The Intel Developers Forum was filled not just with revelations of the manufacturer’s upcoming chips but also with announcements of new devices, including a series of notebooks and a PC box running Google‘s Chrome OS and powered by Intel‘s latest fourth generation “Haswell” Core processors. This time, ASUS and Toshiba are joining the fray of companies touting Chrome OS devices which now totals six manufacturers.
Of the group, HP‘s new Chromebook 14 boasts the largest display, sporting a 14″ WLED BrightView screen with a 1366×768 resolution and a weight of 1.847 kg (4.07 lbs) and a variety of connectivity and expansion options such as two USB 3.0 ports, optional WWAN, and a micro-USB slot. HP is also throwing 100 GB of storage on Google Drive as part of the package, which starts at a price of $299. Acer‘s ace is that its Chromebook might be the most lightweight among the newly unveiled devices. On the other hand, Google is marketing Toshiba‘s Chromebook as versatile and portable, but somewhat leaves it to the imagination to determine what that really means.
ASUS has also produced a Chrome OS-powered device, but it’s not exactly what you’d call portable. Following in the footsteps of Samsung, ASUS has outed a new Chromebox, which is basically a mini PC running the web-centric operating system. Details on the ASUS Chromebox are a bit sparse but it probably wouldn’t stray too far from Samsung’s own specifications, which is already enjoying it’s third iteration, although it seems that ASUS has designed its box to be smaller and will come in a black color instead.
Toshiba’s Chromebook will be coming in a silver color while Acer’s will be black. HP will be offering its Chromebook 14 in a number of colors. If the you’re part of that market segment that finds productivity and untethered power in Google’s operating system offering and have been swayed over by Intel’s Haswell spiel, then you might want to check out these new devices when they come out, probably around the holiday season this year.