CES has come and gone (it's been weeks at this point), so let's talk about what we saw at CES (Consumer Electronics Show).
Samsung- Samsung unleashed the Galaxy Chromebook 2 and made it much more price friendly for everyone at large. It features Intel processors, a QLED (Quantum Dot LED) Full 1080p display, all the appropriate ports including a Micro SD card reader, and it starts at a mid-range price point of $549 for the entry level model. Of the 5 Chromebooks that were unveiled, this one was probably the least enticing to me because of the combination of features and price point. It's still a pretty good computer on paper if you decide to get one and will still let you accomplish what you need to accomplish as a real estate professional.
Acer- Acer unveiled the new Chromebook Spin 514 which starts at $479 for the entry level model. This device has a 14 inch screen, all the necessary ports including a Micro SD card reader, new AMD processors made specifically for Chromebooks (and those who know me well know that I am a big fan of AMD processors), and it is Military grade which makes it good for those of us who need to use our devices in not the best conditions. This was one of the my personal favorites of the 5 Chromebooks revealed at CES and I am seriously contemplating getting one for my next device.
Asus- Asus unveiled 3 Chromebooks at CES, two of them with 15.6" screens, which to me is quite large although back in the day 15.6" laptops were all the rage. The Chromebook Flip C536 and the Chromebook CX9 both offer Intel Processors, although the CX9 is the more intriguing (and maybe more expensive) machine here. The CX9 is military grade, has USI pen support, is WiFi 6 compatible (the new WiFi standard), Full 1080p display, has all the necessary ports, and is geared more towards business professionals especially with the slanted keyboard to take the stress off of the wrists when it comes to typing. The C536 has many of the same features of the CX9 but is more geared towards everyday users and does not have the fancy slanted keyboard.
However, the Asus product I am most excited about is Chromebook Flip CM5. With AMD Ryzen Processors, PCIe SSD Hard Drives, and all the necessary ports (including a MicroSD card reader), this 2-in-1 is ready to tackle anything and everything. If you work hard and play hard, this just may be the device for you. It is also WiFi 6 compatible and has USI pen support along with a 1080p touchscreen. Some of the higher end models also have HDMI-out support so you can put your work on a larger screen (though the 15.6" on this device should be more than enough for most people). This is the other device I'm really considering purchasing along with the Acer Chromebook Spin 514 that I mentioned above.
All in all, CES was great for Chrome OS, especially for professionals who use Chrome OS. I'm excited to see what other devices are upcoming in the Chrome OS space. I'm also hoping for more software related updates in the future as well so I can share how those will affect real estate professionals using Chrome OS to conduct their business.
Until Next Time,