Chromebooks are great if you want a super-cheap computer, but they're not without their limitations; you (basically) have to run everything in a browser. And Microsoft is aiming to give them some competition with full Windows 8 machines around those same, dumb low price points.
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Google's Chromebook line is often maligned as inexpensive but underpowered or, in the case of the Pixel, a really nice screen in front of limited functionality and an exorbitant price tag. But by pairing a solid build with a $399 price tag, HP seems to have finally found the right balance of affordability and performance in the new Chromebook 11.
Netbooks, those tiny, underpowered computers that were once held up as the saviour of the laptop market, have long since fallen from favour. When Dell announced it was ending production, the end was nigh — and now the last remaining manufacturers, Asus and Acer, have confirmed that the netbook is officially dead.
Windows 8 hardware sales are off to a slow start as shoppers scratch their heads over Microsoft's new operating system and flock to low-cost tablets instead. Could a souped-up netbook save the day? The latest hybrids powered by Intel Atom processors promise the best of both worlds: the versatility of a laptop combined with the portability of a touch screen slate. But now that we've tested a couple of these detachables, I've concluded that the folks who price these things are detached from reality.
Netbooks? They're already dead to us. But that hasn't stopped manufacturers churning them out. Now Dell has announced that it's killing them off — a sure sign they're done.
We'd already said that netbooks are dead, but it was maybe more accurate then to say that they were dying. Now, not only have netbook shipments precipitously declined, they're getting positively banged out by tablets. As they should.
Google recently released its own line of Chrome OS-clad netbooks, but with only a few choices, a somewhat high price tag and no clear Aussie release plans. As such, you might be more comfortable running Chrome OS on your own machine. Here's how to install it on your current laptop or netbook.
Today I had my first chance to test drive MeeGo, the Linux variant designs for use on low-power and embedded devices. I had a play with the OS on both netbook and tablet devices, as well as a very quick look at MeeGo on an in-car system. How's it stacking up against the Androids and Chromebooks of the world?
This is novel - Nokia may not have released any MeeGo phones in the end, but Asus' Eee PC X101 dual boots both Nokia and Intel's beleaguered MeeGo OS or Windows 7. No ubiquitous Android or Linux here, folks.
Once upon a time, Google promised that their much-hyped Chrome OS laptops would be coming in mid-year. Alas, details of a Samsung Chromebook, codenamed Alex, have surfaced in the Chromium code group, giving us hope that they'll soon arrive.
Intel's inability to crack the mobile market has been a growing blemish on their record, an increasingly sore spot that's seen the processor giant sit out the biggest new product category since the laptop. Sure, there have been tablets with Intel inside, but they've been solidly second-rate battery suckers. So how will intel catch up? By throwing Moore's law out the window, and upgrading its Atom processor at unprecedented speeds.