Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 6th May 2014 20:54 UTC

If you haven't picked up a Chromebook just yet, you might want to wait a little longer. Intel has just announced plans to roll out as many as 20 new Chromebooks by the latter half of this year. This new set will be thinner, lighter, more powerful and generally more diverse in terms of design. It's clear that Google is making a play for the mainstream.

I applaud any efforts to get people to buy new platforms, but in all honesty, I've yet to see a Chromebook in the wild - in fact, I don't even think I've ever even seen one in a store. Granted, I live in a small country nobody cares about, and the uptake of non-Windows platforms in desktops and laptops has always been pretty abysmal here, but you'd think you'd see more of these things.

What is the current state of Chrome OS? Owners, do you use it every day? What do you miss in a Chromebook that a traditional Linux/Windows/OS X laptop does offer?

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Everyday use and consulting
by xeoron on Tue 6th May 2014 22:00 UTC
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Mine is over a year old and for 59 bucks (I had a gift card), I am very happy with how it works. Though, I wish they would make it easier to setup dual booting into Linux or sell them with that feature.

I use mine everyday to do regular web-stuff in the living room. I, also, use it as a loner when fixing peoples computers (knowing they can't mess up the software even on the guest account) or I use it in the field as a means to look things up on a larger screen that is not my phone, as well as download files and programs to load onto other systems. People that try my Chromebook often want one for themselves and ask how to get one, especially after hearing the price ranges. I find people over 40 seem to love it anyone below that age group it goes other way, hate or love.

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