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Dell Chromebook 11 is Back on Sale #chromeweekender

Another weekend, and I am back with a new edition of #chromeweekender. I am in great mood, something incredible is happening around me and Chrome Story in few weeks. More about that later. Now, Chrome tidbits from this week.

chromebook  Dell Chromebook 11 is Back on Sale #chromeweekender

Amazon’s Back to School Sale Gives You $20 Off on a Bunch of Chromebooks

Schools and students love Chromebooks, we all know that for sure. That is why it won’t surprise you when Amazon’s Back to School sale drops $20 on as many as 17 Chromebooks and Chromeboxes. Find these offers here

Here is a few from the discounted Chromebooks list:

  • Acer C720 Chromebook (11.6-Inch, 2GB): $199.99 to $179.00
  • HP Chromebook 11-1101 (White/Blue): $279.99 $199.99
  • Acer C720 Chromebook (11.6-Inch, 2GB & 32GB SSD): $249.99 to  $229.00
  • Acer C720P Chromebook (11.6-Inch Touchscreen, 2GB) Moonstone White: $299.99 to $248.98
  • ASUS Chromebook C300MA-DB01, 13.3-Inch: $249.00 to  $229.99
  • LG ChromeBase 22CV241-W 22-Inch All-in-One Cloud Desktop: $349.99 to $329.99
  • ASUS Chromebook C200MA-DS01, 11.6-Inch: $249.00 to $228.01
  • ASUS CHROMEBOX-M075U Desktop Bundle with Wireless Keyboard and Mouse: $399.00 to $368.98
  • Lenovo IdeaPad N20P 11.6-Inch Touchscreen Chromebook (59418460) Silver: $329.99 to $309.99

chromebook  Amazon’s Back to School Sale Gives You $20 Off on a Bunch of Chromebooks

Find these and more offers here.Go grab them!!

Senkatel Announces $314 Education Chromebook

Senkatel , a company specializes in hardware and software solutions for enterprise and education markets has announced a new Chromebook based on the Intel reference design, complete with the rotatable camera.

The Chromebook’s school friendly features include:

  • Built to withstand bumps and accidental drops up to 70cm
  • Water resistant keyboard channels liquids (up to 330ml) away from the electronics to prevent damage.
  • Sealed touchpad protects electronics from moisture and spills.
  • Anti-peel keys resist removal
  • Reinforcement around ports and hinges
  • Non-slip texture hides wear and scratches

chromebook  Senkatel Announces $314 Education Chromebook

Specs

The Chromebook holds a reasonable 2 GB RAM, 16 GB SSD for storage (and the usual 100GB Google Drive storage for 2 years), Bluetooth 4.01, 1366 x 768 IPS, TFT-LCD with Anti-Glare for bright classrooms. For USB, there is 2.0 and a 3.0 port.

Here is the complete list of specs:

Display 11.6″ 1366 x 768 IPS, TFT-LCD;
Anti-Glare for bright classrooms
CPU Intel ®Celeron™ N2830, 2.16 GHz
Operating System Google® Chrome™ OS
Memory(RAM) 2 GB SDRAM 1600 MHz
Storage(SSD) 16 GB SSD and 100 GB of Google Drive™
cloud storage free for 2-years
USB USB 2.0  x 1 and
USB 3.0 x 1
HDMI Full HDMI Port
Wireless Intel® Dual-Band Wireless AC7260
Wi-Fi 802.11 ac/a/b/g/n/ ;  2×2 T & R
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.01
Camera 1.0 MP 720p HD 1800 rotatable camera
Sound system Built-in stereo sound; Integrated
microphone rotates with camera
Battery Up to 9.5-hours with 3-cell
3200 mAh /cell (36WHr) Li-Pol battery
Serviceable by school’s IT staff
Ports 2-in-1 Card Reader (SD/MMC)
Kensington® Security Lock Slot
Dimensions and Weight 300 x 215 x 22.4 mm, 1,290 grams
11.8” x 8.5” x 0.9”, 2.88 lbs.
Unit housing material Textured Durable Plastic case with
integrated handle and 70cm drop
resistant

Price and Availablity

“The C1101 is available immediately through SYNNEX Corporation at an MSP of $313.99, which includes a 1-year manufacturer’s warranty. Discounts are available for volume purchases -within Senkatel standard manufacturing lead times and minimum order quantities (MOQ).”

chromebook  Senkatel Announces $314 Education Chromebook

Source: Official Press Release via Brent Sullivan

Asus Chromebox Launched in India for Rs. 21000 ($342)

I was not really happy when LG launched their Chromebase in India couple of days back. However, the Asus Chromebox somehow makes me happy. Again, I am not super impressed with the pricing, but Chromebox makes sense in India than Chromebase. (I still believe that what we need is more Chromebooks, but you know..)

Asus announced 3 variants of their Chromebox in India. The three models are-Asus Chromebox CN60 (Celeron) at Rs 21,000, Asus Chromebox CN60 (Core i3) at Rs 36,500 and Asus Chromebox CN60 (Core i7) at Rs 58,000. The base model that retails for $179.00 (now $166.51 after discount) costs  Rs 21,000, which is about $342. A huge difference don’t you think? These taxes and stuff!

Specs – Recap

  • Model CHROMEBOX-M004U
  • Type ChromeBox
  • CPU Intel Celeron 2955U
  • SSD 16GB
  • RAM Memory 2GB DDR3-1600
  • Graphics Integrated Intel HD 4400 Graphics
  • Connectivity HDMI, DisplayPort, RJ45 LAN
  • Kensington Lock
  • 4x USB 3.0
  • 2-in-1 Card Reader
  • Wireless Dual Band 802.11 a/b/g/n with Bluetooth V4.0
  • Dimensions 4.9” x 4.9” x 1.67”
  • Form Factor Small Form Factor
  • Operating System Chrome OS

Here is one more positive thing I noted about this release. They have released 3 variants of the Chromebox here, and not just the base model for the namesake. It gives me hope that they will announce something about their Chromebooks too soon here in India. chromebook  Asus Chromebox Launched in India for Rs. 21000 ($342) via IBN Live.

LG Chromebase Launched in India for Rs. 32,000

Don’t ask me if I am excited. I am not. I would love to see more Chromebooks coming to India with a decent price, more like what Motorola managed to do with Moto G. Okay, now the news.

LG has launched its Chromebase all-in-one (AIO) PC in India, priced at Rs. 32,000. That’s about $525.  Amazon US has it listed for $329.99. I am not complaining, no.

The Chromebase is powered by a fourth-generation Intel Celeron processor alongside 2GB of RAM, and comes with a 16GB SSD. It also sports a 1.3-megapixel 720p webcam. The all-in-one computer from LG features built-in 5W speakers. Connectivity options on the LG Chromebase include HDMI, USB 2.0 (x3), USB 3.0 (x1), and LAN (Ethernet). The package also includes a keyboard, mouse, and cable organiser.

chromebook  LG Chromebase Launched in India for Rs. 32,000

On launching  the Chromebase in India

“We are pleased to launch the LG Chromebase computer here in India. The specialty of this computer is that it represents a successful combination of simplicity, power and great design, and all types of users can operate it very easily. LG Chromebase is the wave of the future for desktops and we are expecting its wide adoption not only at home, but especially in schools, hotels, call centres other business settings,” said Mr. Soon Kwon, MD, LG Electronics India.

I do not know if they are planning to sell this online only, like Moto, or the traditional way, picking one or two retailers. I think that doesn’t matter, because people would not be asking for that information, may one or two curious souls here and there.

We’ll see.

via NDTV.

“Quanta”, The Company That Makes OLPC Laptops is Making a Chromebook!

 found  a new education Chromebook from a company called “Quanta Computers” mentioned in the Chromium code today. At first, this was not very exciting to me. We see new boards very often, and we also see new OEMs joining once in a while. However, going through their list of products, I found something interesting. They make the OLPCs. Plus Quanta is the largest manufacturer of notebook computers in the world

OLPC has been in this “Laptops for Education” thing (not as a business) for almost a decade now. We do not know if OLPC has something to do with this. Yet. But if they do, we have something really big here. Even without OLPC’s support, Quanta can still do good in the Chromebook market since schools buy up most of the Chromebooks produced.

chromebook  Quanta, The Company That Makes OLPC Laptops is Making a Chromebook!

Back to the leak.

The leak comes from the recovery.conf directory hosted by Google that allows you to recover your Chromebook should something go wrong. It’s common practice to release the recovery image when the device is announced, but this time it seems to have happened early” says Craig Tumblison.

We do not have any information on the specs yet, not even the basic info like the processor and ports etc.We’ll have to wait for all that. But for now, someone please tell me OLPC is making a Chromebook!!!

 

HP Chromebox Combo with Monitor and Wireless Keyboard & Mouse for $339.97

LG has a Chromebase. HP needs something similar. They put together something with their existing Chromebox and a monitor along with a wireless mouse and keyboard. They call it HP Chromebox CB1-010 Bundle.

Official literature :

Your living room PC delivers your Google world. Transform virtually any monitor or TV with the next-generation HP Chromebox. Access your favorite websites and Google Chrome apps in mere seconds. For surfing, social media or entertainment, this compact and colorful PC unleashes the Internet safely throughout your home.

chromebook  HP Chromebox Combo with Monitor and Wireless Keyboard & Mouse for $339.97

Key Specs

• Intel® Celeron® processor 2955U(2b)
• 2GB PC3-12800 DDR3L-1600 SDRAM memory (3) 1X2GB
(expandable to 4GB)
• 16GB solid-state drive
• Intel® HD Graphics(16)
• Wireless snow white chiclet-style keyboard with volume control,
dedicated Chrome hot keys and optical mouse(42)
• 4 USB 3.0
• Wireless LAN 802.11a/b/g/n featuring Dual-band (2.4GHz and 5GHz)
2×2 MIMO technology and integrated Bluetooth® 4.0(19)(26)
• 1 year limited hardware warranty and 1 year technical support

 Price

The HP Chromebox combo is priced $399.97, but there is an offer. You can buy this from HP for $339.97* with savings of $ 60.00 or 15%**.

Comparing this offer with the LG Chromebase, you have the freedom of going wireless, but the HP combo costs a few bucks extra. This will change when HP drops this initial discount and brings it back to the full retail price, $400.

Sounds like a good offer? Grab it here.

Thanks Brent Sullivan.

Google’s Chromebook Ads for the “Back to School” Season

It’s back to school season in the USA, Google has released these 3 new video ads targeting the biggest Chromebooks fans out there, students. Here are they, for your viewing pleasure!

The new ads follow the same “For Everyone” theme, tuned a bit to suit students. All that a student needs in a laptop, they say.

“Hexa” Chromebooks Now Shipping from Amazon. Touchscreen Model Coming Soon?

Canada based “Hexa” announced Chromebooks back in May and they are now available on their website and Amazon. The Chromebook, named Hexa Chromebook Pi, is available for $$295.59 on Hexa’s website and $254.00 + shipping on Amazon.

Specs

  • Intel® Bay Trail-M Dual Processor Cores; N2830
  • 1.7GHz
  • 11.6″ Display
  • HD 1366 x 768 resolution (200-nit) TN 16:9 aspect ratio eDP interface
  • 32GB eMMC on board
  • 4 GB RAM
  • Intel® HD Graphics
  • HD Camera (1.3M/0.3M) with digital MIC

Now, to the most interesting part of the story. If you look at the product listing on their website, you will see the display of this Chromebook listed as Touchscreen (Optional). So clearly, they have a touchscreen Chromebook getting ready.

chromebook  Hexa Chromebooks Now Shipping from Amazon. Touchscreen Model Coming Soon?

According to Brent Sullivan who contacted Hexa support team about this, “They will be following up that model with a touchscreen 11.6″ model.  They couldn’t comment on an exact date, other than soon. I did ask about pricing on that unit, and was told they are going to try to get it in under $300 if possible.  No exact price yet.”

Now, the question is, are they bringing something new to the board? Nothing yet, except for the 4 GB RAM which Chromebook lovers will appreciate for sure. However, when they bring in the touchscreen model, and get the pricing right, we will see these guys making a good name for themselves.

Are You Buying One?

 

 

Dell Announces Chromebook 11 Variant with Intel i3 Processor

Dell probably did not expect Chromebook 11 to be a success that it has become now. They had to pull it off the shelves to get things going smooth for the education market that they made it for. Now, by launching an i3 variant of the same Chromebook, Dell has responded to this unexpected success of their first Chromebook.

Chromebook 11 with Intel i3 was announced in Japan. The major tech specs look pretty much the same on this i3 variant. There is the similar screen resolution, 2GB and 4GB RAM options and 16GB SSD.

chromebook  Dell Announces Chromebook 11 Variant with Intel i3 Processor

The official press release does not talk about the price, but mentions the availability as ” scheduled to launch in 2014 during the third quarter.”

Now, let me copy paste the complete specs from Dell.com

Display

11.6 inches display, 1366×768 (HDMI port, displayed at a resolution of 1080p to an external display)

Processor

Intel ® Celeron ® 2955U dual-core processor 1.4GHz / Core ™ i3 fourth generation

Memory

4GB (Built-in) DDR3 RAM / 2GB (built-in) DDR3 RAM - options

Hard drive

16GB SSD storage (SATA)

Connection

802.11b / g / n Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 4.0

Wireless Modules(DW1901)

· (With interoperability with IEEE 802.11a / b / g / n WLAN is all CMOS MIMOsolutions) DFS 1 is required for the 5-GHz band

· 2×2 MIMO technology, 802.11a / b / g existing Possible to improve the coverage and effective throughput of product

And spatial multiplexing, CDD 2, LDPC 3, MRC 4, STBC 5, TxBF 6   Support

Security

In addition to the security of the browser-based, hardware TPM, Kensington security lock also provides

Battery operating time

Up to 10 hours

Port / connector

HDMI port, 2x USB 3.0, SD media card reader, 1 x headphone and microphone combo jack (4W built-in stereo speakers)

Web camera

Built-in 720p HD video camera Web

Operating system

Chrome OS

Weight

About 1.32 kg (2.9 lbs)

Warranty

The / service for repair of one year, extended warranty options of 1-4 years

We do not have any official information on the US release dates yet, but I think it will be released there along with any other market they have planned for it.

And yes, I hope they bring it to India as well sometime soon.

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