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Say Hello toHaier Chromebook 11 the $149 Chromebook

haier-chromebookI never used chromebook before, but how different it is than using a chrome browser…lot of comments about how innovative these machines are, but haven’t mentioned what those innovations are…low impact processor ? is that a new name you have invented for a low power processors ? I guess if Windows machine comes with these specs, techradar will review is as underwhelming and whine about how they cut lot of corners to make the machine’s cost low…definitely attitude does make a thing look good or ugly.So many things to be said for Chromebooks! On one hand – yes, the Google Drive system is fantastic, and having all your files stored online saves so much hassle when switching from one computer to another – no USB’s, no memory sticks, no dongles, just sign in and run with it. In terms of quality as well, particularly the Google Chromebook 11 is so lightweight and small, you can slip it in your bag and go with no heavy cases or bulky chargers to lug around with you. Display has always worked well for me, I have never had any issues with viruses or security, and the keyboard/track pad have always been fantastic. I can’t say I’ve ever felt the need for a touchscreen laptop so it’s lack of that hardly came into it.
However – there were so many things wrong with Chromebook, that I’ve now actually had to resort to buying a second laptop just to function properly. This may be a fault with my laptop alone, but the charger. I’ve gone through 3 different chargers so far (all paid for by Google – thanks Google 🙂 ) and all have cut out on me. They work for a couple of weeks, but then all of a sudden they won’t charge. No little light comes on, no power up, and during exam season, this is considered a national crisis. I’ve tried a reboot, a hard reboot, replacing the battery, swapping adapters, phone chargers…nothing. And even when it does charge, the maximum battery life I can get is 3 hours before it needs charging again. On top of this, the Chrome OS system is actually a lot more limiting than I originally thought. Literally nothing works with it. Nothing. No external hard drives, no external DVD players – if you want to watch a film, you do it online or not all (not really helping the argument for piracy there Google) My USB sticks won’t connect, digital cameras are completely out – to get any photos online you have to upload them to Google Drive or Facebook directly from the camera and go from there. Printers are completely non-compatible, unless sanctioned by Google themselves, and any additional software, extensions or apps must be taken from the App Store, or they just won’t connect. Final Cut Pro? Out. Professional music editing software? Nope. But ‘Cut The Rope’ and ‘WeVideo’ – go for it! On the whole, I was incredibly excited to be buying a Chromebook, with it’s superlow price, it’s exciting modern style, it’s lightweight casing – but in the end, it’s lasted me less than a year, and I’m already calling quits with it. Sorry Google, but please make friends with other operating systems next time – it’ll make you a lot more popular.Not only is it possible, it’s possible times two: The Haier Chromebook 11 and Hisense Chromebook have price tags of just $149. They’re about to go on sale at Amazon and Walmart, respectively.

What in the wide, wide world of Web is going on here? How can a full-fledged 11.6-inch laptop sell for about the same price as a 7-inch Kindle Fire tablet? Surely these are cheap, slowpoke machines not good for any real computing tasks. Right? Right?!

Ultimately, it depends on the tasks. As you’ve no doubt guessed from the names, these are Chromebooks, meaning they run Google’s Chrome OS, not Microsoft’s Windows. That’s a good thing in many ways: Chromebooks boot and shut down in seconds, are more or less impervious to viruses, run smoothly on minimal hardware, don’t bog down over time, and come with everything you need for everyday computing.

Hisense ChromebookBy that I mean Web browsing, natch, but also e-mail, word processing, image editing, Evernote, Netflix, Twitter, and so on. You know how you can do pretty much anything on, say, an Android tablet? Same goes for a Chromebook, except you get the added benefits of a keyboard and larger screen.

The flipside, of course, is that you can’t run any Windows software you might need to run — in which case a Chromebook makes little sense. But for students, grandparents, anyone on a tight computing budget, and people who are fed up with Windows hassles anyway, this is kind of amaze-balls.

The Haier and Hisense machines are extremely similar on the spec front, each with a 1.8GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of flash storage and a 1,366 x 768-pixel native resolution. Hisense promises 8.5 hours of runtime between trips to the outlet; Haier, 10 hours — despite being the slightly smaller of the two. But Hisense’s model adds a design flourish in the form of a metal wrist-rest beneath the keyboard.

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