Unlike Windows and Mac laptops, Chromebooks rely heavily on having a continuous Internet connection to run Gmail, Google Docs and other online services. Many apps don't run directly on the device but over the Internet. The devices also have relatively little storage, as documents, photos and other files are supposed to be stored online instead.
The new laptop has a plastic frame with no sharp edges or corners, or even screw holes. Speakers are tucked under the keyboard so that sound comes out toward the user, even when the laptop is used on the lap. Devices with speakers on the back or the bottom don't do that.
The Chromebook 11 has a display that measures 11.6 inches diagonally, and it weighs about 2 pounds.
And in recognition of the growing use of phones and tablet computers, the Chromebook 11 uses the same microUSB charger common in those mobile devices. Other laptops typically come with their own charger, which Sengupta described as yet another item that needs to be packed for weekend trips.
The Chromebook 11 is available starting Tuesday at
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