HP Shopping in the United States, and through Currys, PC World and many other retailers in the United Kingdom.