Chrome Show: This is the Asus Chromebook C200

An official-looking spec sheet with images and details of the Asus Chromebook C200 is here with a few nice surprises. On this week’s podcast we also discuss Acer’s Core i3 Chromebook and that 14-inch Android notebook which doesn’t affect Google’s Chrome strategy.

Performance testing the latest Chromebooks: Price matters

With all three Google Chromebook models in house, it’s time to share some more performance insights and benchmarks. I like that device makers are pushing the prices down, but be forewarned: power users hoping to use this as a primary device may want to spend extra.

Video look at Acer’s $199 C7 Chromebook: Not bad!

Google surprised many with the launch of a $199 Chromebook this week. So what’s the Acer C7 like? Overall the quality and performance is better than I expected for the price and it even has a 320 GB hard drive for those who want local storage.

Acer’s C7 is part PC, part Chromebook for $199

The new Acer C7 looks more like a tradtional laptop than any prior Google Chromebook because of the Intel Core processor and 320 GB magnetic hard drive. But it’s an aggressively priced Chromebook at $199, which could sway many to give Chrome OS a try.

Acer takes on Nexus 7 with $230 Iconia Tab A110

Looking for a low-cost, small Android tablet? There are several choices and now there’s one more: Acer’s Iconia Tab A110 launches by month-end for $229.99. Before you get too excited, though, look at the display, which has a lower resolution screen than competing products.

Apple keeps vise-like grip on tablet market — for now

Apple put more distance between itself and tablet competitors last quarter, moving from a 62 percent share of the market in Q2 2011, to a 68 percent share this year. But an influx of smaller and cheaper iPad alternatives is coming by the end of the year.

Acer battles iPad with A700: a $450 full HD Android tablet

Acer’s response to Apple’s iPad with Retina Display is called the A700. The 10.1-inch tablet offers a high-definition screen with 1,920 by 1,200 resolution powered by a Tegra 3 chip and Android 4.0. Priced at $450, it sounds like a good value for Android tablet buyers.

Gianfranco Lanci Calls It Quits As Acer CEO

Has the impact of the iPad 2 claimed its first executive victim? The Taiwanese device maker Acer this morning issued a press release announc…


What Google’s Honeycomb Means for Apple and Microsoft

Overall tablet sales for 2011 are estimated in the tens of millions, and new to the pack is Android 3.0. Known as Honeycomb, Android 3.0 is a tablet-specific mobile platform Google introduced after months of anticipation. And while Apple’s iPad may have the current lead in the market, Honeycomb puts Google in an excellent position to catch up, much as Android has done in competing with iOS. But Apple isn’t the only competitor Google’s got in its crosshairs: Microsoft is also likely to be impacted, from both a mobile and a desktop computing perspective. Companies mentioned in this report include Google, Apple, Microsoft and Samsung. For a full list of companies, and to read the full report, sign up for a free trial.

Acer TimelineX Notebooks: Fast CPUs, All Day Battery

Consumers want notebooks with high performance and good battery life. Acer has released a new line of notebooks that attempts to deliver good performance while providing 8 hours of battery life. The TimelineX series of notebooks comes in four sizes to appeal to a broad audience.

Acer adds Ferrari Smartphone to Lineup

Ferrari brings one thing to mind — speed. Speed was the order of the day with the Acer Ferrari One notebook, and with different components that would have been the case with the Liquid E Ferrari Special Edition phone. It’s packing Android but not much else.

Acer Ferrari One Video Review

It’s not often you get to say Ferrari in a notebook video review but that branding is what makes the Acer Ferrari One special. The sexy design coupled with decent performance for an ultra-portable sets the Ferrari One apart from the crowd.

Acer Ferrari One First Impression

I was on cloud 9 when the PR firm told me they were sending a Ferrari for me to take for a spin. The bubble burst when they said it would be arriving via FedEx. That’s when I knew it was the Acer Ferrari One ultra-portable.

Outstanding Infographic — Rise of Netbooks

A picture is worth a thousand words and the awesome infographics that GigaOM runs are worth millions. The Rise of Netbooks tells a complete story without words, that of the phenomenal growth of the lowly netbook. We knew netbooks were popular and we weren’t wrong.

A Preview Of Acer's Smartphones

Acer spent MWC showing off its first foray into the smartphone market — there were 8 Windows Mobile devices on display. ZDNet UK has a vide…