Samsung Chromebook

Update: Looks like the $249 price was right. The Chromebook seems to have sold out, and is now listed as "coming soon".

Google's new Chromebook, made by Samsung, is available in the Google Play Store starting today for just $249. The latest iteration, which is now based on an ARM processor rather than Intel, comes packed with an 11.6-inch 1366x768 screen, Exynos 5 dual-core processor, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. The sparse internal storage is supplemented by 2 years of 100GB free Google Drive storage, which is a nice feature.

The idea of a Chromebook may be appealing to many of the Google-centric users among us, so what do you think? Can you live with just Google Chrome as your entire operating system? For $249, you may consider it.

Source: Google Play Store


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New Samsung Chromebook now available in the Google Play Store


If you take in account that you are getting 100gbs of storage for 2yrs valued at $119.76 and 12 free Gogo inflight internet passes at $150 min, your getting this for free. If you look at it that way, buying this now is steal and a no brainier.

I can't say this any more plainly enough: I absolutely, without a shred of reservation, could not give less of a shit about Chrome OS. Its an OS that has no business existing and frankly is draining resources at Google that should be going towards Android and other services that have been ignored for years. Prime example being Google Voice.

Such is your opinion. But the trend of technology is going more mobile by the day. More developers are dumping platform-specific applications for web-based applications. As an IT consultant I see it all the time. It may never happen, but there is a decent chance that in a few years everything will be web-based and the need for "applications" as PC users know it won't exist...and if that does happen Google will be out in front of the pack with this offering.

I completely agree. I was looking at the chrome web store recently and there are so many different web app offerings for things you at one time could only do on a windows/mac/linux based computer. Now you can do them all from the browser. I can see plenty of people being able to use this as their main computer. Many people don't need the kind of things that android offers they just wanna surf the web. That's all I ever do on my computer. I will probably be getting one just because of that.

I remember when not long ago people made similar statements about Android taking precious resources away from search. Google is not successful with a lot of their ventures, but they understand one thing better than most companies: be forward thinking. They have to develop things BEFORE you know you want them, not after, or else they will be behind the curve chasing someone else.

I'm getting one to work on my website and try to work on my novel. I have a killer rig, but I don't want to sit in front of my PC and traditional laptops are slow, heavy, or expensive. ChromeOS is an awesome option for at least some people, and a lot more who just don't know it yet.

I'd love to get my wife one of these, but she needs the ability to be print coupons, which requires a program be installed on the computer. Of course, this program is Mac and Windows. Is there a way to install and run and Windows programs on Chromebooks? If not, this is not an option, which sucks.

Convince her that the money you would save by buying a chromebook rather than a traditional laptop would offset the need to clip coupons.

I'm sure you can install windows or ubuntu/linux on any chrome book. Thats what I did to the Dev-Laptop/Netbook Google gave away to developers and random people when they were testing Chrome OS

that was intel. this is arm chip. ubuntu might work, but not windows. anyway, you could probably remote desktop into a cloud-based windows machine and get better performance.

Cloud print.

Im not too familiar with how it works, but I think you just need to also have chrome installed (and logged in) on whatever computer your printer is hooked up too. print via Google Cloud Print and you are good.

Yup, that's exactly how it works...and it does so quite well. Right now I have a little 9" Acer netbook from days of yore hooked up to my printer and I just send all my print jobs through Cloud Print...from anywhere. Sometimes for fun, I'll send a note to my wife from work. Freaks her out a little when the printer just starts kicking on by itself (which is probably why I do it.)

Eventually, when my media machine is finished, I'll hook it up to the printer and print through that but for now, it seems like a good use for something as limited as the Acer.

Google does have a cloud print option, but that depends on your printer. If you guys have a Windows PC hooked up to a printer, she could always email them to herself and then print them off.

I'm on the fence about the Chromebook. I'll wait for AC to do a review. Like Zero3187 said above; there are a ton of web apps now. I haven't looked lately until getting an interest in a Chromebook again. I started using a great time tracking app today, and a task list manager. Both available offline too.

For 249 bucks I'd give it a try.

I was on the fence for two years and finally brought one of these things after realizing that I spent 98% my time in Chrome browser. All I have to say is that it was one of the best decisions I could of ever made. Now my high end laptop is a dust magnet and the CB is now my device of choice, even over my Nexus 7. I wish they would've come out with this budget model sooner.

I have been on the fence about these Chromebooks for a while now as well; would be the perfect fit between my phone & tablet, and my desktop. At $250 its a done deal. Good call, Google.

Notebook for me is needs to do gaming... i agree that this is a waste of resources, combine this to android so i can game on it and we are good. If i cant bring my android apps to this i will always keep my windows. the graphics on Android is catching up to desktop in couple maybe 3 years will be very close.

I disagree with the majority of your post. But, one thing we do agree on is using a notebook for gaming. I just bought Devil May Cry 4 and the re-release of Final Fantasy 7 for my notebook and it works great. Being able to play games is the only reason why I would hold off on buying a Chromebook. But, as we can see, there is definitely a market for it. If this Chromebook came out at this price point when I was still in college, I would have jumped all over it. I can't count the number of times I did a research paper and left my flash drive at home the day the paper was due. The ability to do and save everything in the web apps would have been a lifesaver; would have saved me a ton of gas that's for sure lol

price point is terrible, have you look at the price for a full laptop nowaday? $299 buy you decent one, i actually saw quadcore laptops on 1saleday many times for same price.
been able to save on cloud and do the web apps is not limited to chromebook if you use chrome browser you get the apps, now add google Drive and you are good to go save and create everything on the cloud, I havent use MS office for years Google docs/drive have been taking care of that. I only see one plus in the CBook battery!

"Can you live with just Google Chrome as your entire operating system?" .... Not a chance. Maybe some day I'll be able to do everything I need to do in the web, but right now there isn't even a decent web IDE for android development. Personally I'm looking forward to the Microsoft Surface with Windows 8 Pro. Full Windows 8 in the size of a tablet with an attachable keyboard/cover = perfect fit! Only thing I'm concerned about is the price. It's not going to be anywhere close to this $250 paper weight, but hopefully they'll keep it below $800.

I'm wondering how typing on the Surface keyboard will be. I haven't seem much in depth comment on it from the early reviews.

yea, I was wondering the same. The keyboard is impossible to type on than that would kill it for me. I do like that it becomes a tablet, but more importantly I want it as a small laptop. Let's hope it's decent enough to type on.

Upgraded internals and a different operating system is an extra $400? I think it could be $999 which is a lot for something that can be dropped and break. I'll be sticking with a laptop / chromebook for awhile still.

I find the Chromebook a mistake in a world of mobile devices. For almost the same price of a Chromebook you can find an Android tablet with 3G + a hardware keyboard all in a hard cover, like the Asus Transformer line or the Lenovo Ideatab. So, i think it would be a better idea for Google to learn from these manufacturers and release a Nexus tablet with a keyboard-dock. Than you can use your Nexus as a tablet or with the feeling of a netbook (like it is with the Chromebook at this moment).

And I would prefer that they make the screen detachable so it could be used as a tablet - then for $249 we have a winner.

I could see this as being a potential when our laptop (that sits on the counter to serve email and websurfing duties) kicks it. But I don't see myself buying one of these to replace the laptop until it is no longer functional.


"Can you live with just Google Chrome as your entire operating system? For $249, you may consider it."

Hell no! Don't like Chrome, in fact it's disabled on my Nexus 7 and instead I rooted and installed the AOSP browser (along with Flash player). For the same amount of money, my 16GB Nexus 7 can do a heck of lot more than a Chromebook.

For people who just use their notebook to mostly browse the web and check their Facebook this is probably a better solution than a full blown notebook. The size and weight is much better. With the Google Drive and cheap Microsoft Office type apps (including the Google Docs) it probably suites a majority of the needs to type papers and such. At $249 it's a heck of a lot bigger screen than Nexus 7 plus the keyboard is nice for heavy typing uses. But for only $100 more you can get a full notebook that has many more uses - all comes down to what you need it for I guess.

I have had the chromebook for about one month and for me it is a great little device i love the size and look of the machine.
But for all it's good points i don't know if you would be able to live with the device as your only laptop/computer.
But as a second computer internet machine it's absolutely fantastic and i would strongly recommend to anyone.
Plus i have gotta add although might not be important to everyone, The keyboard on the device is probably the best i have ever used on any pc.