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Six of the best: Chromebooks
AFP
April 02, 2014
First Published: 16:13 IST(2/4/2014)
Last Updated: 16:32 IST(2/4/2014)

As Chromebooks look set to rocket in popularity over the coming years, we round up a selection of the best low-cost notebooks using Google's ChromeOS currently on the market.

Samsung Chromebook 2
Available with an 11.6-inch or 13-inch HD display, Samsung's second generation of Chromebooks aim to improve upon the basic design of the original devices. However, a faux leather finish, complete with stitching may not be to everyone's taste. That said, the inclusion of a 1080p screen (on the 13-inch model) will no doubt pique the interest of consumers that like streaming and editing video, as will the inclusion of 4GB of RAM. The 11.6-inch version is expected to 2 cost $319 when it goes on sale at the end of April, while the 13-inch model will come with a $399 price tag.

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Acer Chromebook C720P
CNET calls this computer the best Chromebook it has ever seen. It boasts an 11.6-inch touch screen, USB and HDMI ports and the 32GB of on-board memory can be expanded via an SD card. And all for $299 .A version without the touch screen can be snapped up for $100 less.

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ASUS Chromebox
The company is planning to lauch two ChromeOS powered notebooks too, but for the moment its Chromebox is another take on cloud computing. Plug in a monitor or television and it's a home entertainment system. Pair it with a wireless keyboard too and it's a computer. And all for just $180.

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Toshiba Chromebook
Consciously designed to sit between existing devices from competitors, the Toshiba Chromebook costs $279, and has a 13.3-inch screen which also gives it a larger keyboard. Yet, inside, like many of the smaller, 11-inch Chromebooks out there, it has just 16GB of solid state storage and 2GB of RAM.

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HP Chromebook 14
The company took its time in deciding whether or not to give Google's ChromeOS a go and it currently offers two Chromebooks, one of which, the Chromebook 14, can currently lay claim to having the largest screen of any Chromebook on the market. However, that 14-inch display isn't HD, but the devcice does come in a choice of colors and supports HDMI and has an SD card slot too. It has a suggested retail price of $299 while the 11-inch version can be snapped up for just $270.

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Google Chromebook Pixel
A bit of a white elephant, although one that is beautifuilly built, Google's very first in-house computing product has an incredibly high-resolution, touch-enabled display and a serious Intel processor. However, at $1299 it costs more than an Apple MacBook Air and is still just a cloud-based Chromebook underneath all of the polished metal.

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