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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Would love to have one
by ozonehole on Wed 7th May 2014 04:49 UTC
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A good friend of mine has a Samsung Chromebook and has allowed me to play with it. I think it's great, and would love to have one, but they aren't sold here in Taiwan. Amazon won't ship them abroad either. My friend bought his in Europe, and next time I have a trustworthy friend coming to visit me from the USA or Europe, I will ask him/her to bring me one.

There are several reasons why I find these machines very appealing, outside of the low price. First, small size and light weight. Second, you don't have to pay the "Microsoft tax." Third, and maybe most importantly, long battery life (about 10 hours).

By the way, my friend installed Linux on his, so has the full functionality of a laptop. Unfortunately, you do have to first boot ChromeOS and then switch to Linux, which is more awkward than a direct dual-boot setup. However, he does find ChromeOS to be perfectly adequate when he's just doing online things like email, blogging, reading news, etc.

While local storage is a good thing, I find that fully 90% of what I do is online anyway, so if I was using a Chromebook for serious work, I could probably get by with booting Linux only occasionally.

I definitely need a keyboard to get serious work done, so I am not satisfied with a tablet. A Chromebook looks to me like a very appealing compromise when I need portability. When I'm doing more graphic intensive work like photo editing and web site design, I really need my desktop.

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