Google‘s Chrome-flavored hardware portfolio continues to grow with even more slightly hidden, but very palatable choices for business users abound.
Amid the horde of new Chromebooks and Chrome OS update is the new Chromebit, a thumb drive-sized (or as Google described, “smaller than a candy bar”) stick made by Asus.
Somewhat Chromecast-meets-Mac Mini, the tiny device is actually a full-fledged Chrome OS computer that can be plugged into a display via HDMI. Users will then link up peripherals (i.e. mouse, keyboard, etc.) via USB or Bluetooth.
Chrome hardware already took on a more decisive focus for the roughly a year past through video conferencing on Chrome box, fusing two of Google’s most collaborations-friendly products: Google+ Hangouts and Google Apps.
That evolution to Chromebox for conferences basically elevated Hangouts to the next level, jumping back from “good enough” telepresence to a simplified but a higher-quality, out-of-the-box virtual conference room.
As PCs in general continue to find their way (or not) within the new mobile-first computing world, Chromebooks have all but settled into a sweet spot in serving schools and businesses.
As of last July, the Mountain View, Calif.-headquartered corporation boasted it had sold out over 1,000,000 Chromebook units to schools the previous quarter.
Aside from the transportable kind factors, Chromebook adoption in schools has beyond any doubt been ushered along thanks to discounted price tags, that embrace management and backing. IT departments are empowered to manage somewhere between 10 to 10,000 devices thru school campuses, regions, or districts.
Before today, the entry point was $249. Google slashed that rate to $149 with Tuesday’s introduction of the Haier Chromebook 11 and the Hisense Chromebook, both promising “all day battery life” and built specifically with students and teachers in mind. Each model is available for pre-order via Amazon and Walmart.
Lead product manager for the Chromebooks for Education team, posted in a blog post that the lower entry point at $149 will “get Chromebooks into the hands of 33 percent more students than ever before on the same budget.”
Google additionally tacked the deck with the new Asus Chromebook Flip, an ll-metal convertible with a touch screen — altogether weighing less than two pounds once it ships this spring for $249.
With prospects in these fields heading into the new year, Google has already pushed out a variety of the latest releases to serve students and educators alike.
In February, Dell releases its lineup of educational models, led by a new version of its rugged Chromebook 11.
In March, Acer trotted behind its new, heftier Chromebook 15, sporting a 15.6-inch display and promising up to nine hours of battery life. That’s on top of two other student-inclined models Acer had already released las January.
Specific pricing and availability for the Chromebit haven’t been unconcealed nevertheless.
However, the Chromebit is promised to drop later this year, fewer than $100, which might make probably the foremost revolutionary computing possibility pitched to schools ever.