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CTL announces Tx1 Chrome OS tablet with OP1 processor and stylus for $299

Chrome OS tablets are still in their early stages. The only dedicated tablets currently available are the Pixel Slate, which hasn't been received well, and the education-focused Acer Chromebook Tab 10. Models from other companies are on the way, like the Asus CT100, and now CTL has announced a Chrome OS tablet.

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[Update: Pricing, release info] Brydge has made the first Bluetooth keyboard and touchpad for Chrome OS, and they're beautiful

Historically, Brydge has released keyboards for iPads and Surface Pros, although we became more familiar with the company thanks to the 'Made for Google' Pixel Slate keyboard it recently produced. Brydge's Google intentions don't stop there, though, as it's now announced the first-ever wireless keyboard and touchpad designed exclusively for Chrome OS.

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ASUS Chromebook Flip C434 succeeds the beloved C302, brings smaller bezels and Intel 8th Gen processors

One of the most praised midrange Chromebooks of the past couple of years is the ASUS Chromebook Flip C302. Ask several of our Android Police writers, and they'll sing you its praises for a good ten minutes, even two years after it was first announced. The world moves forward though, and now we have the C302's successor: the Chromebook Flip C434.

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The HP Chromebook 14 is powered by an AMD processor, starts at $269, and comes in white

HP's new Chromebook 14 officially launched this morning, making it one of two AMD Chromebook launches so far during CES. The 14, as the name suggests, is a 14" laptop with an AMD A4 or A6 processor (depending on variant and region), and will start at an extremely reasonable $269. That gets you the AMD A4 processor with a 768p non-touch panel, but I was told that the version with a 1080p touchscreen should come in closer to $300, making it an easy choice for an upgrade.

I had a chance to check it out a few weeks back. The hard, matte plastic exterior gives this laptop a really rugged feeling - it's very confidence-inspiring - and HP says that's to make it attractive to schools (though the Chromebook 14 will be sold in the consumer channel).

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Acer's new Chromebook 315 packs an AMD processor, a big 15.6" screen, and starts at $279

Acer announced a rather large AMD-powered Chromebook at CES this morning (as did HP), the Chromebook 315. The new laptop has a 15.6" display and is available with up to 8GB of RAM and an optional touchscreen. The specifications on the base model aren't clear, but we'd guess you're looking at 4GB of RAM and a non-touch display for the bare bones, which Acer says will start at $279 here in the US. That's a pretty incredible price for a laptop with a 15W processor, though it's not clear how the AMD A4 9120C chip stacks up against comparable Intel products.

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Asus announces the Chromebook Education series with two traditional laptops, a convertible, and a tablet

Chromebooks are popular among consumers, but they're huge in education. Asus has just rolled out a new family of education-focused Chromebooks, which it says are both lightweight and ruggedized. If something does break, the Asus Education series laptops are easy to open up and repair. That's important for anything you're going to give to kids.

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Pixel Slate tablet mode lag attributed to rounded UI elements in Overview, fix is on the way

The Google Pixel Slate is an expensive and impressive piece of hardware, but reviewers — including our own David Ruddock — mostly agree that Chrome OS isn't quite ready for tablets. Even higher-specced versions seem to struggle with animation lag in certain situations, but we may have an explanation for one such case.

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[Update: Flag available in Chrome OS 72 Dev] Chromebooks and tablets will get an option to show the tablet-optimized version of a website

Viewing the full web is one of the great parts of using a Chromebook, but sometimes the full web doesn't feel quite so full - especially if you're exploring it with a touchscreen. Much of the internet remains poorly-optimized for touch, and desktop websites are still, first and foremost, designed for point-and-click experiences. With the launch of the Pixel Slate, Google's senior product manager for Chrome OS, Kan Liu, confirmed to me in an interview that the company is aware that not all websites are going to be a great fit for a touchscreen.

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The best Chromebooks, Chromeboxes, and Chrome OS tablets you can buy right now (Winter 2018)

Chromebooks have come a long way from the original CR-48, and for many, a complete workflow is now possible in the confines of Chrome OS thanks to the addition of Android and Linux application support. But there are quite a lot out there to choose from, and some are better options than others. For your convenience, we've put together a small list of some of our favorite picks, categorized based on your primary consideration.

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Samsung Chromebook Plus V2 LTE review: The only LTE game in town, but that doesn't mean you should buy it

When Google announced Chrome OS as a platform, it talked about LTE as one of the defining characteristics. At the time, Google pitched Chrome OS as always up-to-date and backed up because your laptop would have a constant connection. There have been some LTE-equipped Chromebooks but none for the past few years as manufacturers have focused more on the budget end of the market. The new Samsung Chromebook Plus V2 brings LTE back to Chrome OS, but it does so with a higher price tag.

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