10 Chromebooks, Chromeboxes Adding to Rising Chrome OS Device Sales

 
 
By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2015-04-02
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    By Don Reisinger
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    Asus Chromebook Flip Converts to Tablet, Laptop
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    Asus Chromebook Flip Converts to Tablet, Laptop

    The Asus Chromebook Flip is one of the more eye-catching new Chromebooks on the market. The Flip is a convertible device that can switch between a tablet and a laptop, depending on desired use. The Chromebook Flip has a 10.1-inch HD display, weighs less than 2 pounds, and comes with 100GB of Google Drive online storage for free for two years. It also has 10 hours of battery life, which is nice. It costs $249.
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    Acer Chromebook 15 Suits Those Who Want a Big Screen
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    Acer Chromebook 15 Suits Those Who Want a Big Screen

    The big draw for the $249 Chromebook 15 is its screen size. The device has a 15.6-inch HD display, making it one of the larger Chromebooks on the market. The device, which comes with a full-size keyboard, has up to nine hours of battery life and according to Acer, can boot "in seconds." One other note: the standard Chromebook 15 screen is 720p HD. The device can be customized for a full-HD model.
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    Chromebook Pixel Is at the High End
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    Chromebook Pixel Is at the High End

    Google's Chromebook Pixel is the most advanced computer in this roundup, featuring an Intel Core i5 or i7 processor and a 13-inch high-res display. Like Apple's recently announced MacBook, the computer comes with USB Type-C ports to handle charging, data and displays all in one. It also has a full-metal enclosure. The Chromebook Pixel is designed for Chromebook heavyweights, so it starts at a costly $999.
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    Samsung Gets Into the Mix With Chromebook 2
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    Samsung Gets Into the Mix With Chromebook 2

    Samsung has its own version, called the Chromebook 2. The computer has a somewhat older-looking design with a big bezel around the screen. However, at $250, it's nicely affordable. The Chromebook 2 has an 11.6-inch HD display, weighs 2.6 pounds and comes with up to nine hours of battery life.
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    Dell's Chromebook 11 Is a Popular Option
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    Dell's Chromebook 11 Is a Popular Option

    Dell's Chromebook 11 is one of the more popular Chromebooks in this roundup, due in large part to its appeal to both the education and enterprise markets. The Chromebook 11 comes with a rugged design that allows it to be dropped or hit and keep on running. That extra durability pushes the price to $279 to start, but customers will still find the 11.6-inch HD display and 10 hours of battery life appealing.
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    Hewlett-Packard Gets Colorful With the Chromebook 14
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    Hewlett-Packard Gets Colorful With the Chromebook 14

    The HP Chromebook 14 G3 is all about color and size. As the name might suggest, the computer comes with a 14-inch HD display and is available in a wide variety of colors. The Chromebook 14 G3 is also one of the thinnest computers in this roundup, coming in at just 0.7 inches thick. The device has up to eight hours of battery life and goes for $300 to start.
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    Dell Chromebox Makes You Bring Your Own Peripherals
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    Dell Chromebox Makes You Bring Your Own Peripherals

    Looking for something besides a notebook? Check out the Dell Chromebox. Similar to Apple's Mac Mini, the Chromebox requires customers to have their own keyboard, monitor and mouse in order to get the full computing experience. Because of that, there's no want for ports in the device. The Chromebox has a High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) and DisplayPort for video, four USB 3.0 ports, and both Ethernet connectivity and built-in WiFi. That's an awful lot for a device that costs just $179.
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    The Acer Chromebox CXI Is Diminutive
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    The Acer Chromebox CXI Is Diminutive

    The Acer Chromebox CXI is another desktop that requires owners to bring along a keyboard, mouse and monitor. Like the Dell version, the device comes with an HDMI and DisplayPort for displays, and includes four USB 3.0 ports, Ethernet and WiFi. Acer's Chromebox, however, comes with a different design that sits up on desks like a wireless router, rather than a boxy design like the Dell option. It's an interesting device that goes for $180.
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    LG Chromebase Delivers an All-in-One Option
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    LG Chromebase Delivers an All-in-One Option

    The Chrome market has an all-in-one option for those seeking such a thing. The LG Chromebase has a 21.5-inch full HD display and comes with a keyboard and mouse. The device's biggest point of appeal is that it's a desktop all-in-one, putting it in competition with devices like Apple's iMac. However, the device comes with a relatively high price for a Chrome OS device, all of $350.
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    Asus Chromebit to Offer a Bare Bones Option
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    Asus Chromebit to Offer a Bare Bones Option

    The Asus Chromebit is one of the most interesting devices in this roundup. The product, which will launch this summer for under $100, is essentially a dongle, running Chrome OS, that can be plugged into a monitor or television. Once the Chromebit is plugged into a "dumb" device, like a television, that product becomes smart enough to run Chrome OS.
 

The Chromebook market has become an important one for Google. The company and market researchers report that an increasing number of people around the world are buying Chromebooks with its Chrome OS cloud operating system. Researchers say Chrome OS devices are in high demand, and the proof of that is on Amazon.com, where Chromebooks are among the most popular computers available. That success has prompted vendors to ramp up production of Chrome OS devices. On March 31, for instance, Asus announced the company's Chromebook Flip, which can double as a tablet and notebook. Asus is also planning to launch an extremely cheap computer, called the Chromebit, that can be plugged into a display for a full Chrome OS experience. Google has been promoting Chromebooks since the first one was unveiled in June 2011, two years after the company introduced the Chrome OS. Now, four years later, Google's effort is paying off with steady growth of Chromebook production and sales. This eWEEK slide show will do a deep dive into the Chrome OS ecosystem and highlight some devices—notebooks and desktops—that could be worthy purchases.

 
 
 
 
 
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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