A thin and light laptop that's pretty thin and really light
MWC 2023 is just kicking off, and as always, this year's show isn't limited to smartphones alone. If you're in the market for a new affordable Chromebook, Lenovo's got you covered. While it might not impress you with superpowered specs or flashy RGB lighting, the IdeaPad Slim 3 Chromebook looks like an excellent entry in the thin-and-light field — and all for well under $400.
A new Mediatek-powered model looks like it's in the works
Google has set up a tall tentpole for ChromeOS and everyone's been invited under the tarp. Much of the attention has been paid to the best of the best Chromebooks meant for professionals and gamers in recent days, but not all new and noteworthy devices require buyers to splash out. We're hearing about some decent possibilities with a new detachable device based off of a new board design.
The Vero lineup makes its education debut, along with three other Chromebooks
Acer makes some of the best Chromebooks around and regularly releases new models. We saw the company unveiled the Chromebox CXI5 (yes, that’s box, not book) at CES earlier this year, but that was aimed at the average consumer. Acer has now announced a new lineup of Chromebooks designed specifically for education clients. It includes the company’s first-ever Vero-series Chromebook specifically for education.
The Chromebook Vibe CX34 is rocking a 144Hz screen with an RGB keyboard and more
Asus made some serious waves at CES 2023 with a pair of strong ChromeOS offerings. Alongside a new Qi-enabled Chromebox 5, the Taiwanese company announced a beastly new Chromebook catered to the burgeoning cloud gaming market.
A 1,200-nit touchscreen, 16GB of RAM, and quad speakers make it perfect for work and play
While the HP Elite Dragonfly Chromebook stunned audiences at CES last year — mostly with its wallet-slaying price tag — HP brought another Dragonfly Chromebook to CES 2023. The HP Dragonfly Pro features all the premium features you'd expect in a "professional"-focused laptop — 12th Gen i5 with 16GB of RAM, 8MP webcam for all those video calls, a 14-inch QHD 1,200-nit touchscreen for seamless indoor or outdoor use — and a few more that liven things up from corporate copycat to undercover operator.
It may be neat, tidy, and upgradeable, but that's a Chromebox and a USB-C monitor
While there aren't many awesome new Chromebooks at CES 2023, we're seeing some Chrome diversity from Acer in what it's calling a "modular" all-in-one, the Acer Add-in-One 24. (No, that's not a typo. Yes, really.) Before we dive into this enigma of a desktop bundle, we first begin with its heart: the Acer Chromebox CXI5. It's been two years since its predecessor, the CXI4, and while the exterior design is quite similar, it's getting the 12th Gen Intel processors it needs to keep up with its enterprise competitors.
120Hz displays, anti-ghosting keyboards, and Wi-Fi 6 are the big points here
Google may not be in the cloud gaming arena (or, should we say, stadium) anymore, but the ChromeOS department has been preparing to go all out with a campaign for people who'd otherwise be Windows or console buyers to plug their controllers into a Chromebook. We've got three fresh ones to talk about today with all of them providing the best aspects one would expect from a ChromeOS device while also pushing some key gamer-focused tenets.
Take a Lenovo IdeaPad and stick some lights on it
The past couple of days have been dominated by Google's announcement about shutting down Stadia by January 2023. The decision, while sadly expected, also took many by surprise — including game developers who were just days or weeks away from launching their titles. But there may be a sliver of hope for gaming enthusiasts within the Google ecosystem. Lenovo is seemingly preparing the release of a "gaming" oriented Chromebook, aptly named the Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook.
USI 2.0 is here, but it's not backward compatible
Rather than using proprietary styli that vary from manufacturer to manufacturer, Chromebooks use the Universal Stylus Initiative. So, no matter what awesome Chromebook you buy, so long as it supports USI, you could use any USI styli with it, whether the pen was made by HP or Logitech or anyone else.
It also brought a ruggedly underwhelming Chrome OS tablet
Next @ Acer unveiled a whole slew of PCs and desktops, but alongside those announcements came two brand-new Chromebooks — and the Acer Chromebook Spin 514 (3H) that we previewed two weeks ago. The Acer Chromebook Tab 510 is another 10-inch Snapdragon-powered Chrome OS tablet with a mind towards durability. However, with only "Up to 4GB RAM", you'll likely want to skip it in lieu of 8GB models like the HP Chromebook X2 (which is still $300 off right now) or the Lenovo Chromebook Duet 5, which are two of the best Chromebooks on the market today.
The Galaxy Chromebook 2 360 shouldn't be confused with the Galaxy Chromebook 2
If your school district is making decisions on which laptops it will want to cycle in for the upcoming school year, they'll have to made soon. Complicating and spicing up the process will be Samsung's compact follow-up to last year's Galaxy Chromebook 2: the Galaxy Chromebook 2 360 is now on sale.
Check for an update now if you're affected
Updating your device is supposed to make it better — right? It's pretty frustrating when operating system updates introduce new problems rather than fixing the ones that already exist, like we might have just seen when Google Assistant started speaking the wrong language with Android Auto. Now it's time for Chromebook users to share in the misery, as it looks like a Chrome OS update may have rendered some Chromebook cameras useless for the moment.