Chromebooks Stories March 16

Announced in January at CES 2023, HP has today opened sales of the Dragonfly Pro Chromebook, which packs a punch with its spec sheet.

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Chromebooks Stories March 15

After years of demand, Minecraft is finally coming to Chromebooks with the “Bedrock Edition” available in early access starting today, but you’ll need to fork over a bit more to get access.

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Chromebooks Stories February 27

Google says that, finally, Fast Pair is coming to ChromeOS.

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Chromebooks Stories February 26

Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 3 Chromebook packs latest MediaTek chip

Launching this May, the Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 3 Chromebook is packing new MediaTek chips.

Chromebooks Stories February 13

Minecraft is one of the most popular games on the planet, and it’s available on a lot of different devices, too. Chromebooks, though, have never had official support for Chromebooks, with many turning to hacky methods to run the game instead. But it seems that, soon, that will change, as an official “trial” is now underway for testing Minecraft on Chromebooks.

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Chromebooks Stories January 31

One of the aspects of Chromebooks that has been a negative for many over the years is the lack of Microsoft’s Office suite, but as those apps improve their experiences on the web, ChromeOS is about to add better integration with Microsoft 365.

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Chromebooks Stories January 26

How to easily find all keyboard shortcuts on your Chromebook

ChromeOS is a fully capable operating system and makes Chromebooks a great option for users. While there are tons of keyboard shortcuts in ChromeOS, you only really need to know one. This guide will take you through using the keyboard shortcut hub on your Chromebook.

Chromebooks Stories January 25

The rise of AMD-powered Chromebooks has arrived, with Acer’s new Chromebook Spin 514 being one of the first big launches. After a brief spin with it last year, I’ve been using the Spin 514 with its AMD Ryzen 5 5000 series processor for the past few weeks. Here’s what you should know.

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Chromebooks Stories January 13

How to find your Chromebook’s update schedule and how many updates you have left

Chromebooks are incredible tools, so long as they’re able to receive updates to keep them up and running properly. This guide will help you find the schedule of exactly how long your Chromebook should receive updates so you can be confident in using it for years to come.

Chromebooks Stories January 6

The HP Dragonfly Pro Chromebook might be the next “flagship” for the platform, and at CES 2023, we had the pleasure of checking it out in person.

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The selection of Chromebooks has evolved over the years, but has always been built on the back of one core market – affordable laptops. Coming later this year, the Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 3i is the latest affordable Chromebook from the company, and it might just be one of the most exciting machines on 2023’s ChromeOS roadmap so far.

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Chromebooks Stories January 4

With Google pushing gaming Chromebooks so heavily, more manufacturers are breaking ground with some of the best-performing and heavily equipped Chromebooks we’ve ever seen. The Vibe CX34 – announced at CES 2023 from ASUS – is one of those, boasting a gorgeous display, attractive chassis, and internals that would make you question the idea of ChromeOS entirely.

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This time last year, HP undoubtedly announced the flagship ChromeOS device. At CES 2023, the HP Dragonfly Pro Chromebook is taking things a step further.

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Chromebooks Stories December 30, 2022

While it’s up to the market to prove (or disprove) Google’s belief that Android Tablets are the “future of computing,” the other big obstacle comes from within the company. Chromebooks can very much compete for that mantle, with Android and ChromeOS once again converging in functionality and use case. 

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Chromebooks Stories December 29, 2022

If one thing became clear about the Google Pixel lineup in 2022, it was that Google is pushing hard to create a proper ecosystem of hardware. In 2023, that will include a folding phone and the Pixel Tablet, but one thing missing from the equation is a new Pixelbook. 

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Chromebooks Stories December 20, 2022

The Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 3i Chromebook is the first new Chromebook we’re hearing about ahead of CES 2023, and it looks like it will be a killer offer in the budget market with an affordable price, but lots of premium features.

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Chromebooks Stories December 13, 2022

Chromebooks have certainly made their mark for those who need productivity on the go without all the prowess of an energy-sucking laptop. It seems though, that the tables have turned, and the era of gaming Chromebooks is here, starting with the impressive Lenovo i5 Gaming Chromebook.

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Chromebooks Stories December 9, 2022

One of the first “gaming” ChromeOS devices, the Acer Chromebook 516 GE is the definitive device for cloud gaming, even if that’s an oxymoron.

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Chromebooks Stories November 26, 2022

Zoom finally defaults to its Progressive Web App on Chromebooks

Zoom for Chromebooks started off without many of the features as the same experience on Windows and other platforms but finally caught up thanks to the debut of its Progressive Web App (PWA) last year. Now, Zoom finally defaults to the PWA on Chromebooks.

Chromebooks Stories November 25, 2022

Best Black Friday Chromebook deals: Amazon Chromebook sale from $80 (New lows), more

The best Black Friday Chromebook deals have arrived for Thanksgiving Day. Joining the rest of the Android offers from Samsung, Google, OnePlus and others, we are also now tracking some serious price drops on a range of Chromebook models. HP, ASUS, Acer, and Lenovo are all getting in on the savings right now with up to $290 off the going rates and deals starting from just $79 shipped. Head below for a closer look at the best Black Friday Chromebook deals now live and be sure to check back for more as we move through the week. 

Chromebooks Stories November 10, 2022

MediaTek’s new Chromebook chips bring better display support for entry-level laptops

While Intel and AMD rule the premium laptop sector on ChromeOS, MediaTek has shown time and time again to be a pretty solid choice for entry-level Chromebooks. This week, MediaTek is announcing the Kompanio 520 and 528 chips, which improve display support among other things for affordable Chromebooks.

Chromebooks Stories November 3, 2022

After Android apps and the cloud, Steam is the third way you can play games on ChromeOS. Steam is now entering beta and supporting several more Chromebooks.

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Chromebooks Stories October 14, 2022

Lenovo’s $399 cloud gaming Chromebook with 120Hz screen now available

Earlier this week, Google announced cloud gaming Chromebooks in a big push with one of the tentpoles being a $399 120Hz ChromeOS laptop from Lenovo, which is now available from Walmart.

Chromebooks Stories October 11, 2022

Chromebooks are no longer just a category within the broader laptop form factor. ChromeOS-powered devices span from affordable to midrange and premium, as well as traditional notebooks, convertibles, and tablets. Google now wants to make cloud gaming Chromebooks happen in a rather bold (and literal) play.

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Chromebooks Stories September 23, 2022

This week the Framework Chromebook was announced as the first modular ChromeOS laptop. The ideas behind Framework are ambitious, to say the least, but how will this Chromebook version differ from the Windows option, and what about modules? In a Q&A on Hacker News, Framework’s founder has answered some of the community’s biggest questions around this new device.

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Chromebooks Stories September 21, 2022

Google and Framework are working together on a modular Chromebook that can be upgraded with various components over time and is set for early December availability with pre-orders opening today.

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Chromebooks Stories September 16, 2022

While there are more and more premium Chrome OS devices, the category very much excels at the cheaper end of the market. When buying those Chromebooks next year, you might notice that it will be running an “Intel Processor” instead of Pentium or Celeron.

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Chromebooks Stories September 15, 2022

ChromeOS has long looked to Google’s own hardware as its trendsetter, an example of “the best” the platform had to offer. But in 2022, Google is mostly absent from its own platform. The last Pixelbook was the “Go” model released in 2019, which was mostly underwhelming. Now, though, HP has reinvigorated that flame with the Elite Dragonfly Chromebook – a Pixelbook reborn.

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Chromebooks Stories August 31, 2022

Lenovo is kicking off IFA 2022 and its holiday lineup with the IdeaPad 5i Chromebook, as well as a ThinkCentre M60q Chromebox Enterprise.

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Chromebooks Stories August 23, 2022

As part of a series of “Green Day” announcements — no, not the band — Acer has unveiled its first Chromebook in the eco-conscious Vero series, which promises to be repairable and recycleable.

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Chromebooks Stories July 18, 2022

How to type special characters and symbols on a Chromebook

The average keyboard only has so many characters labeled on it for use. Beyond that, there are plenty of other symbols and punctuation that are worth using, yet have no home on a Chromebook’s QWERTY keyboard. This guide will show you how to use Unicode shortcuts to type special characters on a Chromebook.

Chromebooks Stories June 30, 2022

Chromebook shipments expected to drop 30% in 2022, as entire PC market slips

Chromebooks saw an explosion in 2020 amid the pandemic, but it seems that success is drying up. According to analysts, Chromebook shipments will drop by 30% by the end of 2022.

Chromebooks Stories June 16, 2022

Two things saw explosive growth in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic: Chromebooks and Zoom. Now, the video-calling app is shutting down its previous Chromebook app to make way for something better.

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Chromebooks Stories June 15, 2022

USI 2.0 stylus standard used on Chromebooks has some problems with older pens

A good stylus can make or break the experience of using a tablet for some, but often pens are limited to just a single type of device. That problem is what the Universal Stylus Initiative aims to solve, but with USI 2.0, things aren’t quite so “universal,” as it breaks support for older pens.

Chromebooks Stories May 26, 2022

Chromebooks are quite popular in schools for their mix of affordability, ease of management, and utility. Another growing use case sees libraries across the US acquire Chrome OS laptops and make them available to patrons for extended periods of time. Here’s our non-exhaustive list of library systems that let you borrow a Chromebook and internet hotspot. 

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Chromebooks Stories May 25, 2022

Google adds new Chromebook wallpaper collection for Pride 2022 [Gallery]

Google has released a new collection of wallpapers to Chromebooks today in advance of LGBTQ+ Pride Month, which begins June 1. The collection, aptly titled “Pride,” combines the work of four different artists to further the company’s tradition of honoring cultural events through art on connected devices.

Chromebooks Stories May 18, 2022

The next two devices from Acer show the diversity of Chrome OS, with the ultra premium Chromebook Spin 714 and the affordable Chromebook Tab 510.

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Chromebooks Stories May 17, 2022

Lenovo unveils ThinkPad C14 Chromebook, built to be reliable and ready to deploy for businesses

The latest Chromebook from Lenovo brings the reliability and signature design of the ThinkPad series to business customers.

Chromebooks Stories May 13, 2022

Chromebooks have long been criticized for their lack of ways to edit photos and videos. While there are some solid web apps, the tide is finally turning. LumaFusion, a popular video editor from iOS, previously announced that it would be launching an app on Chrome OS, and at I/O Google has shown off the app up and running on a Chromebook.

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Chromebooks Stories May 11, 2022

Chromebooks get an official PWA for Webex Meetings [Video]

The COVID-19 pandemic led to a huge number of video calls and a massive boom in sales of Chromebooks. As a result, Google’s desktop platform has gotten more attention from apps. Today in the midst of Google I/O, Cisco announced that Webex is getting an official PWA for Chromebooks.

Chromebooks Stories May 5, 2022

HP is expanding its lineup of business-ready Chromebooks, with the first ChromeOS devices to offer a smart card reader, including one model with the latest AMD Ryzen processors.

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Ushering in a new era of AMD chips on Chrome OS, the Acer Chromebook Spin 514 is getting a 2022 refresh with a Ryzen 5000 series chip and other new tweaks. And we’ve had a chance to take an early look at the device.

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The vast majority of Chromebooks on the market today run on top of either Intel or ARM-based chips from brands such as MediaTek. But as Chrome OS enters a new era that includes support for Steam, there are new options coming out. Today, AMD is announcing Ryzen 5000 “C-Series” chips for Chromebooks.

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Chromebooks Stories April 25, 2022

Zoom app for Chromebooks gains better virtual background support, more

Zoom launched its revamped Chromebook app last year with some big upgrades, but it was still a limited experience compared to other platforms. As a part of its latest updates, the Zoom PWA for Chromebook app has picked up better support for virtual background options and more.

Chromebooks Stories April 20, 2022

Evernote for Android updated with Chromebook-optimized UI

For the past several years, Google has been making a big push to get developers to optimize their apps for large screens, including Chrome OS. The latest example sees Evernote update its Android app for Chromebooks.

Chromebooks Stories April 7, 2022

Google working to fix broken cameras on some Chromebooks following recent Chrome OS updates

Chrome OS updates come often and are a breeze to install, but like with anything else, there’s always the potential for things to go a little bit wrong. With some recent Chrome OS updates, it seems as though some Chromebook owners have noticed their onboard cameras have broken.

Chromebooks Stories March 24, 2022

Chromebooks get a new $40 wireless keyboard and mouse combo from CTL w/ ‘Everything’ button

If a Chromebook or Chromebox is your daily machine, you’ve got a new official keyboard and mouse combo option available for pre-order now with a native layout, certification from Google, and more. Here’s what you need to know about CTL’s new wireless keyboard combo for Chrome OS.

Chromebooks Stories March 22, 2022

Chromebooks have always been thought of as cheap laptops running a glorified web browser instead of an operating system, but times have certainly changed. Today, you can buy powerful Chromebooks and use them to run local Android and Linux apps and, now, that’s extending to games. Google has officially released Steam for Chrome OS, at least in its alpha state, and we’ve been able to take a first look at it in action.

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