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Google Chromebooks go on sale

updated 02:10 pm EDT, Wed June 15, 2011

Google Chrome OS hits stores

Google marked its official step into desktop operating systems Wednesday by shipping the first Chromebooks. Both the Acer Cromia and Samsung Series 5 are on sale today both through Amazon (above) and Best Buy's online shop. France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the UK can get it as well but will have to turn to local retailers.

Just two models start off the range. The 11.6-inch Acer Cromia is the entry level and at $389 has a dual-core 1.66GHz Atom, 2GB of RAM, a 16GB SSD, and a six-hour battery. A 3G version is $450. Samsung's Series 5 ups the size to 12 inches with a longer-running 8.5-hour battery to match for $430 in Wi-Fi only guise and $500 for 3G.

Every American 3G model comes with 100MB of free Verizon data a month and can add more for a fee.

The systems are primarily aimed at toppling Microsoft's hold on netbooks and large-scale notebook sales, such as corporate and educational buyers. Chrome OS depends almost exclusively on the web and can always be up to date with a minimum of the setup associated with Windows. The lack of native apps and the sandboxing in Chrome also prevents many of the security issues.

Google's approach is conspicuously clear of Apple's, where the focus is on tablets and high-performance computers with native apps that sync to the cloud rather than rely on the cloud itself. Critics have said that Chrome OS flies against the company's own Android 3 tablet strategy and could undermine chances of competing against the iPad. Google has more lately answered that it sees Chrome OS as a more conventional notebook platform where Android is based around touch.

by MacNN Staff



  1. WiseWeasel

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Good luck with that, Google. Who in their right mind is going to buy this over a Windows laptop at the same price? Nobody, that's who!

  1. johncarync

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Half-hearted release

    Will it work with my Microsoft Kin phone? :-)

  1. nat

    Joined: Dec 1969


    i won't buy one but

    i'm sure as hail going to recommend them to everyone of my family back in that small town in ohio. all they do is facebook and browse. tired of being tech support person for them. let google take care of it.

  1. brainiac

    Joined: Dec 1969


    $400 for

    a wireless smart/dumb terminal because your netbook just wasn't enough.

  1. Jonathan-Tanya

    Joined: Dec 1969


    might be ok, but don't care

    I get it, its nice to pick up anywhere, and have your work - because it's on the cloud, not local.

    And the only way to make sure that is really the case, is to only have the option of working 'in the cloud' - if you have an os that supports local storage - well you will use it, and then the whole cloud thing doesn't happen. It makes sense, rework the OS from scratch.

    so chrome os - although not polished enough, is a nice idea.

    But tied to the netbook form factor? Working in the cloud doesn't mean I want a tiny screen. I still want a 17" screen. It doesn't mean I want an atom processor either.


  1. Mr. Strat

    Joined: Dec 1969


    No commercial potential

    Only techie suckers are gonna buy this thing. The Atom processor sucks regardless of clock speed. And overall, it's just a bad idea.

  1. facebook_Justin

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    Joined: Jun 2011


    comment title

    It's an Acer, expect it to fall apart right in your hands.

  1. thebiggfrogg

    Joined: Dec 1969


    The cloud is nice...

    as an OPTION. I want something that works on a sunny day too, damn it! I hate "the cloud" as panacea c***. Sometime mefi' no wifi! Of course, all cloud, all the time is great if you want everyone to shell out for data plans on mobile carriers.

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