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Christmas Gift Guide

The Hisense Chromebook

Textured design

Thin and trim

Compact build

No heft here

Full-sized keyboard

Metal trackpad, plastic key

Left side ports

Right side ports

Internal guts

Chrome inside

Always online

Charger

On sale now

Hisense's first Chromebook is cheap, yet chic. Designed with students and budget shoppers in mind, it's compact, portable and inexpensive.

This is just one of several new low-cost Chromebooks released with a partnership with Google.

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The computer has a plastic build, with a textured top cover that's easy to grip. It does however pick up a lot of fingerprints and smudges.

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The laptop has a low profile, at 11.7 inches across and 0.6 inch thick.

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With the lid closed, the laptop is still thin and easy to tote around.

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This Chromebook weighs 3.3 pounds (1.2kg).

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You get a full-sized, wide keyboard, but the keys feel mushy when you type.

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Though most of the machine is plastic, there's a metal trackpad and palm rest.

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The Chromebook has two USB ports, one on each side, and an HDMI port. The left side has the charging port as well.

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On the right, there's a microSD card slot and a headphone jack.

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Inside, it has a Rockchip 3288 processor, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. There's also an ARM Mali 760 quad-core graphics chip.

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True to its name, this laptop is running Chrome OS.

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With Chrome OS, you'll need to be online to do most tasks, since all of the programs run through the Chrome browser.

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The laptop gets its power from a proprietary charger.

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You can pick up the Hisense Chromebook for $149 at Walmart.com and other retailers.

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