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Does Anyone Care About Chromebooks?

Devices running ChromeOS is the 21st Century version of the Network Computer -- a dumb device that depends almost entirely on the smarts of the network. When Google first talked about it, tablets weren't quite as on fire and no one cared about Chrome-based notebooks. Now that tablets are fully engulfed, included those based on Android, no one still cares about Chrome-based notebooks, I'd say. That didn't stop Google from announcing new stuff recently in the form of some software updates and a new user interface.

Samsung, one of the few OEM partners, announced a couple of new boxes. Being Johnny on the spot, I rushed to Best Buy see one of the beauties, which start at only $300 -- the same as a decently featured Windows 7 laptop. The only problem was there weren't any Chromebooks to be found! Since I already have a decently featured Windows 7 laptop, I walked out of the store with a brand new iPad, which has already been taken over by my five-year-old daughter Kiley. I let you know how I like it after I pry it from her sweet, little fingers. One thing I do know is that it is resistant to blue Slushies, which is great since I didn't buy the insurance!

Has anyone out there actually used one of these things and am I wrong to be so down? Set me straight at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on 06/08/2012 at 1:19 PM


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