When wearable tech is a topic of discussion, it usually covers such things as smartwatches, Google Glass, fitness trackers, and such. Those devices are more common and of a wider variety, of course. When it comes to gadgets and wearables, it’s easy to overlook that everyday bag or backpack. The bag that carries all your stuff says as much about you as any other type of fashion accessory.
Many reckoned Acer took an unnecessary gamble fitting punchy Intel Core i3 “Haswell” processors inside Chromebooks, thus raising the price bar, but apparently, Dell thinks there might be demand for higher-end Chrome OS laptops too.
It looks like Chrome OS and Acer’s love story is set to last, nay grow stronger, with Intel Core i3-powered Chromebooks just the first step in the PC maker’s grand scheme on the short term. Next on the product roadmap, a couple of Chrome OS laptops beefed up by low-power, frugal Intel Celeron Bay Trail chips, a higher-end version with Nvidia Tegra K1 punch and a Celeron Haswell-based desktop.
Hot on the heels of the C200, which was technically Asus’ first ever Chromebook to go up for sale, the company’s second Chrome OS machine, the C300, has become available stateside. At exactly the same price, even though the former is an 11.6 incher and the latter’s display measures 13.3 inches in diagonal.
Unlike in Samsung, Sony, HTC and even Lenovo’s camps, things have been awfully quiet on the KitKat updating front for Asus thus far. But the Taiwanese are looking to mend a few fences with their novelty-savvy clients, first rolling out Android 4.4 for the PadFone 2 a couple of weeks back, and now giving the same royal treatment to the Transformer Pad TF701T.
Inexpensive Chrome OS-running notebooks, aka Chromebooks, are definitely moving up the PC market ranks, against all odds and in spite of a painfully sluggish start back in 2011.
Most of Asus’ highly versatile Transformer Book and Pad hybrids have detachable keyboards going for them and thus a portability edge over devices like Lenovo’s Yogas. But if for some reason you want an Asus-made Yoga clone, here it is, up for grabs via Microsoft’s online store.
The speediest, most impressive Chromebook since Google’s MacBook Air-rivaling Pixel is rapidly closing in on its commercial launch, with recent cost rumors apparently panning out. The upgraded Acer C720 will be available in two slightly different configurations later this month, and the cheapest model is already up for pre-orders on Amazon.
Praised for their stellar battery life, the 11-inch model in particular, respectable power and affordability, Asus’ first two Chromebooks have been around for a few weeks at $250 a pop. What Asus never told us was that the standard C200 and C300 would soon get a “cousin”, focused squarely on education.
Microsoft has been working diligently on eroding Apple’s leadership in the tablet and PC space for years now, trying hard to convince the world the Surface line can replace both iPads and MacBooks. Based on sales numbers, MS is a long way from changing mentalities, but Redmond continues to push. And push, and push.
Acer’s newest Chromebooks, the C720 and C720P, are nearly nine months old and featherweights compared to fresh efforts from Asus, Lenovo or Samsung, so it’s no surprise one or several sequels are being worked on as we speak.
Perhaps signaling lower iDemand than usual, Apple has very recently discounted a host of refurbished iPads, also joining hands with Target to offer a never-before-seen promotion on brand new iPad mini variants.