Hisense Chromebook alternatives based on weight, screen-size and form-factor.
|Acer Chromebook 11 CB3-131, 11.6 inch, 1100 grams (2.43 lbs)|
The new Chromebook 11 inch CB3-131?s cover is made with a nano-imprinted pattern which gives it a premium look and feel while also boosting durability. The Chromebook 11 has been reinforced like Acer?s models for commercial and educational customers to handle stressful environments. It can handle up to 60kg of downward force on the top cover, while the corners can tolerate up to 60cm drops without damage. The reinforced case results in greater resistance to twisting and stress. Security is a key benefit of the Chrome OS file integrity is checked each boot. It is expected to be $180.
|Lenovo 100S Chromebook, 11.6 inch, 1200 grams (2.65 lbs)|
Lenovo have introduced a toughened low end Chromebook the 100S with a Celeron N2840 cpu and usual 2GB/16GB ram and storage with options up to a 4GB/32GB configuration. It has a lower resolution 1366x768 screen but does have ac wifi.
|Medion Akoya S2218, 11.6 inch, 1200 grams (2.65 lbs)|
The Medion Akoya S2218 has been released at fantastic prices at Aldi in Germany and the UK (239 Euros and 149GBP!) though the German product specs are better. There's a write up about this product on umpcportal.com (25th August 2015)
|Asus E202, 11.6 inch, 1200 grams (2.65 lbs)|
The Asus EeeBook E202 is a Windows 10 11.6 inch notebook with a Pentium N3700 cpu based on Braswell architecture - this is a quad core processor with consumption of 6 watts at 1.6GHz base and turbo to 2.4GHz. It is expected to come in at around $200. For this level the stand out features are USB-C and AC wifi and there are also 2 full sized - USB 2.0 and 3.0. Asus suggest a battery life of 9 hours.
|Dell Chromebook 11 ( 2015), 11.6 inch, 1245 grams (2.74 lbs)|
Dell's new for 2015 education sector focused Chromebook 11 is lightweight, comes in 3 flavours - 2/4GB RAM and touch and non-touch screens. It's built for daily school and college life having a reinforced hinge so should more able to survive drops and spills. It has a claimed battery life of up to a 10 hours but this is supported by a high capacity battery (43Whr).
|Lenovo S21e, 11.6 inch, 1150 grams (2.54 lbs)|
Lenovo are promoting this 11.6 inch laptop as a value for money travel companion with a full-sized island-style keyboard. Lenovo say it has fast, smooth processing performance.
Battery life is a lowish (nowadays) 5 Hours.
|Xolo Chromebook, 11.6 inch, 1150 grams (2.54 lbs)|
Indian smart devices company Xolo have introduced a Chrome OS laptop at around the $200 mark (conversion from rupees only). Fast, sleek and easy is the strap line and it does look it. It's aimed at students, has the RK3288 quad core Rockchip powering it, AC wifi and ability to switch between multiple accounts.
|Haier Chromebook 11, 11.6 inch, 1090 grams (2.4 lbs)|
The Haier Chromebook 11 has a claimed boot time of up 8 seconds and battery life of 10 hours, it has auto-updates built-in, meaning the latest virus protection and features are immediately available. Light at just over 1kg. Unusually for a laptop a quad core Rockchip processor (Cortex A17) is employed. This will currently be the lowest priced Chromebook.
|Toshiba Satellite CL10-B, 11.6 inch, 1100 grams (2.43 lbs)|
Toshiba's ultra-mobile Windows 8.1 with Bing compact clamshell laptop for cloud based work - One-Drive is preinstalled.
|Apple MacBook Air 11" 2015, 11.6 inch, 1080 grams (2.38 lbs)|
The Apple MacBook Air 11 (2015) is a Laptop based around Intels Broadwell Platform. It comes with 128 or 256GB of SSD storage as well as 4/8 GB of RAM. In terms of Ports there is: 2x USB 3.0, Headphone Jack, and a Thunderbolt 2. The built-in 38Wh battery should last for up to 9hrs of web surfing. WiFi ac and Bluetooth 4.0 make for some good connectivity. Unfortunately it still has a 1366x768 screen making it a good hot-desk solution but not the most productive screen when standing on its own legs.
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