Google launches new Chromebook site

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Google's new Chromebook site

Google's Chromebooks have been perennial bestsellers on Amazon, and now the company has launched a new site designed to promote Chromebooks. The new site seems focused more on touting the virtues of Chromebooks in daily life, and less on promoting tech specs.

You can check out the new Chromebook site for yourself to see the changes Google has made:

Chromebooks are easy to use, have virus protection built-in, and keep going with a long-life battery, so you can, too. Chromebooks are automatically kept up to date, so you’ll always have the latest virus protection, along with the latest features like Voice Search. Best of all, your Chromebook won’t slow down over time.

No setup needed, just log in with your Google account. No long load times, just flip it open and get busy doing anything other than waiting. And with a long-life battery, you can leave your charger at home.

Unlike traditional computers, Chromebook updates automatically so it doesn’t slow down over time. With a long-life battery, you can leave your charger at home.

Keep getting stuff done when you’re disconnected from the web by using offline apps like Gmail and Google Docs.

More at Google Chromebooks

Google's new Chromebook site spawned a thread on the Chrome OS subreddit, and redditors had their own thoughts about it:

Bravoavocado: "It's awesome until you want technical information for any of the products listed there."

Wiredfire: "Guessing people interested in the tech specs aren't the target audience for the page. Odd for it to be so absent though. Then again, this line of computing is at least partially aiming at making the specs secondary and what you can actually do with the device the selling point."

PlatinumX: "Yep, they even explicitly say this:"

Thomasly: "It just makes me so excited to see Chromeos and Chromebooks gain popularity and momentum."

VictoryGoth: "In the past year alone I've noticed TONS of people using Chromebooks at my university on a regular basis. I don't remember seeing any on campus prior to 2014. It's amazing just how common they've become in such a short amount of time."

Nighserenity: "If they have the hardware specs listed anywhere, they did a great job hiding them! Lovely site, but it would be nice to see full specs for each. It would be pretty easy for them to add."

Ailish: "I've got my eye on that chromebook flip."

Voltron00x: "I'll probably buy one and review it. I'm terrified of that processor though. Absolutely terrified. If that thing ends up being another mismatch device like the HP11 - premium components, shit processor - I'll be really disappointed."

Bartturner: "The Rockchip 3288 with the Mali-T764 looks pretty incredible. The only issue I see is if you want to run Linux on the Chromebook it is preferable to buy a Intel based Chromebook right now. I do think this could change.

The benchmarks I have seen have the Rockchip 3288 compared favorably to something like the Intel Atom z3735f. The RK3288 had 18% higher performance overall.

Not sure the status of general availability of Linux hardware acceleration drivers for the Mali-T764 but once they are available the RK3288 SOC will be the goto solution for many use cases, IMO. It is very cheap and is close to being able to support 4k video.

Look at the new Chromebit compared to the new Intel stick. The Chromebit stick will be cheaper but have better performance."

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