So the Chromebook has finally been announced, and first models will ship on June 15 in select countries (US and several European countries). Both Acer and Samsung have revealed some of the specs of the netbooks running Google's Chrome OS. Both Chromebooks will be powered by a dual-core Intel Atom cpu and a 1280x800 display. Both have built-in WiFi and optionally 3G for connectivity. The Samsung device is estimated to run for 8.5 hours without power connection, Acer's device for 6 hours.
Some specs have not been revealed yet. We do not know the MHz of the cpu, the size of the internal hard drive or the RAM. Acer's Chromebook starts at $349, Samsung's at $429, which is pricey if you compare it to other netbook offers.
But hardware or appearance is not the thing that sets the netbook aside from other offerings. It is that it ships with Chrome OS, Google's attempt to get a foothold in the operating system market.
Instead of writing a long article about Chrome OS' advantages and disadvantages, I though it would be nice to post a top 5 list instead. The top 5 things that get me excited, and the top 5 things that disappoint.
I for one will not buy a Chromebook at this point in time. I'd like to play around with one though, to experience it first hand. What's your take on this?
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