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I really think that Acer's attempt at building a Chromebook is pretty weak. I mean why is Google and Acer trying to build a netbook when clearly the market has said that either they want a tablet or a powerful notebook? This in-between crap is going to kill the Chromebook project all together.

Netbooks were so 3 years ago - Apple killed that category with iPad.
 

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You think? I mean the reason the Chromebook is like this is because so many business users want a keyboard soon, remember that the specs are because everything is online, not because it isn't intended to do big jobs.
 

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I'm a writer so having a quick boot machine and not having to worry about data are more important to me than power. Tablets are fine for recreation but they're not comfortable for typing so maybe I fall squarely into the Chromebook target market. I use the net heavily for work and I also plan to have a tablet, but the tablet will not be my main computing device.
 

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I've noticed that most reviewers who diss the chromebook spend most of their time talking about what it looks like, what it feels like, etc., which for me I could care less. What does it do is so much more important.
 

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i would think that these Chromebooks seems more like beta testing for the mass but sold as a final product, im sure quick google will realize the hardware isnt up to par and they require much more!
 

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Having anything and everything on Google's cloud computer is a radical change.

This will increase revenues of Internet Service Providers and need for better services like 4G etc, apart from competition to Amazon's Cloud Computing (Web Services Division).

Google is hitting Microsoft Business clients, Amazon as well as Apple iPad -- all with One shot!

Plus the target customers being Students will make sure future generation customers are already created!

Google at it's best!! Awesome.
 

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Yeah, it is like a big beta test. Wouldn't it be nice if Google gave a free one to every American to start out with, you know so we could test it. :p Haha, anyhow iPad is not what we all thought it would be, so I am ready to see what Google Chrome Book's have to offer.
 

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i would think that these Chromebooks seems more like beta testing for the mass but sold as a final product, im sure quick google will realize the hardware isnt up to par and they require much more!
You use Windows, don't you? But you are on to something with the beta testing idea, these are not going to be sold anywhere but the internet but probably not because Google wants beta testers, they want a die-hard core of people that will talk about their chromebook, show it to people, and adore it. That would not happen if mom came home from the store with a new chromebook for jimmy when he wanted a windows machine that takes hundreds of megs of ram just to start up... chromebook uses chromium and linux, running those two(plus a status bar, a taskbar, and a fully-functional desktop manager) I only need about 60 megs of ram. That's less than a tenth of what I usually see windows using after I log in without a browser running - if your idea on the hardware is based on comparisons to a windows machine then start comparing iPad hardware to the same.
 

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You use Windows, don't you? But you are on to something with the beta testing idea, these are not going to be sold anywhere but the internet but probably not because Google wants beta testers, they want a die-hard core of people that will talk about their chromebook, show it to people, and adore it. That would not happen if mom came home from the store with a new chromebook for jimmy when he wanted a windows machine that takes hundreds of megs of ram just to start up... chromebook uses chromium and linux, running those two(plus a status bar, a taskbar, and a fully-functional desktop manager) I only need about 60 megs of ram. That's less than a tenth of what I usually see windows using after I log in without a browser running - if your idea on the hardware is based on comparisons to a windows machine then start comparing iPad hardware to the same.
Great post Ben! I totally agree with what you are saying. I actually just finished reading a bit of the book "In the Plex" which is about Google. They have a very interesting take on things, and you are right that you need to THROW OUT all your pre-conceived Windows notions, about how much RAM or HD space you might need... even processor. Its all just garble numbers. All you need to know is that Chromebook will be 10x faster than a Windows box REGARDLESS of the specs.
 

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Something which I dislike in any area of business and consumerism, is a monopoly. Google are doing an amazing job in offering an alternative to Windows, which isn't easy when so many people don't even realise there's an alternative!
 

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Samsung Series 5 much better

Even with the smaller price tag, i have to say, the samsung notebook looks ALOT better. plus, 11.6 inch screen is just too small
 

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Well, the more I am learning about the Chromebook just from being here, the more I would really like to have it. I am hearing a lot about speed, security and not having to save files, and I am loving the sound of it!
 

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I'm a writer so having a quick boot machine and not having to worry about data are more important to me than power. Tablets are fine for recreation but they're not comfortable for typing so maybe I fall squarely into the Chromebook target market. I use the net heavily for work and I also plan to have a tablet, but the tablet will not be my main computing device.
Exactly! The greatest difference between a netbook and a Chromebook is the booting speed. So you could say the Chromebook is a tablet on steroids in the form of a laptop.
 

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Great post Ben! I totally agree with what you are saying. I actually just finished reading a bit of the book "In the Plex" which is about Google. They have a very interesting take on things, and you are right that you need to THROW OUT all your pre-conceived Windows notions, about how much RAM or HD space you might need... even processor. Its all just garble numbers. All you need to know is that Chromebook will be 10x faster than a Windows box REGARDLESS of the specs.
I second that!
 

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It is important to understand that the new Chrome OS is just that-- a new OS. It cannot be compared directly with windows when comparing hardware and specs.
 

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i agree it cannot be compared but it can be judges against it as it slowly evolves and adopt to what people want!
 

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Actually, I am very interested in ACER's Chromebook offering as someone who attends about 60-100 daylong offsite meetings (usually in hotels or conference centers). The ACER CB seems to be a more workable size for local travel.

TBH, I would like to know the price for the 3g-enabled ACER model. I am assuming Verizon's 3g pricing plan for Chromebooks is hardware agnostic...
 
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