CNET First Look
Hisense's Chromebook is portable, light and only $149This new budget Chromebook is perfect for students.
[MUSIC] Hey guys, I'm Sarah Mitroff with cnet and today I'm taking a first look at the Hisense chromebook. Hisense's new, 11 inch chromebook is a compact, lightweight laptop that costs only 149 dollars. It's part of a lineup of ten new, low cost laptops from Hisense, Asus and [UNKNOWN] designed with students and classrooms in mind. High Senses Chrome Book has an all black design with a textured, woven finish on the top cover. It's mostly made of plastic, but there's a metal track pad and palm rest. The full sized keyboard feels spacious and is easy to type on, but the keys feel mushy. Because of its plastic design, the laptop is light, weighing just 3.3 pounds. The Hisense Chromebook has an 11.6 inch display that looks bright, though a little fuzzy. It has two USB ports, one on each side, an HDMI port, and a micro SD card slot for expandable storage. There's also a proprietary charging port. Inside, it has a Rockchip 3288 processor, two gigabytes of RAM and 16 gigabytes of storage. There's also an arm Molly 760 quad-core graphics chip. Other features include stereo speakers and a 720p camera for video chatting. The laptop promises up to eight and a half hours of battery life on a single charge. This Chromebook is running the latest version of Google's Chrome OS which relies heavily on a Wi-Fi connection and is designed for surfing the web. Chrome OS is getting better about letting you do things offline, but you'll still need an Internet connection for most tasks. Its $149 price tag makes the Hisense Chromebook appealing, even with its low-end specs. If you're in the market for a budget laptop this is a promising pick. For more about the Hisense Chromebook head over to cnet.com. I'm Sarah Metroff, thanks for watching. [MUSIC]