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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There is definitely a target audience
by testadura on Thu 8th May 2014 08:35 UTC
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I am planning to buy one (HP chromebook 14) this week for my mother in law. She's over 70 years old and her old Windows desktop system doesn't cut it anymore.

For her occasional emailing and internet banking these machines are perfect. And no more maintenance for me.

These machines are not for power users (developers, content creators, etc). So please stop saying the're useless. Chromebooks provide the ease of a tablet (always-on, no maintenance) combined with proven technology what people actually make productive; mouse & keyboard. Even a tablet with a detachable keyboard (which needs to be recharged separately) will be too technical for most elderly people.

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