Given the amount of time most people spend on their computers surfing the web — whether for school, work, or play — a low-cost computing device like Google’s Chromebooks make a lot of sense. Today, Google has announced a few new entries into the Chromebook space, with new laptops from Haier and Hisense — all running Google’s Chrome OS. They’re not available just yet, but they can be pre-ordered for $150 from Amazon and Walmart.
Google also unveiled a new high-end Chromebook from ASUS, called the Chromebook Flip. As the name suggests, the ASUS Chromebook Flip is a convertible, ultra-portable laptop measuring in at just 15mm in thickness, and less than 2lbs in weight. The Flip also features an all-metal construction and a touch screen, should you want to go keyboard-less. The Chromebook Flip will launch this spring and be priced at $250.
Probably the most interesting new device was ASUS’ new $100 Chromebit HDMI dongle. It’s about the size of a candybar and features a full blown Chrome OS along with hardware specs like a Rockchip 3288 ARM Cortex-A17 quad-core processor, ARM Mali 760 GPU, 16GB of internal storage, 2GB RAM, USB port, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, and Bluetooth 4.0. It even has a swivel to help it reach those hard-to-reach places behind your TV.
Once plugged in, it’ll level up your television and could come in handy if you enjoy keeping up with The Walking Dead on the web. While extremely affordable, other necessary hardware like a keyboard or mouse is sold separately, but you should have no trouble finding those.