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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Bought one last year.
by leos on Wed 7th May 2014 02:22 UTC
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Thinking that instead of a tablet a cheap device with a laptop keyboard would be more useful. Well I haven't touched it in 4 months.

Doesn't run any apps so aside from the web it's totally useless.
My phone is a better web browser and significantly faster.
It's useless for work since Google Docs is miserably inadequate and I can't run Teamviewer for remote desktop (and chrome remote desktop doesn't work).
I'm no longer interested into putting all my data into Google's hands.
For a while it was used only for Netflix, but now not even that.

Wouldn't work for my parents either. The iPad is much better for them, and they still need their computer to do the occasional spreadsheet and word doc.

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