We're getting new Chromebooks all over the price spectrum lately. We recently reviewed the brand-new Chromebook Pixel, which has hardware that's well-worth $1,000 even though that's a lot to pay for a system running Chrome OS. Today we're taking a closer look at one of the new $149 Chromebooks, which are cheaper than any Chrome OS laptop has been to date.
We weren't really sure what to expect from Hisense's $149 Chromebook. We've seen Hisense hardware before in the form of $99 and $149 Android tablets from a time when those things hadn't become common. Those devices were OK, but they cut enough corners that we had trouble recommending them for people who could spend a little more. This Chromebook, on the other hand, is surprisingly good—it's still budget hardware to be sure, but in many respects it's pretty similar to the $199 to $299 Chromebooks that are already out there.
Look and feel
The Hisense Chromebook is all plastic, about like you’d expect. Both the top and bottom are covered in a matte textured material that looks pretty good, while the palmrest is a smooth matte plastic instead.