October 12, 2022 8:00 p.m.
Google unveiled several new products, including the first gaming Chromebooks and a new version of its Linux kernel-based Chrome OS 106 operating system.
The first Chromebooks came out over 10 years ago. Until now, they were considered fast, safe and easy to use devices. Now, however, Google has decided to expand its line of laptops and introduce devices designed specifically for cloud gaming.
The three new Chromebooks, co-released with Acer, ASUS and Lenovo, according to Google, combine gaming hardware features, access to the latest games with advanced graphics via cloud technology and software that will make gaming faster and easier .
Chromebooks come with:
- Intel Core i3/i5 processor,
- 8 GB RAM,
- 120Hz refresh rate display,
- Gaming keyboards with less than 85ms input latency and RGB backlighting,
- WiFi 6,
- advanced audio systems.
Gaming Chromebooks will support three major cloud gaming platforms: Xbox Cloud Gaming (beta), NVIDIA GeForce NOW, and Amazon Luna. Laptop owners will have access to 1,500 console and PC games, 200 of which will be free. These include Control Ultimate Edition, Overcooked 2, Fortnite, and League of Legends.
Additionally, the new Chromebooks for cloud gaming make it easy for gamers to find their favorite games and start playing them right away. No need to download the game or install it.
Acer Chromebook 516GE
Acer’s new Chromebook, as noted, is designed exclusively for gaming, so it has a few unique features that set it apart from other Chromebooks in Acer’s lineup.
It features a 16-inch IPS display with 120Hz and 16:10 aspect ratio, which is tuned to 2560 x 1600 resolution and can have a color gamut of over 100% SRGB. The RGB keyboard with ghosting technology also looks interesting, with a choice of seven colors or a 4-zone color option. The device also has two upward-pointing speakers and two downward-pointing speakers, which deliver advanced DTS sound. As for the processor, it is an Intel Core i7-1260P or an Intel Core i5-1240P (the model with this processor will cost around $650).
There’s also a 2.5Gbps Ethernet RJ45 LAN, two USB Type-C ports, USB Type-A and HDMI. Wi-Fi 6E is supported, as well as Bluetooth 5.2. The battery is designed for 9 hours of battery life.
There’s also a built-in Full HD webcam with temporary noise cancellation and two microphones.
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook
New from Lenovo is a 16-inch laptop with a 12th Gen Intel Core i5-1235U processor without a discrete GPU, 8GB of RAM and a PCIe SSD with up to 512GB of storage.
These specs give the laptop a fairly low price (around $600), while still being able to play AAA games on it via cloud streaming services.
There’s also a fairly large 71 Wh battery that offers up to 11 hours of battery life. The 16-inch screen has a resolution of 2560 x 1600 and a refresh rate of 120Hz.
The laptop supports Wi-Fi 6E for faster connectivity with less latency, there are two USB-C ports, two USB Type-A ports, a microSD card slot, and a headphone jack, but no Ethernet port.
Well, of course, it wouldn’t be a gaming laptop without RGB backlighting, so the keyboard has four-zone backlighting. The keyboard itself is pretty good too, with 1.5mm key travel and halo protection.
Asus Chromebook Vibe CX55 Flip
The Asus Chromebook Vibe CX55 Flip is a 2-in-1 device designed for cloud gaming. It is equal to the other two laptops in some ways, but for some people it may be preferable due to its portability. In addition, this laptop has a screen with one of the highest refresh rates among new cloud gaming Chromebooks.
Unlike the other two devices, the Asus Chromebook Vibe CX55 Flip is not equipped with 12th generation Intel processors. You can choose between an 11th Gen Intel Core i7-11g5G7 (the laptop with it will cost $800), an Intel Core i5-1135G7 or an Intel Core i3-1115G4. Memory starts at 8GB and can be expanded to 16GB, and the SSD can be expanded to 128GB or 512GB.
The laptop has a high refresh rate display of 144Hz, but the maximum screen resolution is FHD 1920 x 1080.
The keyboard’s orange WASD keys and ghosting protection technology can also attract attention. Although there is no RGB backlighting, the keyboard is backlit. There’s also the Asus ErgoLift hinge, which helps you use the keyboard in a comfortable typing position.
As for the speakers, it’s Harman/Kardon.
All three devices will be available for purchase starting October 22.