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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not for me...
by Moochman on Wed 7th May 2014 02:04 UTC
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The reason Chromebooks are popular is because they are cheap, low-maintenance and simple to use. But the always-connected and cloud-storage requirements are deal-breakers, as is the seriously limited selection of "apps". I would never recommend a Chromebook to anyone, except maybe a completely computer-dislexic 94-year old relative who I knew would never use his computer outside of his broadband/wireless-connected house. The fact is that there are more than enough Windows laptops out there that can compete on cost and offer comparable performance, and increasingly they even offer touchscreens. 300-dollar Windows laptops with touchscreens, touch-optimized Office, and heaping servings of "real" apps and games are around the corner, and to me that sounds like a far more enticing offer than anything a Chromebook could ever provide.

Edited 2014-05-07 02:07 UTC

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