Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 21st Feb 2013 20:48 UTC
Google It's turning out to be a bit of a crazy week for cool new products, isn't it? We already got Ubuntu Touch Preview for phones and tablets, then we got the new PlayStation 4 yesterday, and today Google surprised us all by launching the Chromebook Pixel. Google's first laptop appears to be a stunning machine - just don't ask who the hell it's for.
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Elderly safe?
by Priest on Fri 22nd Feb 2013 08:39 UTC
Priest
Member since:
2006-05-12

At least one thing about it is that it should be less resistant to infection than that other OS my inlaws use for banking and facebook.

Just because their needs /could/ be met by a $300 system doesn't mean they are attached to the idea of spending no more than $300.

Besides, for a huge amount of people I know the only thing they need a fast system for is gaming. Maybe their goal is to produce a niche product that will allow ChromeOS to expand to gaming.

In theory it's powerful enough to run a lot of stuff currently in my steam library.

Microsoft wants to charge $100/year to rent Office 365. Home and Business is $220 and if your PC dies the licence is lost with it. The Outlook client alone costs $110. Yes, $110 for an email client.

Pixel doesn't offer much value yet due to lack of software but if people start defecting from their PC's Google wants to be ready to support higher end needs as well as $300 budgets.

That and I doubt many people want to write software for ChromeOS using a $250 toy laptop.

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RE: Elderly safe?
by BushLin on Sun 24th Feb 2013 23:59 in reply to "Elderly safe?"
BushLin Member since:
2011-01-26

Depends on whether you consider what Google does is akin to spyware but I see your point. People who aren't clued up are easily taken in by deceptive buttons and such, Windows is still a nightmare security wise when someone is click happy.

However, when it comes to actually getting some work done... there's nothing stopping you from grabbing an older copy of MS Office very cheap now, sadly there's still no real competition for anything but the most basic of spreadsheets.

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