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Acer Chromebook Spin 15 CP315 (Source: Acer)

The Acer Chromebook Spin 15 is now official, coming to North America in July

The convertible Acer Chromebook Spin 15 promises to deliver a 13-hour battery life and features two upward-facing speakers, as well as full support for Android apps via Google Play. It is expected to reach the North American marke...
The Kaby Lake-G features AMD's Radeon RX Vega M GPU integrated in the chip die. (Source: TheNerdMag)

Kaby Lake-G Chromebook codenamed "Kidd" in the works?

Chromebooks could soon get a substantial performance boost, as the Chrome OS developers are planning to support Intel's Kaby Lake-G CPUs that come with the dedicated AMD Radeon RX Vega M GPU. The first Chromebook that would includ...
The HP Chromebook x2 will ship on June 7. (Source: Best Buy)

HP Chromebook x2 up for pre-order at Best Buy

HP's premium Chromebook X2 is up for pre-order at Best Buy. The x2, which is expected to ship June 7, is one of the first true 2-in-1 Chromebooks on the market that offers a detachable display allowing it to be used as a standalon...
best chromebooks

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Chromebooks

May 2018 update. When it comes to inexpensive notebooks, devices with Google's Chrome OS have carved out a niche in the market. Chromebooks are usually a good choice for people who do not want to spend a lot of money, although they do require a permanent connection to the Internet to get the most out of them. In this article we will introduce the best models.
Chromebooks will soon support full Linux apps

Chromebooks will soon support full Linux apps

Chromebooks may become the best Android development tools later this year. Google is planning to roll out native Linux support to the Chrome OS-powered machines later this year, allowing coders to build software for Chrome OS and ...
The premium Google Pixelbook Chromebook received a rating of "good" in our November 2017 review. (Source: Own)

Dell and HP may be working on premium Chromebooks

There has been a report suggesting that Dell and HP could be working on new high-end Chromebooks. Currently, there are scant options when it comes to choosing a premium Chromebook for use in the enterprise sector; the Google Pixel...
Chrome OS devices will receive an update to version 66. (Source: Acer)

Chome OS updated to version 66, brings Meltdown patch, more

Google has updated its Chrome OS to version 66, bringing with it numerous bug and security fixes. Chief among the security updates is a patch for Meltdown for Intel-based Chrome OS devices closing off the vulnerability across all ...
The symbol Google is using to denote the Fuchsia OS. (Source: Google)

Google’s mysterious Fuchsia OS set for Android app support, could signal OS unification plans

Google has not had much to say about the Fuchsia OS, its new operating system currently under development, but little hints have popped up here and there — the latest clue is apparent support for Android Runtime. If Fuchsia OS gai...
Image: Google

Chrome's Canary channel gets a visual overhaul, new features

The developer channel for Google's Chrome browser ("Canary") is sport a new coat of paint as well as some useful features. While all of these changes may not make their way to the Stable channel, the new design language echoes wha...
The Samsung Chromebook Pro now includes a backlit keyboard. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung Chromebook Pro gets refresh with backlit keyboard

The Samsung Pro now comes with its most requested feature -- a backlit keyboard. In all other respects the device remains the same, but its newest feature makes it a viable alternative for users who normally buy higher end Windows...
Acer’s new CXI3 Chromebox series has landed with 8th Gen Intel chips. (Source: Acer)

New Acer Chomebox CXI3 series lands with 8th Gen Intel silicon

Acer has updated its Chromebox line with new 8th Gen Intel Core-series processors up to i7 variants. The new Chromebox CXI3 lineup also feature additional upgrades including USB Type-C ports and M2 SSDs.
The HP Chromebook x2. (Source: HP)

The HP Chromebook x2 brings Chrome OS goodness in a detachable form factor

HP has unveiled its latest Chromebook offering with the Chromebook x2. It is the first Chromebook to be offered in a detachable form factor and is powered by the Intel 7th generation Core m3 processor that can be paired with up to...
The Chrome Web Store is breaking up with cryptocurrencies. (Logos: Chrome Web Store and Bitcoin. Image: Self)

Chrome Web Store bans extensions that mine cryptocurrencies

The Chrome Web Store has updated its policy concerning extensions with crypto-mining scripts, outright banning such extensions from the store. Any existing extensions that can be used for mining cryptocurrencies will be removed by...
Acer has stated that the Chromebook Tab 10 will support augmented reality some time in the future. (Source: Softpedia)

Acer reveals the Chromebook Tab 10 tablet

Acer has unveiled a Chrome-based tablet aimed at the education sector. This is the first tablet to be released using Chrome as its operating system, and Acer has given it the name Chromebook Tab 10. The 9.7-inch device includes a ...
CTL NL7 Series Chromebook (Source: PR Newswire)

CTL intros three new NL7 Chromebooks for education

The three new CTL NL7 Chromebooks feature a rugged design and use Intel Apollo Lake processors up to the quad-core Intel Celeron N3450. The cheapest model starts at US$229, while the Wacom pen-enabled one has a price tag that read...
Chromebooks like the Google Pixelbook could soon support Linux in a virtual machine. (Source: Google)

Chrome OS to support running Linux software in virtual machines

Google could be set to make its Chrome OS a much more potent threat to Microsoft if a new commit in the Chromium source is any guide. A developer project known as Crostini shows signs of Google officially introducing support for L...
The 100e is the only model not to feature the 2-in-1 design among the three new Chromebooks. (Source: Lenovo)

MWC 2018 | Lenovo's 100e/300e/500e Chromebooks are some of the toughest devices at MWC

Spec-wise, the 100e, 300e and 500e Chromebooks are powered by Intel Celeron or MediaTek SoCs and can support 4-8 GB of RAM, with 32-64 GB of internal storage. Additionally, the 300e and 500e come with a 2-in1 design. The three mod...
A sneak peak at split-screen for Android apps on Chrome OS. (Source: 9to5 Google)

Chrome OS gets split-screen mode on Canary channel

Google is priming Chrome OS to compete directly with Apple's iPad in the tablet space, if the latest update to the Chrome OS on its alpha build Canary channel is any indication. The latest update allows users to run Android apps i...
Acer Chromebook 15

Chromebooks might soon get 4K displays

According to a Google Chrome commit, a higher-resolution Chrome logo is needed "to look crisp and pretty on our secret upcoming 4K Chromebooks." While this breaks any veil of secrecy covering the arrival of these Chrome OS devices...
Google Assistant voice search in action, Notebookcheck search

Customizable hot words coming soon to Google Assistant

Although Google Assistant has been around for a while, it still lacks the ability to use a custom hot word, something that Motorola's Moto Voice introduced back in 2014. Fortunately, it looks like this issue will be fixed soon.
Google Play Store logo. (Source: Google)

Over 700,000 rogue apps removed from Google Play Store in 2017

Thanks to improved focus and machine learning, Google has been able to remove 700,000 bad apps from the Play Store, 99 percent of which were caught before being installed by any users.
Chrome OS-powered Acer tablet (Source: Alister Payne)

First Chrome OS tablet shows up at tech show

A tweet that has been removed shortly after being published revealed a yet-to-be-launched Chrome OS tablet by Acer, so we should get ready for the debut of these new slates.
Dell Chromebook 5190 for education coming February 2018 (Source: Direct2DellEMC)

Dell Chromebook 5190 with EMR pen support coming next month

The recently announced Dell Chromebook 5000 series will hit the market next month with the Chromebook 5190 as the debut device. This Chrome OS-powered notebook for education sports a rugged design and is expected to start at US$28...
This school spent all their budget on the Lenovo 500e and couldn't afford to upgrade their blackboards. (Source: Lenovo)

Three new ChromeOS educations notebooks from Lenovo starting at US$219

Lenovo has revealed three updated education Chromebooks for 2018, with the 100e and 300e providing rugged budget friendly options for classrooms, and the 500e adding some style and a pen for older children or university usage.
CES 2018: Our impressions of the biggest show of the year

CES 2018: Our impressions of the biggest show of the year

CES 2018 has come and gone, and we have witnessed OEMs showcasing the best of their innovations. While we had some noteworthy announcements that will shape the tech industry for years to come, there were also a lot of me-too products on display as well. We recap the event to look at some of the products that were show-stoppers and discuss what they may indicate for the overall tech landscape this year.
Microsoft Word in Wine, Wine 3.0 now available January 2018

Wine 3.0 open-source compatibility layer now available

Wine 3.0 is now available as the second annual release of this well-known compatibility layer and arrives more than 24 years since the initial release. This new version comes with improved compatibility with Android, Direct3D 10 a...
Meltdown and Spectre threats could also hit Chromebooks with the exception of those with ARM processors

Meltdown and Spectre patches not coming to older Chromebooks

Although some ARM-driven Chromebooks do not need patching, there are also a few Chrome OS-powered notebooks that will not get any sort of protection from Meltdown and Spectre, including the Acer C7 and the Samsung Chromebook 5.
HP Chromebook 11 G6 and Chromebook 14 G5 coming with MIL-STD-certified designs and USB Type-C charging (Source: HP)

HP Chromebook 11 G6 and Chromebook 14 G5 coming with MIL-STD-certified designs and USB Type-C charging

The rugged redesign should help these education-centric Chromebooks survive the chaos and destruction that is the K-12 grade school classroom.
Google is testing its Fuchsia OS on its Pixelbooks. (Source: Google)

Google testing unreleased Fuchsia OS on the Pixelbook

Google has expanded the testing of its mysterious Fuchsia OS to its recently released Pixelbooks. The operating system differs from Google's Android and Chrome operating systems, although Google has yet to reveal its purpose.
The Samsung 'Nautilus' could have a similar form factor to its Galaxy Book. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung prepping Chrome OS tablet

Samsung is said to be prepping a Chrome OS tablet codenamed 'Nautilus.' The device would be the first of its kind for the company and sit alongside its Chrome OS stablemates the Chromebook Plus and the Chromebook Pro.
Acer Predator Helios 300. (Source: NotebookCheck)

Acer's holiday sales especially strong for gaming laptops and Chromebooks

Acer has reported some independent sales figures showing North American sales during the November holiday period increased by 300% for gaming laptops and 250% for Chromebooks, while the overall sales increase over the same period ...
The Pixelbook could one day feature a self-aligning hinge. (Source: Google)

Google patents self-aligning laptop display

An interesting Google patent points to a Pixelbook that could one day feature a self-aligning hinge. The technology would use a mix of ambient sensors
Rugged Acer Chromebook 11 C771 with Intel Skylake

Microsoft Office finally available for all Chromebooks

Without any fanfare, Microsoft finally made Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint available for (apparently) all Chromebooks via the Google Play store. Chrome Unboxed confirmed their availability on the Pixelbook, Samsung Chromeboo...
Google Pixelbook Chromebook Review

86% Google Pixelbook Chromebook Review

The Chromebook poster child. The most expensive Chromebook available is unsurprisingly fast and very versatile. Just be prepared to bring all your USB Type-C adapters along for the trip.
Intel Core i5-7Y57 | Intel HD Graphics 615 | 12.3" | 1.3 kg
Google announces the premium Pixelbook (to no one's surprise)

Google announces the premium Pixelbook (to no one's surprise)

Google today announced the Pixelbook, their premium Chromebook that's has been the subject of a relentless stream of leaks over the past few months. The 2-in-1 Chromebook features a high-density 12.3, 3:2 aspect ratio display and ...
The Google Pixelbook looks set to take on the 12-inch MacBook. (Source: Droid-Life)

Google Pixelbook turns up on reseller site, new mystery 'Google Clips' product as well

It doesn't look like Google will have much left to unveil at its October 4 launch event. In addition to all the Pixel 2 leaks, more details have spilled out about the new Pixelbook and the Google Home Mini intelligent speaker.
What Can a Chromebook Do?

What can you do with a Chromebook?

Chromebooks, which run on Google's ChromeOS, have quickly become one of the major drivers of mobile computing as they provide an easy way to access the web without worrying a lot about deployment, administration and configuration. Although ChromeOS is an almost online-exclusive OS, Chromebooks can still be adapted to handle most workflows. In this article, we explore what a Chromebook can do and help you decide if you should be hopping on the Google bandwagon.
The forthcoming Google Pixelbook looks set to get Google Assistant. (Source: Droid-Life)

Chromebooks look set to finally get Google Assistant, Pixelbook might be the first

Google looks to be doing everything it can to give Microsoft a headache. Fresh from rolling out Android app compatibility for its Chrome OS, it is now set to brings its Google Assistant to Chrome OS as well.
Asus Chromebook Flip C101 convertible now available September 25 (Source: Asus)

Asus Chromebook Flip C101 is now available in the US

The Rockchip RK3399-powered ASUS Chromebook Flip C101PA-DB02 convertible has a metallic body, it features a 10.1-inch touchscreen display, and can be acquired for less than US$300.
The new Google Pixelbook runs Chrome OS and supports Android apps. (Source: Droid Life)

Huge Google leak reveals new Pixelbook with Android app support

A big leak out of Mountain View has seen the new Google Pixelbook revealed before its official launch set for October 4. Not previously picked up by the rumor mill, the device will come in three main configurations.
The HP Chromebook x360 11 is now available for general purchase. (Source: HP)

HP Chromebook x360 11 is now no longer just for students

A popular choice with students, the HP Chromebook x360 11 is now also available to the general public for the first time.
With a 15.6-inch IPS display and purported 12-hour battery life, Acer wants people to consider the Chromebook 15 for multimedia consumption.

IFA 2017 | Acer's Chromebook 15 is a fanless, multimedia-focused, premium Chromebook

Acer has unveiled an update to their Chromebook 15 line sporting a touchscreen, fanless design, aluminum construction, and Google Play Store compatibility. The CB515-1H/1HT will be available from October for US$399 and up.
Acer Chromebook 11 C771 now available starting at US$280

Acer Chromebook 11 C771 hits the market

This new Chromebook comes with an 11.6-inch IPS display and has the Intel Celeron 3855U processor under the hood, carrying a price tag of US$280. The touchscreen variant retails for US$50 more, and more powerful variants are expec...
Chrome OS might be getting a new touch-friendly launcher soon. (Source: Pocketnow)

Touch-friendly interface coming soon to a Chromebook near you

Canary builds of Chrome OS feature a touch launcher suggesting that Chrome OS could soon power touch-enabled displays in the near future
Acer Chromebook 14 for Work (i5 6200U, 8 GB) Review

83% Acer Chromebook 14 for Work (i5 6200U, 8 GB) Review

The Chrome Notebook. In the Acer Chromebook 14 for Work slumbers the hardware of a notebook. As an office companion it is a successful product. However, the components do not use their full potential.
Intel Core i5-6200U | Intel HD Graphics 520 | 14" | 1.4 kg
Lenovo Flex 11 Chromebook Laptop Review

80% Lenovo Flex 11 Chromebook Laptop Review

Barebones utilitarianism… One truly bright spot for Chromebooks has been the education sector, wherein their adoption has been disproportionately high. In recognition of this opportunity, Lenovo seizes the moment with what is arguably their most utilitarian—yet still affordable—notebook to date, specifically intended for students.
Mediatek MT8173C | PowerVR GX6250 | 11.6" | 1.4 kg
Google's latest announcement will bring a feature users of G Suite have come to expect to Gmail for everyone. (Source: Gmail)

Google says it will stop Gmail's scanning of email to target ads

In a recent post to the company blog, Google announced its plans to "more closely align" the free version of Gmail and the enterprise version found in subscription-based G Suite. This includes removing ad personalization based on ...
Image Source: Intel

Intel's Cannonlake may be coming to Chromebooks

Intel's upcoming 10 nm CPUs may make an appearance in Chrome devices, according to a new commit found in the Chromium development repositories.
Reading between the lines, Windows 10 S stays fast because it's less susceptible to bloat. (Source: Windows Central)

Is Windows 10 S really faster?

Microsoft has advertised Windows 10 S as faster than regular Windows 10, but the reality is that it just needs less maintenance.
Google Drive becomes Google Backup and Sync and will release on June 28th. (Source: Google)

Google Drive will become Google Backup and Sync, will be able to back up more files

Google Drive will soon become Google Backup and Sync, which will start backing up your selected files not just from your Google Drive folder, but from almost anywhere on your computer.

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