Initial benchmark and impressions: HP Chromebook 14 with AMD processor for $269

HP chose AMD to power its new Chromebook 14 that starts at $269 and a quick benchmark shows slightly better performance than a higher priced Intel Celeron or Pentium powered Chromebook.

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Acer outs the AMD-powered Chromebook 315, starting at $279.99

Can AMD break into the Chromebook market dominated by Intel processors? Acer must think so because it’s using an AMD chip with Radeon R4 graphics in the new Acer Chromebook 315, a 15.6-inch device that starts under $300.

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Acer Chromebook Spin 13 discounted at Amazon by $150, down to $749

The $899 Acer Chromebook Spin 13 that impressed me when I reviewed it can be had for $749 at Amazon, although the deal is likely to be a short-term opportunity. This is a powerful 2-in-1 Chromebook that can handle nearly any task for business or fun.

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Odd: Lenovo Yoga Chromebook C630 “temporarily unavailable” at the moment

If you want the Lenovo Yoga Chromebook C630 today, you can’t get it direct for some unknown reason. Best Buy still carries their exclusive version that costs $699, or $100 more than the base model that’s “temporarily unavailable”.

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Chrome OS 72 bringing Google Assistant to more Chromebooks: Here’s how it looks

Now that Google Assistant is a native feature on Chrome OS, meaning you can use it without having the Play Store enabled, it makes sense for most, if not all, Chromebooks to get it. This video demo shows you what to look forward to when it arrives.

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Reader question: What’s a good Chromebook for a 10-year old to learn programming?

Looking to get a starter Chromebook for a younger child to learn some programming online or run Android apps? You don’t have to break the bank: Here are a few good options to consider.

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Chrome OS 71 Stable adds new features with most of them available first on Pixel Slate

While most of the Chrome OS 71 features are first available for the Pixel Slate, all of them are welcome improvements. In particular, the native Google Assistant means you won’t need the Play Store installed to use the digital assistant.

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Family Link for Chromebooks adds screen time limits, site & app whitelisting and parental management controls

Google added new Family Link features on Chromebooks that allow parents to have more control over how, and how long, their kids use Chrome OS devices. Not every family wants to manage devices, but for those that do, this is a great option to have.

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Acer now has three Chromebook 514 models ranging from $349 to $499

Acer is rounding out its Chromebook 514 line with two new configurations, adding a $349 and $399 option to the already introduced $499 model. The processors in all of these devices are bit outdated though, so shop around if you’re in the market.

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Deals on a pair of Chromebooks all this week from HP and Lenovo at Best Buy

In the market for a large Chromebook with the latest Intel processors? Now might be the time to pull the trigger: You can save $100 off the Lenovo Yoga C630 Chromebook or $200 off the HP Chromebook X360, plus get a free Google Home Mini.

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Acer Chromebook 514 product page goes live in the US with a $499 model

Announced in August, the Acer Chromebook 514 is closer to becoming available. The product page is now live, showing a Pentium-powered model with 14-inch full HD touchscreen display priced at $499.99.

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