The Google Chromebook – No Tech talk needed
Written by Gadget Examiner Jerry Norflet
I love using my laptop with Windows 7 and office built-in. There was a time when I felt the same way about my Desktop computer as well. However, with the advent of Wi-Fi, the internet and reduction in the actual cost of the notebook computer, all of that has changed. The laptop plain and simple allows flexibility. It allows you to work anywhere in your home, typically, anywhere you can find a little privacy, even if that place insists on being outside, at pool side. However, as technology waits for no man, or person, in comes the next best thing, the tablet computer. Now, I like the tablet, especially the fact that there is no boot-up time, it’s instant on!!. However, I don’t like the fact that there really is no real keyboard. Now, enters the Google Chromebook, The Chromebook offers a great cross between instant on technology (5 second boot-up time), and contains a full keyboard. The Chromebook looks great, just like any normal notebook does. However, instead of having an operating system like Windows 7 or Mac OSX, the Google Chromebook is exclusively powered by “The Internet”.
What makes the Google Chrome book than a conventional notebook ? How about
- 5 second start-up times
- 8 hour battery life
- Built-in Wi-Fi
- Optional Wi-Fi
- Optional combination Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity
- No software to install or load
- No need to back-up files
- 5 gb cloud storage – FREE
The Chrome Book‘s ability to function is based purely on the internet. If you would like to listen to music you would use Google’s Play at Google.com, or you could watch streaming video on Netflix, You are also able to create, modify and store your Word, Excel, power point and your other creations using Google Docs, soon to become “Google Drive” .
The Chrome book includes 4 gb of RAM, 6 usb ports, blue tooth compatibility, 2 external display connectors, and includes a 12inch screen which along with the display ports supports 1080 HD. There are a couple of draw backs however. The Chrome books ability to print is based on something Google refs to as “Cloud print service”. This is due to the fact that the Chrome book does not have a printer port.
The Chrome Book retails for approximately $449 for the Wi-Fi only model and $549 for the combination Wi-Fi 3G version. There are two manufactures of the Chrome book, Acer and Samsung. Google has also dedicated a website to APPS for the Chrome Book, it can be found at Google.com/chromebook. You can check for availability on the Amazon.com website. This is a great little mini-notebook, I equate it to today’s version of yesterday’s newspaper. It allows you to bring internet connectivity with you wherever you may go. If you like to quickly read today’s headliner stories, or to quickly check the weather without the interference of technology, the Google Chrome book is the gadget for you.
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