Google is introducing a few cheaper Chromebook options for those who aren’t looking to spend as much as a typical PC would cost, with Haier, Hisense, and ASUS.
Google wants everyone to have a Chromebook. The company announced that they would be partnering with OEM’s to produce super-affordable options for Chromebook’s that will start at as little as $149 at Walmart and Amazon. Haier, Hisense, and ASUS are the companies right now who are partaking in the bargain Chromebook creation, but it’s something that has become utterly common in the PC industry, where consumers are more likely to buy a cheaper, more disposable computer – rather than make the overwhelming, and oftentimes less cost-effective decision to spend upwards of a thousand dollars, or more on one.
ASUS is introducing a Chromebook that will act like a 2-in-1, and will boast ultra-portability. That will mean that anyone who is looking for a thin, small, portable option to use around the office or at home – the ASUS Chromebook Flip will be coming to stores later this spring for just $249. The Haier Chromebook 11 (available at Amazon) and Hisense Chromebook (available at Walmart) will both be traditional in build but will be super cost-effect at just $149 to buy. The specifications of these Chromebooks will not be over the top, but at the same time won’t be disappointing. The company pointed out how “dropping specs” wasn’t something that worked in Netbooks – and consumers knew the difference when they were first introduced. That’s why this update has to be executed properly. Which Google seems to have prepared for very nicely.
Perhaps the only downside to these options, for those who are concerned about having a larger display – is the display size itself. It’s relatively small and won’t give users any issue beyond that – but if you’re looking for a 13-inch or 15-inch display – these options will not serve you as they sit today. It points to the bigger picture though that the company is really beginning to hone its focus on delivering a product for users to fit a multitude of lifestyles and tasks.
Even the introduction of the modernized Chromestick is significant. It will capture an entirely new market – and as Google pointed out will be key for schools, which are looking to convert an old desktop system or any display that has a USB port into a new computer. The bottom line is that Google wants to make sure that anyone can have a computer and that the cost of the computer is slight, instead of massive.