Those of you want to buy cheap computers for your kids will have more options to consider beyond Google's Chromebook lineup this Christmas, it's claimed.
Microsoft shined a spotlight on several new Windows-powered laptops and PCs at its partner conference today. Some of them are available now, and some are months away from release, but all of them cost less than $250 each, according to The Verge.
Kevin Turner, the Chief Operating Officer at Microsoft, has announced a $199 Windows laptop from HP. Dubbed a "Stream" device, it is expected to launch just in time for the holiday season. Turner didn't detail any specifications however.
Instead Turner discussed two cheap laptops from manufacturers Acer and Toshiba. Both laptops cost $249. They also run the full Office suite, native apps, and desktop apps as well as work with many peripherals.
Acer's Chromebook-alternative laptop is a best-seller on Amazon and features a 15.6-inch screen, 2.16GHz Intel Celeron processor, 500 GB of memory, and 4GB of RAM. Toshiba's laptop will land this Christmas and features a 11.6-inch display, 32GB SSD, and 2.4-pound weight.
And finally, Turner announced HP is planning to release 7-inch and 8-inch versions of its new Stream PCs for $99 this winter: "We are going to participate at the low-end," he explained. "We’ve got a great value proposition against Chromebooks, we are not ceding the market to anyone."
Keep in mind Google has a huge new lineup of Chromebook computers powered by Intel chips in the works, many of which will debut later this year.