Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 6th May 2014 20:54 UTC
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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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tylerdurden
Member since:
2009-03-17

There is already a generation of people raised with the expectation of 24/7 connectivity. And for things like school districts, collaborative environments, light personal use/consumption of content, etc... these things sort of make sense.

It's not my personal cup of tea. But just because I'm not the intended target for a product, it does not necessarily mean there is not a market for it.

Also, chromebooks are an attractive proposal for HW manufacturers, given the current state of the desktop/PC market.

Edited 2014-05-06 22:08 UTC

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moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

There is already a generation of people raised with the expectation of 24/7 connectivity.


Which isn't there when you travel outside big cities.

Plus those people are anyway better served with tablets than a 300€ browser.

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tylerdurden Member since:
2009-03-17


Which isn't there when you travel outside big cities.


Unless your "consulting" gig involved traveling to every place on earth, you could be simply using a very partial, biased, and grossly minuscule data set to define a whole market.

Besides, the majority of the population in developed countries tend to live in urban areas.


Plus those people are anyway better served with tablets than a 300€ browser.


And it's up to consumers to make that decision. These products most definitively not meet my needs, but I'm keenly aware my needs are probably non representative of the whole market.

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tkeith Member since:
2010-09-01

I still don't understand the hate on this site for chromebooks. Like you said, they are great for education and small businesses. Far simpler to maintain and faster for the same money than a windows machine. My son's school uses them, a much better use of resources than buying $600 ipads AND $1200 imacs like many schools do. I recently picked up the 14" HP model(haswell). It's fast, has a special restricted user mode for my kids and even comes with free 200MB of T-mobile 4g. I've been desperately trying to get my Dad to get a Chromebox. It's too hard to try and troubleshoot and maintain his Linux box over the phone. For $180 it has basically no competition.

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hobgoblin Member since:
2005-07-06

Chromebooks are pretty much what i ended up using my Asus 901 for.

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