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The Google Cr-48 Chrome is a notebook computer designed primarily for developers and early adopters.

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Pros

Built-in 3G

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Sleek, professional matte-black look

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Runs cool

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Cloud-based, so you've always got the latest software up to date

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Almost instant-on boot

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Solid state drive

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beautiful customized chiclet keyboard and oversized multitouch clickpad

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free 3G connectivity - 100MB of data from Verizon every month

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Low-cost of ownership (minimal hardware, no software costs)

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capable of running Flash

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cool environmentally friendly packaging

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12.1", 16:10 matte display with 1280 x 800px resolution

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good battery life for a netbook at ~8 hours

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battery sits flush with the case

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Cons

non-commercial hardware - will probably never be sold to the public

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Only available as part of the pilot program for now

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battery life cannot match the top netbooks or tablets available, falls short at 8 hours

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not that portable at the end of the day - 12" display size, somewhat heavy at 3.6 pounds

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Flash performance is abysmal

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Intel Atom processor - not as energy efficient as a ARM based netbook or tablet

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The Google Cr-48 Chrome is a notebook computer designed primarily for developers and early adopters. This is an early model of notebook computer designed by Google to run on low power, and has a number of significant differences from a standard notebook. Storage is handled entirely by flash memory rather than a standard hard disk drive, and the Atom processor runs Google's proprietary Chrome OS which closely resembles the browser of the same name. The chiclet style keyboard replaces the Caps Lock key with a Search key, removes the Function buttons and numeric keypad, and has oversized Alt and Ctrl buttons. A multi-touch clickpad handles the cursor, and the 12.1 inch display works in 1280x800 resolution.

Features
  • Atom processor
  • Chrome OS
  • Chiclet style keyboard
  • Simplified keyboard layout
  • Multi-touch clickpad
  • Built-in speakers
  • 12.1 inch display, 1280 x 800 resolution
  • Clean matte black finish
  • Flash memory
  • VGA socket, USB port, 3.5mm headphone jack, SD card slot
Post Review
Erik
12/13/2010 12:38

I have mixed feelings about the Google Chrome OS. Where does it fit in? Does it replace the laptop? Or the tablet? Or is it a new niche?

I'm intrigued, but I'm not sure if my intrigue will ever materialize in ownership.

Yale

Yale

12/13/2010 12:40

it looks like they're going after tablets, in a netbook form factor - which is so passe. What if they put it in a tablet? that changes the game for me. That said, I'll wait for Adam reviews, and if they aren't amazing I'm grabbing an iPad 2. Can't wait 3 years for you Google.

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