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How to Invert Colors on the Chromebook

By Chromebook, How-To

For people with a visual impairment, a high-contrast display can make help to make on-screen navigation easier and on a Chromebook, a high-contrast screen can be created by inverting the display’s color scheme. In this post, we’ll explore the benefits of a high-contrast display, and present a straightforward step-by-step process to set it up.

The Benefits of Inverting Colors on The Chromebook

Helpful for people with visual impairment

A white or light background with dark objects and text can be difficult for visually-impaired people to see, as the contrast is relatively subtle. When colors on a screen are inverted, it creates a more substantial contrast between objects, text, and the background. This makes the screen much easier to navigate, providing visually-impaired people with a working environment more appropriate for their needs.

Reduces glare

A high-contrast screen can also be helpful for people without a visual impairment. There are some conditions, such as migraines, that can be exacerbated by glare from a predominantly white screen. By inverting the display’s colors, switching the dominant color palette from light to dark, the amount of glare is reduced, which can provide relief to people experiencing symptoms of these conditions.

Less strain on the eyes

Extensive use of a screen can cause strain on the eyes. Making an occasional switch to a high contrast palette can alleviate some of the burden on your eyes, particularly if you are spending a long time in front of a display. Over the long term, this may help to prevent associated medical conditions and reduce the amount of stress placed on your eyes.

How To Invert Colors on the Chromebook: Step by Step

Step 1: Finding Your Account Status Area

At the bottom right of your screen, you’ll find the status area, which contains some basic information such as the time and a network connection indicator. It will also have your Google account picture displayed. Click on that picture, and a new window will appear. This has the access to the settings you need.

Step 2: Navigate to Advanced Settings

In the new window, find and click on the gear pictogram which is the “Settings Tab”. In this menu, scroll to the bottom of the window and click the linked text entitled: “Show Advanced Settings”

Step 3: Enable High Contrast Mode

Within the advanced settings menu, scroll down to ‘Accessibility’ and click the checkbox marked ‘Use high contrast mode’. This should prompt the Chromebook to immediately invert the screen colors. If not, you may be required to complete the next step.

The Process Shortcut:

If you’ve forgotten again, here it is in short format:

Click Google Account Picture > Click Settings Gear > Advanced Settings > Accessibility > High Contrast Mode

Step 4: Exit The Settings Screen

If you are happy with the contrast and color settings, close the window by selecting the ‘X’ at the top of the screen. If your Chromebook has not yet inverted the screen colors, it will do so at this stage.

Bonus 1-Step Method!

Some Chromebook users have inadvertently set their display to an inverted color scheme, causing a frantic search for answers! You may be interested to discover that the high-contrast mode can be toggled with a simple shortcut:

Ctrl + Search + H

If your Chromebook does not have a search button, follow the comprehensive step-by-step guide above. This accessibility is one of many reasons to love the Chromebook!

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Chromebook’s 2018 Forecast

By Chromebook, News

The Latest Chromebook News For 2018

We are keeping you up to date on the latest Chromebook news for 2018 to make sure you don’t miss a thing and get access to the latest innovations. These are 2018’s hottest news stories about the Chromebook including exciting developments expected.

Google Assistant Is Coming To All Chromebooks

Google Assistant, the company’s answer to Siri and Alexa, has so far been exclusive to their own high-end Pixelbook. However, eagle-eyed code experts have recently noticed an interesting development.

Developers reviewing the newest iteration of the ChromeOS build spotted an option for any manufacturer to enable Google Assistant. It is set to ‘off’ by default, but in the future, it will be up to manufacturers to decide how Google Assistant will integrate with their machines and the method of activation. This is likely to be either a keyboard shortcut, dedicated button, or by the Chromebook listening for specific keywords.

It’s certainly encouraging that the technology premiered on Google’s flagship Pixelbook is set to make its way to the entire Chromebook family. With the popularity of competitive assistant services continuing to grow, it’s an exciting decision from Google.

Source: Engadget

Dell’s $300 Chromebook Packed With High-End Features

Chromebooks in the $300 bracket are usually great for everyday tasks but lack the premium attributes found in more expensive machines. Dell is set to shake things up, with a feature-packed Chromebook coming in under $300.

Amongst the features expected in the new 5000-series Chromebooks are:

  • Touchscreens
  • Full conversion from laptop to tablet
  • Stylus support
  • A Micro SD slot
  • USB-C charging and data transfer
  • And a USB-A port.

Instead of dual-core processors that are common in less expensive Chromebooks, Dell has opted for quad-core Intel Celeron processors; providing lightning-fast speed usually reserved for upper-tier machines.

One of the most innovative features of the 5000-series Chromebooks is its chassis. Dell has designed a reinforced casing that can withstand a drop of up to 48 inches, or 30 inches onto steel. It’s a quality we didn’t know we needed, but it’s certainly useful. Even the most accident-prone Chromebook users will be confident in the safety of their machine!

Source: BGR

Microsoft Office Apps for Android Now Available on Chromebook

Has loyalty to Microsoft Office put you off buying a Chromebook? You’re not alone! A lack of compatibility with the popular suite has been a stumbling block for many since the Chromebook’s introduction.

However, the tides have turned, and some Chromebooks will now have the ability to utilize Microsoft Office apps for Android. Newer machines have the ability to download and run Android apps from Google Play store, which opens up the Chromebook to a wealth of new opportunities. Office apps can be used for free with a Microsoft account (which is also free), although people using a machine with a screen larger than 10 inches will need to purchase an Office 365 subscription.

If you are using an older Chromebook without the capability to run apps from the Google Play store, there’s still a way to access, edit, and create new Office documents. Simply head over to the browser-based Office Online for scaled-back yet useful functionality.

Source: NY Times

HP Releasing Two New Chromebook Models to release two new Chromebook models

There hasn’t been a great deal of Chromebook news from HP recently, but the wait is finally over! The company has just announced two new models for the education market; the Chromebook 11 G6 EE and Chromebook 14 G5, coming in at 11.6” and 14” respectively.

The 11 G6 EE is aimed at younger users, with its fun orange accents and rugged, reinforced chassis. Older students and educators are the focus of the 14 G5, which has an elegant grey color scheme and backlit keyboard. Both models boast Intel Celeron Apollo Lake processors with Intel HD Graphics 500, optional touchscreens, 180˚ fold-flat hinges, up to 8GB RAM, and eMMC storage up to 64GB.

Source: Engaged

Are Split Screen Android Apps Coming To Chromebook?

While this hasn’t been officially announced, users playing around with the Canary version of ChromeOS have been able to successfully demonstrate the Android split screen feature using the Dev Channel for version 64 in a feature called “Split View in Tablet Mode”. Although it’s unlikely to be an official feature until ChromeOS 65 or even 66, it’s encouraging to see an innovative Android capability becoming native to the Chromebook.

Source: Digital Trends

It’s an exciting time for Chromebooks innovation and the latest news show some of the integrations and new options we can expect to see in the near future! Now, where are our hoverboards?!?

New HP Chromebook 11- A Meta Review

By Chromebook, ReviewsOne Comment

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For quite a while now ChromebookHQ has been convinced that the Chrome OS revolution will take place. From Google’s announcement of the CR-48, the first Chromebook ever built that got a lot of flack for everything about it, all the way through the Samsung 5 550, the Google Pixel and up to the HP Chromebook 11, I’ve been watching. And guess what, I’m still in love.

If the beautifully designed HP Chromebook 11 has done anything to change my love for Chromebooks then it has deepened the belief that Chrome OS is an OS that fills a need and that Chromebooks are the type of laptop computer that families and students happily spend a little money on. The numbers back me up. I called this post a meta review because I wanted to gather all the experts opinions on this new device and see what the views are of pundit filled tech media land. I’ve used the reviews from CNET, The Verge, Engadget, Forbes, PCWorld, PCPRO and Techradar.

But First, We Take A Look

CNET – full reviewHP Chromebook 11 CNET Chromebookhq

Pros

The HP Chromebook 11 has a sharp design, comfortable keyboard, bright IPS display, and loud speakers; it also works with Chromecast for living-room media sharing.

Cons

Nothing much new under the hood: only 16GB of storage, no SD card slot, and it drops the regular HDMI port that the otherwise similar-priced Samsung Chromebook had. No touch screen. Chromebook still not great as offline-ready device.

The Verge – full reviewOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Pros

The device designed to unseat last year’s Samsung Chromebook at the top of the Amazon best-seller list, is the HP Chromebook 11. This 11.6-inch laptop is priced to move.
[And] if it’s “just a web browser,” it’s a beautiful one. The keyboard is solid, too: clicky and comfortable despite the cheap, plasticky feel of each of its keys.

Cheap, Solid keyboard, Chrome OS is impossibly easy to use

[ChromebookHQ comment] The Chromebook has become, and is for a long time now, the number one selling laptop out there. Both the number one and number two spot on the Amazon bestsellers list are taken up by Chromebooks. And you know what? The number two spot is already taken up by the new HP Chromebook 11 and right now you can only pre-order that one!

Cons

Without a touchscreen, or a better display, or better battery life, the Chromebook 11 doesn’t make a great case against tablets like the Nexus 10 or the iPad. And without more power and better performance, it’s really hard to recommend to anyone as their primary laptop.

Stuttery performance, Build materials can feel cheap, Problematic touchpad

Engadget – full reviewHP Chromebook 11 Engadget Chromebookhq

Pros

A well-built laptop with a bright IPS display and a decent keyboard for under 300 bucks is certainly worthy of a place on your comparison-shopping list. You’ll also be treated to several freebies: a free 100GB of storage on Google Drive for two years, a 60-day trial of Google Play Music All Access and 12 free sessions of Gogo in-flight internet.

Cons

Aside from the flaky touchpad, the biggest disadvantages — only 16GB of SSD storage, an operating system largely limited to Google’s own ecosystem — are part of what makes a Chromebook a Chromebook.

Forbes – full reviewHP Chromebook 11 open screen view Chromebookhq

Pros

With an improved screen, a solid feel and a very handy new charging system, this Chromebook has a lot going for it. HP uses a MicroUSB cable to charge, just like all Android phones and most other phones and cables.

Cons

Unfortunately there is no SD card reader and the only way to hook it up to an HDMI TV or monitor is with a special cable.

PCWorld – articleHP Chromebook 11 PCWorld Chromebookhq

Pros

The display has 176-degree viewing angles. The Chromebook’s speakers are “finely tuned,” and placed under the keyboard so the sound projects toward the user. In another nice touch, the new Chromebook charges via micro-USB

Cons

The tech specs are unchanged from last year’s model. There’s also no official word on an availability of an LTE model. We’ll have to see how the new Chromebook 11 performs in the real world, but it’s unlikely to work miracles for under 300 dollars.

[ChromebookHQ comment] Google was quick to say that a LTE model is coming soon. They couldn’t yet say anything on they pricing though.

 

PCPRO – full reviewHP Chromebook 11 PCPRO Chromebookhq

Pros

This 1.04kg laptop feels impressively tight and well-constructed for a bargain-basement price. The 11.6in IPS display is a huge leap forward. The bright, saturated colours and wide viewing angles are a significant step up from previous cheap-and-cheerful Chromebooks.

Cons

The burning question is whether Chrome OS can hold up its side of the bargain, and we’ll be giving it a thorough workout over the next week or so to find out. Keep an eye out for the full PC Pro verdict.

[ChromebookHQ comment] All in all PCPRO had a very positive tone in their review. No negatives were mentioned, as I would agree with of course. The only negative they could see is the above mentioned matter of Chrome OS being good enough, or not. And to that I say ‘fair enough’, conclusion is that if you like Chrome OS as much as I do, you’ll love the HP Chromebook 11.

Techradar – full reviewHP Chromebook 11 Techradar Chromebookhq

Pros

Simply put, this is the best Chromebook to have pitched its pearly-white tent in this price bracket. It looks great. It sports a sharp 11-inch (1366 x 768) display that provides wide viewing angles (176 degrees, to be exact) thanks to the inclusion of an IPS panel, which provides deep blacks and makes colours ‘pop’.

Great screen, Micro-USB charger, Design, Price

Cons

It certainly didn’t blow us away[keyboard and trackpad], and it may be the case that we would have to spend longer with the machine before making our mind up proper.

Average battery life, Keyboard, Chrome OS may be too limiting for some

The Meta Conclusion

It is a remarkable laptop, by all accounts. It is clear that in this joint effort by HP and Google they’ve tried to bring the awe inspiring design and experience of the Chromebook Pixel to an inexpensive device. The screen is the best you’ll find for a 11 inch display and even beats those of laptops four times more expensive. The HP Chromebook 11 scores big on its great keyboard, its USB charger, wonderful screen, 100GB free two year Drive space, cheerful design and of course, its ridiculously low price.

If you are looking for a second computer for at home, if you are a student that needs a cheap, good and safe laptop or you like the ultra fast booting Chrome OS experience than this machine is might just be what you are looking for.

Google announces the Chromebook for us all

By Chromebook, News, Reviews2 Comments

Open Chromebook laptopIsn’t this what we were waiting for? A Chromebook that has all the yummy goodness the earlier Chromebook Series 5 models have to offer, but then for an acceptable price? I think that’s exactly what most of us were waiting for, and that’s precisely what Google delivered with the Chromebook Series 3.

Full disclosure: I am an Amazon affiliate which means I get a small commission in case you decide to purchase through the links provided in this article. If you do decide to buy though ChromebookHQ, thank you very much. I really appreciate you taking the time and effort doing so.

“It’s the best laptop that’s ever been designed at this price,” said senior vice president Sundar Pichai, “We really want users to think about this as one extra computer for your kitchen counter, one near the bed, maybe a computer for your kids or family.”

With that Sundar positions the Chromebook much the same as their tablet. Earlier this year Google shook up the tablet market by introducing the Nexus 7 Android tablet. A pure vanilla 7 inch tablet. As we now all know the latter one is selling like hot cakes,  not just here in the US but in Europe as well. It looks like Google took notice of that and is trying to replicate that success, or at least the strategy, by introducing a budget-friendly Chromebook.
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Chromebook series 5 550 and Chromebox review

By Chromebook, Chromebox, News, ReviewsOne Comment

Here is a great video review of the Chromebook series 5 550 and Chromebox by The Verge. There’s not much to be added to their thorough review. Only one bit to subtract and that’s the ‘I can do the same and more when I buy a cheap windows machine running the Chrome browser’ remark at the end. Just ignore it, it’s besides the point if you ask me.

Laptopmag.com wrote a nice review and came up with this verdict: The Samsung Chromebook Series 5 550 offers an improved cloud-computing experience inside a slick and comfortable design, but it’s too pricey given its limited functionality. Read More

The Samsung Series 5 Chromebook review

By Chromebook, Reviews2 Comments

When you’re looking for a new, cutting-edge laptop that installs ever quicker OS updates and doesn’t require you to spend money on anti-virus software, the Samsung Series 5 3G 12.1-Inch Chromebook may be just what you’re looking for.

The innovative design makes this laptop different than any others on the market, as it uses a Google operating system only. This keeps the computer streamlined, giving users exactly what they need and nothing more to slow down the system. With a lightweight design, exceptionally long battery life and automatic updates, you’ll find this Samsung Chromebook to be a the perfect addition to your online world.

So what does the Samsung Series 5 3G Chromebook get you tech wise?

Specifications:
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How much will a Chromebook cost?

By Chromebook, ReviewsOne Comment

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So how much does a Chromebook cost to buy and own? With all the information out there on how little it costs for businesses and schools to own Chromebooks, the private owner seems to be overlooked a little. Especially when it comes to how much it costs to use a Chromebook. It is, after all, only really fun when you’re always connected.

There are two ways for your Chromebook to stay connected: you either latch on to the nearest free Wi-Fi network or you go 3G. The latter having a price tag you should keep track of. Both Acer and Samsung do however have  a Wi-Fi only model which keeps your usage cost at $0,- dollar. If you don’t go and make use of paid Wi-Fi excess in, say, hotels that is.
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