Google’s Chromebook

Yesterday, Google announced their new cloud-based laptop would indeed be coming to market as the Chromebook. Users access the internet using the Chrome browser as their only interface.

With a Chromebook you won’t wait minutes for your computer to boot and browser to start. You’ll be reading your email in seconds. Thanks to automatic updates the software on your Chromebook will get faster over time. Your apps, games, photos, music, movies and documents will be accessible wherever you are and you won’t need to worry about losing your computer or forgetting to back up files. Chromebooks will last a day of use on a single charge, so you don’t need to carry a power cord everywhere. And with optional 3G, just like your phone, you’ll have the web when you need it. Chromebooks have many layers of security built in so there is no anti-virus software to buy and maintain. Even more importantly, you won’t spend hours fighting your computer to set it up and keep it up to date.

The Chromebook will be available to order on June 15th. While this sounds great and all, it sorta feels pointless. The Chromebook is pretty much pointless without internet access, so you almost have to get the 3G model. Also? Why wouldn’t you just pay a couple of hundred dollars more to get a iPad? Or an Android tablet once they get up to snuff?

Maybe this eats into the netbook market, but that was already dying because of the iPad anyways. Curious move on Google’s part. I like it in theory, but really not so much in practice. Here’s a bit more on how the security works.

There are six different models on display at Amazon and Gizmodo has prices for the laptops.

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  • Ryan Swarts May 12, 2011, 12:39 pm

    Interesting… I don't know exactly what will come of it, either. I've been lucky enough to have one of these (a 3G model) for the past few months. I won it as part of a contest held by a wireframing tool called Lucid Charts.

    I understand what you're saying, but I think it can fill a niche. It makes the perfect coffee table laptop. It won't have the awesome interaction of the iPad, but it does have a keyboard. And more and more apps are being developed for the Chrome system (the New York Times has a pretty good one out; download it in your regular desktop/laptop Chrome browser for a look).

    We'll see what ends up happening, but I think it could fill a need. Just like the Kindle is way better at e-reading and probably won't be killed by the iPad, maybe these can live side-by-side.

    • jamesfurbush May 12, 2011, 1:39 pm

      Yeah that's a great point. I actually like the idea of having a keyboard and would love to play around with one of these, just because everything I do is pretty much in a browser anyways and it would be nice to have, exactly what you said — a coffee table computer.

      Maybe that's what it'll come down to: just another option for couch computing. Some people may want the iPad, some people may want this. Ultimately, it really will only be as good as Chrome and the web, which is nice… I can't believe you have one of these. So jealous!