Google CR-48 Mini Review


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Lamarr is a lucky dude. He got his hands on a Google CR-48 laptop. I’m pretty sure the one that was delivered to his house is the one that was meant for me. I can’t help but wonder how he managed to divert the shipment. He’s just sneaky that way, I suppose.

In any case, Lamarr is the proud owner (and tester!) of the hot new machine from Google, featuring the Chrome operating system. This video details his thoughts on the machine and the OS.

Lamarr is quick to point out that this is simply a plain laptop with a browser… and that’s all. Google’s Chrome OS resides completely within a browser, folks. This is likely going to take some getting used to for many of us, but I have no doubt we geeks will adapt pretty quickly.

The machine comes with built-in 3G from Verizon… 100MB per month free for two years. That’s a pretty sweet deal if you ask me. Of course, it can be used with a standard WiFi connection, so you shouldn’t hit that 100MB cap.

This operating system is not for everyone. All it does is – Internet. But if you’re like Lamarr (or me!), this will work really well for you. This machine is clearly not a desktop replacement. If you do a lot of work online, then this is going to be the machine for you.

Lamarr felt the machine is a bit sluggish. He cannot pinpoint WHERE the lag is coming from, though. Could it be the unnamed hardware in the test machine or the beta operating system itself? Only time will tell.

Have you gotten your hands on this sweet little device yet? What are your thoughts thus far?

2 thoughts on “Google CR-48 Mini Review”

  1. I’m using the Cr-48 right now to comment on this blog post. I have to say I’m agreeing with what Lamarr had mentioned. It really does put the real definition of a Netbook. Netbooks are made to surf the web for the most part, so the Chrome Notebook makes that clear.

    I have had my hands on my Cr-48 for three days from this posting date. I found myself using it every moment I really needed it for the past two days. I found that out of everything, I use my browser (Google Chrome in particular) over almost any other offline app on my Mac and my PC Desktops.

    If you’re someone like me who really does a lot of web surfing and web app-using on a browser like Chrome, the Chrome OS (and the Cr-48) is perfect for you!

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