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Chromebooks Now Available at Walmart, Staples Too

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David Shapiro, Director of Chromebook Marketing at Google, said in a blog post on Monday that the company is expanding its Chromebook reach beyond Best Buy, Amazon.com and Google Play.

Starting on Monday, Walmart will be making the newest Acer Chromebook, which has a 16 GB SSD, available in approximately 2,800 stores across the U.S. for just $199. Additional models will be added to the company's laptop sections later on this summer.

Staples is also joining the Chromebook club, offering a mix of solutions from Acer, HP and Samsung at every store in the U.S. -- more than 1,500 in total -- beginning this weekend. These can also be purchased through Staples online, while businesses can purchase units through the Staples Advantage B2B program.

After that, Chromebooks will begin popping up like wildflowers at select Office Depot and OfficeMax stores in the coming months. Regional chains Fry's and TigerDirect will also begin selling the Chrome OS notebooks in the near future. That said, it's suddenly becoming a Chromebook invasion.

"In the 10 other markets worldwide where Chromebooks are sold, availability in national retailers continues to expand," Shapiro said. "In addition to Dixons in the UK, now 116 Tesco stores are selling Chromebooks, as well as all Mediamarket and Saturn stores in the Netherlands, FNAC stores in France and Elgiganten stores in Sweden. In Australia, all JB Hi-Fi and Harvey Norman stores will be carrying Chromebooks for their customers as well."

"We’re working hard to bring Chromebooks to even more countries later this year," he added.

Acer's current Chromebook features an 11.6 inch screen with a 1366 x 768 display, a dual-core Intel Celeron processor, Gigabit Ethernet and dual-band Wireless N networking, an HD camera, three USB 2.0 ports, one HDMI port and one VGA port. Also included is a 2-in-1 SD card slot, the 16 GB SSD, 100 GB of Google Drive cloud storage for two years, and a battery promising up to four hours on a single charge.

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    Stimpack , June 17, 2013 6:15 PM
    Haha, why not say "available at Walmart and Staples"?
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    assasin32 , June 17, 2013 8:34 PM
    The market for chromebooks are for people who just want something to get on the internet for email, web browsing, youtube. And to some extent students since they finally put in a limited (but still useful) version of gdocs that you can use offline.

    I've used my chromebook when it was offline for awhile in college, works quite well for basic note taking.

    The other big draw to people who aren't computer geeks is no bloatware, quick bootups, maintenance free.

    With me I wanted a lapotp to take notes on with good battery life, full size keyboard, SSD, still reasonably fast while using encryption. A samsung chromebook did all that for $250, where as a normal laptop to match that would have set me back closer to $400 to match it in the performance/battery life department at the very least.
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    Nib68 , June 17, 2013 8:57 PM
    It's not Windows 8. It should do very well:) 
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    brandonjclark , June 17, 2013 9:05 PM
    Can the Citrix receiver be installed on these?*
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    roboq4 , June 17, 2013 9:20 PM
    Citrix Receiver works on ChromeOS, however your Citrix Xenapp environment requires Citrix Storefront , Virtual Gateway and at least XenApp 6.5
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    smokeybravo , June 17, 2013 9:51 PM
    Chromebooks are a sneaky attempt by Google to get you to become further invested in their cloud services. It feels like they're just licensing you one of their hard drives so they can have your information.
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    assasin32 , June 17, 2013 10:12 PM
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    Chromebooks are a sneaky attempt by Google to get you to become further invested in their cloud services. It feels like they're just licensing you one of their hard drives so they can have your information.


    Well than they succeeded considering I just had a HD than computer failure (not chromebook, main desktop) and all my family photos are safe as I had them backup to their cloud services which I get 100gb for 2yr with purchase of my $250 laptop (the laptop itself was worth every penny and than some, the service is just icing on the cake). I didn't have to worry about if my backups are fully up to date, etc as I have that folder auto sync and my phone auto sync to google drive. So now my only concern is how long that download will be as it will probably take 1-2 days on my network connection. Thats a good trade off in my opinion.

    So yes they have my information, and my family photos but to be blunt they already had all the information prior to my chromebook purchase. Now they just have some lovely pictures of my family and dogs to go along with it.

    Do I care that companies have my information? Yes. But I like taking the more realistic approach and just making sure that companies don't have any sensitive information they don't need and if I don't think they need any information about me than I just give them false information.
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    daglesj , June 18, 2013 3:30 AM
    I was pretty sniffy about Chromebooks till I actually tried one. Now I'm hooked. My tablet was my favoured sofa browser and general internet hook up device but since I got the 11" Chromebook I hardly use it. Particularly good device if you are a big forum user/poster. Far quicker to use than a tablet. Just switch on and go. No apps to update, no AV needed, if you screw it up just reset it.
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    damianrobertjones , June 18, 2013 4:58 AM
    Wow! The posts above just seem like a great big article for Chromebooks! Check out other pages and they're ripping the crap out of these devices.
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    TRWRacing , June 18, 2013 7:30 AM
    My company is making the transition to Chromebooks and Chrome to move away from anything Microsoft. Use Google Docs and the Cloud for all your data accessible from anywhere.
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    TRWRacing , June 18, 2013 7:32 AM
    My company is making the transition to Chromebooks and Chrome to move away from anything Microsoft. Use Google Docs and the Cloud for all your data accessible from anywhere.