June 18, 2013

Chromebook devices-selector-home-pixelGoogle’s cloud-centric laptop which is built around its Chrome web browser is now available from Walmart. The Chrome OS powered laptop, which was previously available from outlets like Best Buy and Amazon.com, can now be bought in one of Walmart’s 2,800 stores across the U.S.

There are several different Chromebook models available each one built by a different manufacturer. Acer’s take on the concept uses a dual-core Intel Celeron together with a 16GB SSD. Walmart will be selling it for just $199. Also in just a few days time, Staples will bring a mix of Chromebooks from Acer, HP and Samsung to every one of its 1,500 stores across the U.S.

As well as Walmart and Staples, Google has also announced that select Office Depot, OfficeMax, and regional chains Fry’s and TigerDirect stores will begin selling Chromebooks over the next few months.

But the boost in the number of retail outlets isn’t confined just to the USA. In ten other countries around the world Google is expanding the number of retailers which carry Chromebooks. In the UK the big supermarket chain Tesco will start selling Chromebooks from 116 of its biggest stores, starting from £199. In the Netherlands all Media Markt and Saturn stores will become stockists. FNAC stores in France, Elgiganten stores in Sweden and all JB Hi-Fi and Harvey Norman stores in Australia will be carrying Chromebooks as well.

Have you been tempted to get a Chromebook?

Gary Sims
Gary has been a tech writer for over a decade and specializes in open source systems. He has a Bachelor's degree in Business Information Systems. He has many years of experience in system design and development as well as system administration, system security and networking protocols. He also knows several programming languages, as he was previously a software engineer for 10 years.
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