Google’s speedy new Chrome Computers

With the same name as what has now climbed to #1 browser, Google released its own Chrome OS a few years ago. The operating system was marketed for its speed, web/cloud integration and streamlined usability – which are still the main focuses for the new Chromebooks and the “Chromebox” they have released with Samsung.

Here’s an ad for the new Chromebook:

The Chromebox is looking pretty sleek – if a little reminiscient of the Mac Mini – and it starts at US$329 with the following specs:

  • Intel® Core™ processor
  • 4 GB RAM
  • Built-in dual-band WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • Gigabit ethernet
  • 6 USB 2.0 ports
  • 2x DisplayPort++ Output (compatible with HDMI, DVI, VGA)
  • DVI single link output
  • Bluetooth 3.0™ compatible
  • Kensington™ key lock compatible

And the Chromebook comes in three different models: The Acer AC700, starting at $299; the Samsung Series 5, starting at $349 and; the Samsung Series 5 550, starting at $449.

What do you guys think? Is Google ready to invade the computer hardware world and begin their complete domination? Or will this struggle to get its foot in the door like Google+ has?

[Via The Next Web]


13 Responses to Google’s speedy new Chrome Computers

  1. I've used a Chromebook extensively, and while the boot up speed is nice — unless you only want to chat, or surf the web, it's pretty useless.

    Good for what it is, but not much more than that.

    • I know this is kind of snarky of me, but isn't the intended audience of the Chromebook pretty much for people who only want to chat and surf the web? >_>

  2. Chrome OS is useful only for netbooks. Netbooks are growing right now, but the niche they fill lies within the gap between full PCs and smartphones — a gap which is narrowing rapidly. As the two get closer together, they will drive everything between them into obsolescence, especially netbooks. The fact is that people WANT local storage, and people WANT local applications. PCs and smartphones have both of those capabilities, so as soon as either draws close enough to the netbook’s niche, it will immediately become the preferable option in all cases. Unless Google works on developing a full and proper OS right now and has it ready to roll out at the drop of a hat when the converging technologies demand it, Chrome OS is going to be trampled very suddenly and very soon.

    tldr: They’re pushing a technology already on the verge of obsolescence. They’d better be ready to change it quickly.

  3. Browsing, yes, and some schools are starting to get them for digital textbooks – I have no problem with them for that. (Rather than feeling like they have to shell out for iPads. :P)

  4. I'm actually considering giving my father one of these, that way he can't screw up his fossil of a computer anymore just to have me fix it.

    Actually there are a few people I know who would be better off with one of these.

    I would use it myself, if I don't have pay for it.

  5. I believe google took a poor approach to this concept. Android has always held its strength in the mobile phone department. I believe they should use that focus in their design, we all like using smart phones for surfing the web or playing games etc but they are so small for making it a truly enjoyable experience. In my opinion they need to make a netbook or even a desktop setup designed specifically to plug your phone right into and power the devices. Lets face it phones have gotten a lot more powerful and refined within the last year and that curve will continue to grow. It won't be long before they can easily be a computer right in your hand. College kids could go to campus and plug it in and work as if they were at home, the business man can make his home computer his work computer etc. This is googles strongest weapon vs Microsoft, after all we will never give up our phones if you can make them more appealing then a standard desktop computer its only natural they will begin to replace them. This is still 3 to 4 years in the making but I'll tell you this google is the first company who might be able to make a real second option over windows for the everyday OS of choice. I'm excited to see how this will all play out.

  6. From my point of view, the success of the chromebook requires an integrated approach for me, specifically (and the small public I represent) to use it. Activities such as programming can't be done in the cloud yet. As for the average consumer, I'd think it presents a lot of advantages over regular computers: fast boot, good price(?), cloud focus, built-in antivirus, automated updates and being run by a trusted company such as Google. Not to mention the capability of logging in any computer as if it was your own. Only time will tell for sure, though.

  7. maybe i am old-fashioned, but i do not trust the cloud with data supposed to stay private. not for storage and neither for processing. that does not mean i would not use the cloud for data i want to share/publish.

    so if i want to use it for anything other than sharing/publishing or browsing i need a system that has the ability to store and process data as well as applications locally. i tried using netbooks for that and was very disappointed with their performance. now i am using something that some time ago would have been described as a “subnotebook”. it has a small screen and case like a netbook but it also has the processing power and memory of a full-sized notebook. for me that is the best of both worlds and i am not inclined to give any of that up for a system whose only benefit is that it would boot some 90 seconds faster.

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