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Google revealed on Wednesday a Chrome OS-based notebook, a device it's been talking about for several months. Called "Chromebooks," the laptops will initially be available from Samsung and Acer June 15 through Amazon and Best Buy. The devices were unveiled at Google I/O, the Internet search giant's annual conference, held this week in San Francisco. The Chromebooks will last all day on a single charge and will have WiFi and optional 3G capabilities. As one might guess by the name, they will come pre-loaded with the Google Chrome browser.
So why are these "Chromebooks" going to cost that much? Its not a OS from MS and its basically The Chrome browser running in a Linux shell for hardware. The hardware will be a Atom duel core and probably Intel graphics. What person will spend that much for so little?
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think there will be some difficulty selling these laptops as far as for businesses. No Microsoft Office software availability? Bad news if you ask me. Plus, the Google Chrome browser has given me issues with webpages before. How do you think people would like one browser that can't load pages properly? I've also had problems uploading with Chrome. That's almost half of what cloud notebooks are based on; uploading to the Internet. If users will have trouble uploading, then they can't really do too much with their laptops, can they?
I'd be delighted to buy a computer that frees me from the tyranny of Microsoft and the expense of Apple, but it would have to have offline capabilities, such as running Open Office, the thinking man's Microsoft Office, and other proprietary software. I'd be interested to know which processor it'll be using and if it has a hard disk, solid-state or otherwise. It'd also have to include a web cam. If it cannot do some or any of these things, it might well be a device before its time, as not everyone has continuous broadband access to access the cloud.
Posted by: jescott418
2011-05-13 07:26:56 In reply to: BobHG
Bob, I think both the Samsung and the Acer with only have a two core Atom with probably Intel graphics. I am thinking in will have SSD for a drive considering the price,size and touted 7 second boot times. It has some sort of Linux shell,but I will assume that you will have to use Google Doc's for a Office suit or whatever Google has in a App store. Remember, this is a Google Eco System project. So I expect Google to control it. Probably much worse the Apple's closed Eco System.