The Acer Chromebook Tab 10 is a 9.7 inch tablet with a 2048 x 1536 pixel display, a Rokchip OP1 processor, 4GB of RAM, and an active pen.

It’s also the first Chrome OS tablet to ship without a keyboard. It features a new user interface that’s been optimized for touch devices and as I noted in my in-depth review, the Acer Chromebook Tab 10 provides a first look at the future for tablets with Google software, since you can run Android apps, Linux apps, and the full Chrome web browser on this single touchscreen device.

There’s one small catch though: Acer has repeatedly said that the tablet is aimed exclusively at the education market. So while it may be the first Chrome OS tablet, it’s not necessarily the first one you should buy if you’re not a school.

That said, if you want one, now you can get one. The Chromebook Tab 10 is available for purchase from several mainstream and business-to-business retailers.

Newegg is selling the tablet for the estimate list price of $330. So is Promevo. CDW has it on sale for $340. And Amazon has it for around $350 and up, through several third-party sellers.

Since this is a tablet designed for the education market, Acer focused more on durability and usability than sleek design. And since the tablet has a relatively pokey ARM-based processor, I found that performance on this model is less than stellar if you want to do any serious multitasking.

That said, the Acer Chromebook Tab 10 is about half the price of the only other Chrome OS tablet that’s anything like it right now: the HP Chromebook x2 which comes with a detachable keyboard.

Update: After this post was published, Acer reached out to say that while the Chromebook Tab 10 is available to resellers, the primary target is “K-12 schools that have standardized on Chrome and are looking for an easy-to-use, durable, and portable device” that can be used and managed along with any other Chrome OS products that school may already be using.

via Chrome Unboxed

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3 replies on “The first Chrome OS tablet is now available for $330 and up (From Newegg, Amazon, or CDW)”

  1. In parts of the UK we use ‘pokey’ in two different ways, if a room is pokey then it’s small, but if a car is pokey this means that it has a lot of poke and is quite quick.

    From my knowledge of the OP1 it would not precisely fit into either of these definitions, but perhaps closer to something like ‘poxy’. It’s probably the reason I’m not trying to get my hands on this tablet.

  2. Touch devices like a geeky stylus? No thanks! I don’t need to use a stylus with an iPad.

  3. Man, I hate Amazon search. I type in “acer chromebook tab 10” and I get a bunch of Lenovo devices, Android tablets, chargers, and other accessories. In fact, it doesn’t even show up in Amazon’s 20 pages of “most relevant results”. I had to add a bunch of subtractions to the search (-case -lenovo and so on) to get the device to show up!

    So thanks for posting the link here. I just wish I had seen this here first!

    Now, if I could only get my supplier to finally ship my months-old order for one…

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