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Are Chromebooks Finally Finding Their Stride?

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    Are Chromebooks finally finding their stride? - Liliputing (click for full article)

    by Brad Linder - July 11, 2013

    "When Google introduces Chrome OS a few years ago, a lot of people wondered why they'd run an operating system based around a browser. Now a lot of people seem to be doing just that.

    Bloomberg spoke to researchers at NPD, IDC, and Gartner, and reports that analysts say up to a quarter of laptops sold for less than $300 in the past 8 months were Chromebooks, Chrome OS laptops make up around 4 to 5 percent of the notebook market in the US right now, and they're the fastest-growing segment of the PC industry."
     
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    Google Chromebook Under $300 Defies PC Market With Growth - Bloomberg (click for full article)

    by Brian Womack - July 10, 2013

    "Google Inc. (GOOG)'s Chromebook was dismissed as a bare-bones laptop with limited appeal when it debuted two years ago. Now it's defying skeptics and gaining share as the rest of the personal-computer market shrinks.

    Chromebooks have in just the past eight months snagged 20 percent to 25 percent of the U.S. market for laptops that cost less than $300, according to NPD Group Inc. The devices, which have a full keyboard and get regular software updates from Google, are the fastest-growing part of the PC industry based on price, NPD said."
     
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    Acer C7 Chromebook expanded for K-12 educational market with two new models - SlashGear (click for full article)

    by Brittany Hillen - July 18, 2013

    "Acer has expanded its C7 Chromebook line for the educational market, tossing in some small hardware changes and tacking on a starting price of $259 ESP. The models are being aimed towards all levels of the K12 market - students, teachers, and administration, with Acer saying its combination of features offer the kind of things such an environment requires.


    There are two new models as part of the educational expansion, with both of them featuring a 16GB SSD, as well as a six-cell battery that has a reported life of 6 hours. The lesser of the two models, the C710-2826 has 2GB of RAM, while the higher end model, the C710-2815 has 4GB of RAM. Boot time is said to be 8-seconds, with instant resume from sleep mode.


    Under the hood, both models run an Intel Celeron 847 dual-core 1.10GHz processor, and feature dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n. The LCD is an 11.6-inch HD Widescreen CineCrystal with an LED backlight and resolution of 1280 x 720. Video output is comprised of an HDMI slot and VGA, while connectivity includes 3 USB ports and an SD card slot. There's also an Ethernet port for wired Internet connections.


    Said Acer's VP of US Commercial Sales Gregg Prendergast, "Our new Acer C7 Chromebooks deliver exactly what the K-12 education market and so many businesses require - solid performance at an affordable price with up to 6-hours of battery life. Acer C7 Chromebooks will help our customers at schools - students, teachers and administrators - as well as our business customers, get to work and be productive right away for longer."


    There's a Kensington lock for physical security, and educational buyers will have access to Acer Premier Care, as well as an option for Acer Educare Warranty Program. Both models come with a limited parts and labor warranty. The 2GB RAM C7 model is priced at $259, while the 4GB RAM C7 Chromebook model is priced at $279."
     
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