If you’re reading this, you’re probably also firmly embedded in the wider Chromosphere of niche-y tech news that tracks and reports Chrome/Chromium OS. And that means you’ve probably also caught that, at CES last week, Acer and HP unveiled the world’s first Chromebooks with AMD processors.

At least a dozen other outlets all covered those announcements, heralding it as a major new step in hardware support for Chrome OS.

Want to know how we reacted here at Neverware?


"Look! AMD Chromebooks!" ——— "....Whoopee...." (◔_◔)

We love any and all attention that Chrome/Chromium OS can get, but we’ve already been hard at work for years making sure that the dozens of AMD-based certified models on our list work reliably (not to mention the thousands of non-certified AMD devices our Home Edition users are happily using). From our vantage point, it’s hard to see this as anything besides Google and AMD arriving late to their own party.

We are of course happy to see the rest of the Chromosphere (see how I’m coining this term?) show some enthusiasm for the idea that a secure, manageable, browser-based OS should be available on any hardware… but for the record, we were into that before it was cool.

So, are these new devices from HP and Acer really the world’s first AMD Chromebooks? Technically… yes.
But, in rebuttal, let me leave you with the following list of AMD devices that were certified for CloudReady long before CES 2019:

  • Acer Aspire One 721

  • Acer Aspire One 722

  • Acer Aspire V5-122P

  • Apple iMac 7,1

  • Apple iMac 8,1

  • Apple iMac 11,2

  • Asus X401U

  • Dell Inspiron Zino 410

  • Dell Optiplex 580

  • HP 215 G1

  • HP 3115m

  • HP 3125

  • HP Compaq 6005 Pro

  • HP Compaq 8510p

  • HP Compaq dc5850

  • HP Elitebook 6910p

  • HP ProBook 655

  • HP Probook 4510s

  • HP Probook 4525s

  • HP Probook 6440b

  • HP Probook 6445b

  • HP Probook 6455b

  • HP Probook 6465b

  • HP Proobook mt41

  • HP t610

  • Lenovo ThinkCentre M77

  • Lenovo Thinkpad 11e G2

  • Lenovo Thinkpad X140e

  • Lenovo Thinkpad x120e

  • Lenovo Thinkpad x130e

  • Lenovo Thinkpad x131e

  • Zotac ZBOX MA760

  • Zotac ZBOX MA761