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Acer Chromebook 11 (2018) hands-on: USB-C and a blue finish keep things fresh

The Chromebook product segment continues to gather steam as time goes on. Acer recently announced a 2018 refresh for its Chromebook 11, adding USB-C ports and Android app support (versus mixed support on older models). For our first stop here at CES, we dropped by Acer to take a look at this laptop. Best of all, we got to see the nice-looking blue model, which immediately caught my eye.

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HP announces two new Chromebooks and the Chromebox G2 desktop

CES is almost upon us, but a few companies aren't waiting to make announcements. HP just unveiled two new Chromebooks, one 11-inch and one 13-inch, targeted towards the educational market. The company also announced the Chromebox G2, a successor to the 2014 HP Chromebox.

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Acer's new Chromebook 11 has USB-C and Android app support, starts at $249

Acer has just announced its new Chromebook 11 (CB311-8H/T). Although this new Chromebook has USB-C support for power and peripherals, as well as an alleged 10-hour battery, its specs are balanced by a low-resolution display and an uncertain Celeron-badged processor. Starting at $249 and available in touch and non-touch versions, this new model doesn't actually go on sale until later this year—April in the US and March for the rest of the world. 

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[Killer Deal Alert 2: Electric Boogaloo] New Acer Chromebook 15 is just $299.99 ($100 off) with free Google Home from Best Buy

Chromebooks are getting pretty good these days, and a perfect example of this is Acer's new Chromebook 15. We last saw this discounted a couple of weeks ago to as low as $319, but the latest deal that Best Buy is offering tops that pretty handily. You can currently get a Chromebook 15 for only $299.99 ($100 off), plus a free Google Home to boot.

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New commit shows possibility of Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 powered Chromebooks

At the unveiling of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 earlier this month, Microsoft and Qualcomm announced "always-connected" Windows 10 notebook PCs with LTE support and batteries that last throughout the day. For Microsoft's part, this new initiative is separate from the previous Windows RT releases, as these systems can seamlessly run x86-64 32-bit x86 apps. A newly discovered commit indicates that Snapdragon 845-powered Chromebooks are being developed as well.

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[Deal Alert] Pixelbook is $100 off ($899+) with free Google Home from B&H, Best Buy, and Google, $100 off with $50 credit from Amazon

If you read our review, you'll know the Google Pixelbook is a fantastic Chromebook. Unfortunately, it also has a fantastically-high price, comparable to most Windows-powered ultrabooks. If you've been looking to buy one regardless, now is a good time. All models are $100 off from a variety of retailers, with some free goodies thrown in.

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[Free Alert] Grab 6 months of Netflix for absolutely nothing if you own a Pixelbook or a Samsung Chromebook Plus/Pro

Google often likes to give free things to people after they've purchased their products. Just look at Chromecast owners and all the Google Play credit they're drowning in. Now the same thing appears to be happening to owners of certain Chromebooks; if you own a Google Pixelbook, a Samsung Chromebook Plus, or a Samsung Chromebook Pro, you can get six months of Netflix for the incredible price of free.99.

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Most Wanted: The best tablets and Chromebooks you can buy (2017)

An updated version of this guide is available here.

The giving season is almost upon us, and if you didn't get your holiday shopping done during the sales running from Black Friday to Cyber Monday, then you might want to start now. Thankfully, if someone on your list is interested in a big-screen device for running apps, we're here to help. Here's a nice simple list of our favorite Chromebooks and tablets for your consideration.

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Microsoft Office Android apps now available on all Chromebooks

For years, one of the most common complaints about Chromebooks was that they couldn't run the Office suite of applications. Microsoft has offered Android apps for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for a few years now, but they weren't made available to all Chromebooks for some reason.

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[Update x2: Now $319] Deal alert: The new Acer Chromebook 15 is already $41 off ($359) at Best Buy

Acer is one of many companies manufacturing Chromebooks, and it came out with a new 15.6" model just last month. If you read Jordan's review, you'll know it's a pretty solid laptop, especially considering the price. If you want to grab one, it's already $41 off at Best Buy.

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