Facing the surging demand for laptops, Acer and HP today announced a total of nine Chromebook models designed for students and teachers.
The laptops run Google’s Chrome OS and will arrive in the coming weeks and months with prices as low as $299. Both PC makers are marketing the products to schools and to parents looking for hardware designed for remote education amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
HP’s New Chromebooks
MT8183, an 8-core processor that Taiwanese vendor MediaTek released in late 2019. The x360 11MK G3 model can also flip into a tablet, thanks to its 360-degree hinge. In addition, both models boast a 16-hour battery life.
However, the laptops have pretty barebones specs. You’re only getting two USB 2.0 ports (Type A and C), 1,366-by-768-pixel resolution screens and 720p web cameras. There also doesn’t appear to be any HDMI slots. But HP says both products can survive a 2.5-foot drop on concrete and water spills on their keyboards.
HP Chromebook 14 G7 and HP Chromebook 11 G9 EE
Meanwhile, the 11 G9 EE is basically a more powerful version of the 11MK G9 EE. The laptop swaps out the MediaTek silicon for Intel’s new Celeron N5100 or N4500 chips. You’re also getting Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0 and faster USB 3.0 ports.