Chromebooks are not dead, Intel claims. This statement seems to be true, and new life into these ossified and a bit too exotic for most consumers computers is to be breathed by Intel’s Haswell processors.
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The first generation of Chromebooks did not impress. Acer and Samsung have their representatives in this class, but the real quality appeared only with Google Pixel. This one with a price oscillating around 1000 dollars turned out to be out of reach for most consumers. Chromebooks, although based on good fundamentals, did not fill the middle price range.
On the other hand, however, Google’s Sundar Pichai, who was present at IDF 2013, gave some interesting facts that indicate that Chromebooks are not doing so badly after all. Pichai said Chromebooks have been the second most popular computers sold on Amazon for a year, and in the up to $300 segment. Chrome OS has more than 25 percent market share. Chromebooks are also increasingly used in schools and colleges. So what, rumors of their death greatly exaggerated?
The reincarnation of Chromebooks will most likely be ensured by Intel’s latest move. The implementation of Haswell chips into machines with Chrome OS on board is a shot in the arm. Previous models ran either on ARM architecture or on Intel’s Atom. Only the high-end Pixel had on board a Core i5 processor clocked at 1.8 GHz.
The presence of Haswell on board the next-generation Chromebooks is a certainty of 15 percent longer battery life and 50 percent faster boot-up and stability. Add to this a solid performance and reasonable price, you can expect to meet the needs of the “average Kowalski”.
The market will soon see three new Chromebooks from top computer manufacturers: Acer, Toshiba and HP. The last device promises to be particularly good, and will be available in several colors. The classic gray will be complemented by orange and blue.
HP Chromebook 14, because this is the name of the laptop, has a 14-inch screen, Intel Haswell processor, 16 GB SSD (plus 100 GB Google Drive), USB 2.0, USB 3.0, HDMI, Bluetooth and WiFI. The hardware is superbly made, with the plastic that dominates the case having a rubbery texture. Unfortunately, despite the lack of a classic drive, the Chromebook 14 is relatively heavy. Light, however, will be its price, which the Palo Alto-based giant announced at $299.
Acer’s and Toshiba’s Chromebooks are a little less known about, but they should debut on the market before the end of the year.