The Chrome Cast
The Chrome Cast
Chrome Unboxed
Hosted by Joe Humphrey and Robby Payne, The Chrome Cast is a tech podcast that unpacks everything from hardware to software in the world of Chrome, Chrome OS, and Google so that listeners can be more informed on all the latest updates, changes, and devices.
We’ve reviewed all but one of the Chromebook Plus models
This week on The Chrome Cast podcast, we focus most of our discussion around two main topics: the full review of the HP 15.6" Chromebook Plus and the new Casa Pop-Up Desk that includes a wireless trackpad that works with ChromeOS. The HP 15.6" review is the second to last review of Chromebook Plus models that were launched back in October, so we also talked through that process and why the Lenovo Slim 3i is still Robby's favorite. The second half of the conversation is all about the new Logitech Casa Pop-Up Desk that we recently stumbled upon. This interesting multi-device "desk in a box" setup looks great all on its own but through some investigation, we've discovered that the Casa is a Works With Chromebook certified device, making it the only wireless trackpad option for ChromeOS right now. So, as you might imagine, we are pretty excited about the Casa and can't wait to test it out soon.  LINKS HP 15.6-inch Chromebook Plus review [VIDEO] Acer Chromebook Plus 515 review [VIDEO] Big savings return for my favorite Chromebook: the Acer 516 GE Lenovo Chromebook Slim 3i: is this ‘Chromebook Plus’? [VIDEO] Lenovo Slim 3i Chromebook Plus Review: my favorite of the bunch [VIDEO] If the Slim 3i Chromebook Plus stays at $339.99, it’s the one to beat Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 14
1 hr 5 min
What it's like to use the Pixelbook in 2024
This week on The Chrome Cast, we generally stick to a single topic: using the venerable Pixelbook in 2024. Originally released in the fall of 2017, the Pixelbook still largely stands alone in the world of laptops and Chromebooks when we talk about sheer ingenuity, aesthetics, and build quality. There’s simply never been anything like it before or since. But the larger conversation around this Chromebook circles back to the reasons Google is no longer actively developing any in-house Chromebooks. As halo devices, Chromebooks like the Pixelbook, Pixel Slate, and Pixelbook Go were largely used to shine the light on general Chromebook deficits. With manufacturers truly picking up the slack, there’s just no need for Google to light the way any longer. But we still really wish they would. Links Using a Pixelbook in 2024: is it still just as amazing? [VIDEO] Google Pixelbook Review: More Than Just An Expensive Chromebook 2017 Google Hardware Event (Pixelbook section) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 6
1 hr 5 min
The importance of a potential Samsung Galaxy Chromebook Plus
This week on The Chrome Cast podcast, we’re diving deep into the potential of a new device from Samsung and why we think it’s the perfect time for a Galaxy Chromebook Plus. In case you’ve missed it, we’ve been reporting on the development of a new board in the repositories called “Xol” that we think could be a new Galaxy Chromebook Plus and so this took up much of our discussion this week but for good reason, it’s super exciting! We believe it’s time for Google and Samsung to work closely together to finally deliver the Galaxy Chromebook we all want! As part of the discussion around Samsung and Xol, we also chatted about a crazy discount on the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 that has dropped the price of that device to $299 and how wild Chromebook deals like this affect the market. As always, we get a little off the rails talking about EV chargers and Gemini, too, but we tried our best to keep things focused. Hope you enjoy listening, cheers! EPISODE LINKS New Chromebook ‘Xol’ emerges with an Assistant Key built in Why ‘Xol’ could become the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook Plus More clues that ‘Xol’ may be the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook Plus My favorite Chromebook Plus model hits a new all-time low price The deal sweetens on the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2, now $400 off Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 29
1 hr 7 min
A new Samsung Galaxy Chromebook Plus could be on the way
This week on the The Chrome Cast podcast, it's all about hardware! We are working our way through the Chromebook Plus reviews and have two new videos that we discuss. The first is our favorite of the bunch, the Lenovo Slim 3i Chromebook Plus. We dive into why Robby absolutely loves this Chromebook, from the excellent build quality and rigidity to the punchy screen and great keyboard. There's a lot to like with this one and it highlights the best of Chromebook Plus in all the right ways. In the second half of the show, we talk through the review of the ASUS Vibe CX34 review, the most flashy of the new Chromebook Plus models. And we wrap up the show with a discussion of a new device called "Xol" that Robby has been tracking and believes is a new Chromebook from Samsung, maybe a new Galaxy Chromebook Plus. We made note of this in the introduction but this episode was recorded remotely and we had a few technical issues. If you notice a slight echo while Robby is talking or a little static feedback in parts, we apologize. We are working to figure out a setup that gives you all that crispy audio that you've all come to expect from The Chrome Cast!  Links Lenovo Slim 3i Chromebook Plus Review: my favorite of the bunch The best Chromebook Plus model available just hit its lowest-ever price ASUS Chromebook Plus CX34 Review New Chromebook ‘Xol’ emerges with an Assistant Key built in Why ‘Xol’ could become the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook Plus Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 22
41 min
GeForce NOW turns 4, Acer Chromebook Plus 515 review
This week on The Chrome Cast, we stick to two major themes: the evolution and growth of NVIDIA GeForce NOW as it turns 4 years old and our review of the Acer Chromebook Plus 515. With GeForce NOW, there’s so much that has changed in their four years of existence, and nearly all of it has been for the better. For the Acer Chromebook Plus 515 review, we chose to go a bit of a different route this time around, streamlining things to publish one of the shortest reviews we’ve ever made. And there’s a reason for it: Chromebook Plus is just that reliably good. When it comes down to it, as long as Chromebook Plus is on the lid, it’s going to be a solid overall experience. Links GeForce NOW turns 4, adds two new big titles you can play on a Chromebook GeForce NOW just keeps getting better on Chromebooks [VIDEO] Acer Chromebook Plus 515 review [VIDEO] Chromebook Plus on the cheap: Acer 515 is now available for just $219.99 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 2
1 hr 14 min
Some thoughts on CES 2024
This week on The Chrome Cast, we take a look at CES 2024 and explain a bit about why we weren’t in attendance, why not many Chromebook announcements were made there, and what about the show stood out this week as coverage from other outlets flooded our news feeds. It’s a fun show that gives us a chance to spend a lot of our time talking about the new Chromebooks from ASUS and a bit about some fun tech that showed up in Las Vegas this year. Links Unboxing the new ASUS Chromebook CM30 Detachable tablet [VIDEO] Why the new ASUS ExpertBook CX54 Chromebook Plus could be more affordable than you think Early hands-on with the insane new ASUS ExpertBook CX54 Chromebook Plus [VIDEO] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 12
1 hr 12 min
A look back at 2023
This week on The Chrome Cast, we take a look back at the tentpole moments of 2023 and how things changed over the last 365 days not just for us here at Chrome Unboxed, but for ChromeOS, Chromebooks and Google, too. From Chromebook Plus to the Dragonfly Pro to AI and more, we spend a good bit of time unpacking all the stuff that made 2023 the year that it was. Links 2023 Chrome Unboxed Year in Review Introducing Chromebook Plus: the new standard for fast, capable, fun-to-use devices [VIDEO] CES 2023: HP Dragonfly Pro Chromebook hands-on impressions [VIDEO] ChromeOS 116 makes the move to the new Lacros Chrome browser an absolute breeze [VIDEO] Stadia says farewell with a beautiful parting gift for its players We don’t need AI hardware in Chromebook Plus to use AI features…yet I accidentally dropped my Pixel Fold from 5 feet onto asphalt off of a moving golf cart The best Chromebook deals today: always updated Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 5
1 hr 21 min
The wildly-encouraging state of affordable Chromebooks
On this episode of The Chrome Cast, we begin by talking about the amazing deals out there right now for Chromebooks under $300, and the conversation simply took off from that point. We’re in a stage in the Chromebook story where Chromebook Plus is a relevant player in the overall narrative that is driving prices for great Chromebooks down to pretty remarkable places. Just a few years ago, I loathed talking too much about affordable Chromebooks because most of them were flat-out bad and not fun to use. At the end of 2023, however, that is less and less the case, and there are so many great Chromebooks under $300 at this point that I think the landscape for Chromebooks and ChromeOS will look quite different by this point in 2024. Show Links Our favorite budget Chromebooks under $300 The best Chromebook deals today: last-minute edition 10 ways AI is being used on Chromebooks right now We don’t need AI hardware in Chromebook Plus to use AI features…yet Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 22, 2023
49 min
ASUS launches the new King of Chromebooks
On this episode of The Chrome Cast, we really did attempt to continue with our one-subject-per-podcast format this week, but in talking about ASUS' newly-launched ExpertBook CX54 Chromebook Plus, our conversation diverged to include not just ASUS' new, top-dog Chromebook, but Chromebook Plus, the HP Dragonfly Pro Chromebook, Intel Core i3 performance, and Intel's new Core Ultra-branded chips for laptops across the board. Obviously, the main focus of our discussion is all about this wildly-over-the-top new Chromebook that came out of nowhere, however, and there's just a lot to talk about with this surprising new device that could be the Chromebook to beat in 2024. Links ASUS ExpertBook CX54 Chromebook Plus: the new King of Chromebooks? Why the HP Dragonfly Pro is still the absolute King of Chromebooks Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 16, 2023
1 hr
Let's create a "Best Chromebooks" list together
For this episode of The Chrome Cast, we're sticking with our new format of sticking to a single topic. And this time around, we've decided to work through our "Best Chromebooks" list for the end of the year live on the podcast. There was no planning for this and you can listen as we talk through and create the list that will likely become what we're thinking will be our first-ever "12 Chromebooks of Christmas". How's that for a bit of multitasking? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 1, 2023
47 min
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