Canadian computer company HEXA Electronics has released their first Chromebook in Canada for $295. Their Chromebook Pi was first announced at the Google/Intel press event back in May and has only been available for sale as a direct buy from the company, although it has also been made available since July 1 on Amazon.ca.
The Chromebook Pi follows the specifications of the larger named OEMs and is nothing that will really stand out from the crowd, but certainly can hold its own – except in the battery department where, according to its user’s product listing, only offers about 7 hours of battery usage compared to the 14 hours of comparable listings. When a device is offered at a lower price than the competitors are, something has to ‘give,’ and in the case of Chromebook Pi, it is in the battery department.
The display is the standard 11.6-inch with a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels and gets its processing power from a Celeron N2830 (Bay Trail) CPU clocked at 1.7GHz – it needs no fan for cooling so you can run the Chromebook Pi in complete silence. The device does have excellent memory on board for its price range – 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory. It also sports a USB port, HDMI port and SD Card Slot and the battery is only 2-Cell…hence the 7 hours of capacity. The dimensions are 19.9 x 29.6 x 1.8 cm and weighs in at 1.2 Kg.
With a Chromebook there is no need to buy any extra software because your Word Processing, Spreadsheet, Presentation needs and more can all be provided by Google Drive. With Chrome OS, there is no need for you to purchase separate Anti-Virus software with its built-in protection. Google constantly updates Chrome OS so there are no updating required by the user. By activating Google Drive Offline you can work with all of your documents directly on your Chromebook
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