Google has now officially entered a whole new territory with it’s newly launched Chromebooks. In simple words these are extremely light laptops that run Google’s Chrome OS and store user data on the cloud. You can pretty much use it as a disposable machine and even throw one into the river without fearing your data might get lost (watch video below). As of now Google has revealed specifications for two Chromebooks to be sold by Samsung and Acer. The Chromebooks go on sale from June 15.
If you run down the set of features on the Chromebooks, they include – instant boot time of 8 seconds, WiFi and 3G connectivity, complete storage on the cloud, web applications using Chrome web store, automatic updates and a few things here and there. So in my opinion, Google’s Chromebooks are pretty much another version of a netbook. Only in this case they run on Chrome OS and of course Google’s reputation.
As far as pricing is concerned, there are a few interesting points to note. The consumer price for these Chromebooks is around $350-500. There are usage based plans for enterprise and educational users with prices ranging from $20 per user, per month to $31 per user, per month. There is a minimum quantity of 10 user limit on the business plans. That means you’ll need to buy 10 Chromebooks to avail the pricing. Check details pricing for Google Chromebooks below:
Coming down to the main discussion – will you give up your netbook for a Chromebook? Let’s take a simple look at it. You use your netbook to do all the basic little things like checking e-mail, looking at documents, photos and some social networking. Your netbook runs for a long time and provides decent computing capabilities. Chromebooks are pretty much the same thing, the main difference here is that the software runs exceptionally well on the low-cost hardware. Chromebooks mean business and that’s all about the web.
Next up, the tablet. Can Google Chromebooks replace tablets? I’d say why do you even ask. Chromebooks are not tablets and why compare a fish to a bird? For a moment let’s compare them on a usage pattern. You probably use a tablet for all the same reasons that one would use a netbook for, apart from the orgasmic touchscreen fun. If you could accomplish your tasks much quicker on a Chromebook, would you give up the touchscreen joys? I’d leave that to you.
From a user’s perspective – I do find Chromebooks enticing enough for a try. I wouldn’t wanna throw them in the river but I would really want something that is quick, easy and a no-nonsense machine. It might take some time for these Chromebooks to catch up and I wouldn’t recommend you go buy one the moment it comes out. As they say, wait for the dust to settle. But it’s a decent start to a whole new era of smart computing.