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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They are nice
by nadiasvertex on Wed 7th May 2014 18:15 UTC
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I have a Chromebook, development hardware from the initial rollout. The device is great. I don't use it every day, and it's not powerful enough for developing code (which is what I do.)

However, it is very nice when I need to do something that my tablet is not powerful enough (or convenient enough) for, and when my laptop would be overkill.

For example, I use it for a lot of document editing. Sometimes I use it to look at websites that don't have a good mobile alternative.

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