Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 11th Jul 2013 09:12 UTC
Google "Google's Chromebook was dismissed as a bare-bones laptop with limited appeal when it debuted two years ago. Now it's defying skeptics and gaining share as the rest of the personal-computer market shrinks. Chromebooks have in just the past eight months snagged 20 percent to 25 percent of the U.S. market for laptops that cost less than $300, according to NPD Group Inc. The devices, which have a full keyboard and get regular software updates from Google, are the fastest-growing part of the PC industry based on price, NPD said."
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Solid Devices
by REM2000 on Thu 11th Jul 2013 09:43 UTC
REM2000
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2006-07-25

I owned one for 6 months to investigate it's feasibility of use within my company (i personally purchased the machine). (Nov 2012 - May 2013). It was the Samsung ARM variant for £220.

I thought the machine worked really well, i could see us deploying it as a quick machine with no overhead, regarding updates, user profiles etc.. as users would simply log in with their google accounts.

The offline worked well, i used to be able to do a lot of work on the train which didn't have an internet connection.

The places were it did fall down was on logging in and security offline. I used two factor security with my google account and sometimes it would log off or restart itself, logging back in without an internet connection was a pain and usually couldn't be done.

I can see the use of these devices, for business and consumer, like i said earlier, zero config, easy to maintain, generally well made and very cheap. The battery also lasted for ages/hours.

However it really comes down to what you want to use it for. Anything remotely heavy and it's not the laptop for you.

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