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Samsung Convertible Chromebook
The new model — and its lower-end variant the Chromebook Plus — was developed closely with Google to provide hardware closely tailored for the ideal Chrome OS experience, and the result is a laptop that will hit all of the big points for most people. A thin-and-light body, brilliant QHD display, powerful internals, USB-C ports and the addition of a fantastic stylus brought over from the Galaxy Note line of phones and tablets.
Google and Samsung are extremely excited to bring this new Chromebook to the market, and we're just as excited to tell you about it.
The Chromebook Pro is also impressively light for a laptop of its size, coming in at just 2.38 pounds. I set my standard for an acceptable weight of a laptop in this class at 3 pounds, and much of the competition has pushed over that mark. Not only is the light weight important for daily usability and portability, it's a requirement if you're going to be flipping around this screen and holding it up in your hands.
One of the best indications that the Chromebook Pro was worked on closely with Google is its 3:2 aspect ratio display. This extra-tall display format was used on both of its Chromebook Pixels and also its Pixel C tablet to confusion at first, but has since converted many to love it. In general I'm a big fan of the taller display, as it simply gives you more vertical room to read and work online with less scrolling and page zooming. Beyond the aspect ratio, the panel itself is magnificent. With a 2400x1600 resolution and 400 nits of brightness it is quite easily the best I've seen on a Chromebook.
Acer Chromebook 14 Inch Full HD
Chromebooks come in a range of sizes and configurations these days, including convertible models that double up as both laptop and tablet. However, Acer's Chromebook 14 (CB3-431) is a straightforward device that simply aims to provide a low-cost alternative to a traditional laptop.
The challenge for any Chromebook, of course, is to keep prices low without making too many compromises. Thankfully, the Chromebook 14 achieves that aim, providing good build quality and connectivity, along with a 14-inch display, at a highly competitive price. The 14-inch display is bright and clear, with 1,366-by-768 resolution (112ppi). The colours aren't quite as crisp and vivid as we might like, suggesting that the contrast could be improved, but the display is perfectly adequate for web browsing, video streaming and simple document creation. Sound quality is good too.
NEW! ACER Chromebook 15
ACER Chromebook R11
If Price is probably on your mind if you're looking at Chromebooks like The Acer Chromebook R11.
With an attractive, if not overly-flashy design, the Acer Chromebook R11 enters the competitive arena of budget laptops carrying a recommended price tag of $329 (£221, AU$455), but it can currently be found at sub-$300 price points for the 2GB model. For comparison's sake, the 11.6-inch Chromebook R11 competes in the same range as the rugged Dell Chromebook 11 ($249, £170, AU$320) and the sleek Asus Chromebook Flip ($249, £160, AU$337), which also features a 360-degree convertible display.
The Acer Chromebook is an absolutely stunning brushed aluminum Chromebook™ with an immersive display and upward facing speakers for a truly stunning entertainment experience. The metal cover of the Chromebook™ 15 gives you the look and feel you want with the strength you need. Share what's on your Chromebook screen with friends and family as colors stay true no matter what angle you're viewing from. With a battery life of up to 12-hours, your laptop is designed to stay at your side for the entirety of the day. Wide-Angle Webcam Stop crowding around the laptop and let more of the room be seen with the Acer Chromebook 88° wide-angle webcam.
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