Hisense Chromebook C12

Overview:

  • 11.6 inch LED HD
  • 2GB DDR3 Memory
  • 32GB HDD
  • WiFi & Bluetooth
  • Webcam
  • SD Card Reader
  • 8 hour battery life

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You may not know the Hisense brand – but you will remember the quality and ease of use.  The nice, clean “chicklet” style keyboard makes for a very clean and tidy appearance.

The 1.8 GHz process couple with 2.0 GB DDR3 RAM and a 32 GB hard drive gives more storage than some other Chromebooks.  The compact 11.6″ screen is big enough to get work and fun done, but the overall size is small enough to pack away in a backpack or bag.  The screen is 1366X768 pixels LED HD and WiFi and bluetooth will keep you connected to whatever you need.  The battery is a Lithium ion and should keep this Chromebook going for 8 hours of work or play.  And weighing a light 2.4 pounds – you will hardly notice it is there.

Priced at under $180 – this Chromebook packs a lot of bang for the buck.

Chromebook Virus Protection

One thing unique to the Chromebook platform is that the tablet has built in antivirus software. Google builds virus protection into the ChromeOS software, which is what the Chromebook uses.  ChromeOS uses multiple layers of security including automatic  system updates – this ensures the anti-virus is always current.  Which means you are always running the newest and most secure version. The best part is ChromeOS manages your updates behind the scenes – so you don’t have to worry about it.

Hisense Chromebook C12 Review:

highsense-chromebook-c12-03“Easy to setup – Just Plug in your Chromebook and charge it”

“I love this little thing. Exactly what I needed for surfing and small tasks like google docs.”

“This boots up and shuts down in less than 10 seconds, which is absolutely wonderful for me, as I feel like I’m so often in a hurry or behind anyway.”

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Dell Chromebook 11

Overview:

  • 11.6 inch HD LCD
  • Integrated 720p HD video webcam
  • Intel Celeron Processor
  • 4GB DDR3L Memory
  • 16GB 16GB eMMC SSD
  • WiFi & Bluetooth 4.0
  • 1x USB 3.0 with BC1.2 charging
  • 1x USB 2.0
  • 1 HDMI 1.4
  • 180 degree LCD hinge

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This is a newer version of the Dell updated in 2015.

The Dell has 2 USB sockets and a full sized HDMI output. Dell upgraded the RAM to 4 GB and 16GB eMMC SSD drive.  The Dell can run for about 6 hours between charges.

The display may have been lacking in the old model – but was upgraded to 11.6 HD LCD and the video camera is also HD.

The keyboard is good – keys feel solid and responsive and the trackpad is broad enough for large hands. Not a huge fan of the integrated buttons though, it is a bit hard to get used to a single button which rocks for left and right clicks.

The Dell’s build quality is acceptable given its target audience. It’s great to type on because of the palm rest being rubberized.

Dell added a full “recline” position for the new model – which makes it very portable for any position or desk configuration you will be using it in.

Dell Chromebook 11 Review:

dell-11-chromebook-02“I love my Dell Chromebook. I have one at work and wanted one at home to carry with me since it so light and easy to use. It is fast and lightweight, as well as well-made. Chromebooks are awesome for a simple, easy to use computer.”

“It feels very well made and solidly built. It’s utilitarian and no-nonsense” chromebook.

“Not a bad Chromebook. It’s diminutive, not much larger than a netbook, but has good battery life and ample performance to support ChromeOS.”

Not sure – check out our Best Chromebooks post.

 

Chromebook Pixel 2015

Overview:

  • 12.85” high res display (2560×1700)
  • Multi-touch glass screen
  • 0.6” thin and 3.3 lbs
  • Machined, full metal enclosure
  • 2 USC Type-C, 2 USB 3, SD Card Reader

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The Chromebook Pixel has been update for 2015, and wow did they hook up up with the most powerful chromebook ever.  All the awesome the old chromebook had – and one of the models is LESS MONEY.  You can pick up a Intel i5 with 32 Gig of drive space for $999, with the i7 and 64 Gig drive – it goes up to $1299.  Same awesome screen, which is 2560×1700 at a brilliant 239 PPI.  That is serious.  Are you into HD video and a killer TV?  The chromebook pixel 2015 will pump out 4K via the HDMI cable – pretty cool.

This is not the “cheap” chromebook, it is high end and has wonderful build quality. Aesthetically, the Pixel is a boxy version of the Macbook Pro.  It’s has an aluminum, unibody chassis.

The ports are all new too:

  • 2x USB Type-C (can be used to move data at up to 5Gbps data, 4K display out with optional HDMI or DisplayPort™ adapter or even used for 60W charging)
  • 2x USB 3.0 Standard A
  • SD card reader
  • Headphone/mic combo

The keyboard is nicely laid out, and the keys feel good when presses.  Also – the keyboard is backlit – which is wonderful.  The trackpad is etched glass and also clickable.  The speakers are still high quality – the higher end Windows laptops do not compare. The bass is good – and high and lows are balanced…I think you watch a movie in a loud environment and hear everything clearly.

But, and this is no change, the best part of the Pixel is the screen.  The resolution 2560 x 1700 and that’s on a 12.85″ display. That equates to 239 pixels per inch. That’s the highest pixel density on any laptop. It’s also very bright compared to most other Chromebooks. Not to mention the fact is a touchscreen – and the Chrome OS is getting better and better with touch/gestures.

Out with the old – in with the new.  The Pixel doesn’t disappoint finding 7 more hours of battery life.  That is twice as much as Pixel 1.0.  The 2015 update boasts 12 hours…again, it may not be 12, but we’ll take10.  If you are looking for the best Chromebook, look no further than the Pixel.

Not sure – check out our Best Chromebooks post.

Acer Chromebook

Overview:

  • Intel Celeron Dual-Core Processor
  • 2 GB DDR3L SDRAM
  • 16 GB Solid-State Drive (SSD) (Note: No CD or DVD drive)
  • 11.6-Inch Screen w/Intel HD Graphics
  • 9-hour battery life

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Small but packs a punch.  That is what you get with the 11.6″ Acer Chomebook.  Its small enough to slip into any size bag – yet powerful enough to get the job done, business or pleasure.

The computer uses 802.11ac wireless – so it connects to most any wireless network at work, home or school.    Leveraging Intel HD graphics and a HD webcam – the 3 cell Li-Ion will garner you 9 hours of battery life.

This is a 3rd generation Acer Chromebook – so it is thin.  A nice white color – its a very modern looking machines.  People will not notice this is a chromebook – most will think you are using an MacBook.

This and all chromebooks are not windows computers or Apple. The operating system is Chrome. Its more like the software found on phones than laptops.  This makes the work very well.

Acer Chromebook Review:

“I’m actually loving this little laptop. It’s very solid feeling and looks pretty nice without trying to be a MacBook air. The screen is admittedly not the best in terms of viewing angles but for some people I know that’s actually a feature.”

“I wish I could give it a higher rating than just 5 stars!!! What a great computer. The size is perfect and very light weight.”

“Love my chromebook. its good size screen and light that i just pack it all around with me.”

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Positives:

  • The 2 gig IPS Screen version is worth the extra few dollars.
  • Lightweight at 2.4 pounds and 9 hour battery.
  • This chromebook allows for using an additional screen – HDMI port with HDCP support.
  • Embedded HD webcam allows for app like Skype and Google Handouts.
  • Anti-virus protection is taken care by the Chrome OS.
  • 2 USB ports – 1 USB 3.0 and 1 USB 2.0
  • With the built in SD card reader (full size SD) you can increase and make portable the storage.  The card does stick out a little when inserted -so there will be a small bump if you leave it in.

Not sure – check out our Best Chromebooks post.

Exponential Change

I work for a company called Clickstop…and we’ve worked very hard to grow a lot.  We’ve averaged a 30+% growth path over the last 5 years.  That is when many companies were experiencing flatness and downturns.  And the growth we’ve experienced – its good.  But its not great.  Not like exponential growth.

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Exponential Change

It takes think VERY differently.  Because, if it didn’t – the you would have experienced wild growth in the things you are already doing.   So when I read information which talk about how companies are doing things different…it catches my attention.  And when the “things” are exponentially better than a BIG player – it REALLY catches my attention.  This is the case with Maple.

As fastcompany.com pointed out…Chipolte is the “current’ gold standard when it comes to getting more customers through lunch with a very fast 300 meals per hour or one transaction every 12 seconds.  Impressive.

Turns out, in February, they were pushing out 1100 meals – cooked and delivered in one hour.  Where can you do and see this wonderful feat…you can’t.  They have no retail.  Correct – there is not a store front, food truck or hot dog cart to visit.  The only way to get the goods is to go online.

The technology does stop there – they have a fully geeked out kitchen with advanced routing for its bicycle delivery troop which replies on highly efficient maps.

This is great – but you don’t have a food business.

Good point – how can you think like one?  What could you do differently that gets 10x more product out the door?  This is what Maple did.  And they save money doing it – because they don’t need high priced real estate to drive costs up.

If you think about it – this type of growth is all around us.  Look a the number of roads we have in the United States today vs what we had in 1955.  There are way more square feet of roads than ever before.  It’s very true with computers and Moore’s law.

How do yo do it?

If we had that answer – wouldn’t we be rich?  The fact is – it is hard.  You need to change people’s mindset and change the comfort zone.  This kind of change is not easy.

Entrepreneur as a cheat sheet and I added some of my own for good measure:

  1. Trim the fat – take into account the business process.
  2. Automate – especially if you are in a services business.  The rates will never go down – only up.
  3. Know your business – its a tight rope, you don’t want to be so close you can’t see the necessary change…but you need to change to live.
  4. Enable and Empower – you have to put the power in the people’s hands who see it every day.  They need to run the daily work and know they are trusted.
  5. Share – you must find others like yourself and share information and tricks.  This is a serious fast-forward.

Good luck in your endevours and let us know if you get food from Maple – for now we will just have to dream.