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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?

Cr-48: First Google Chrome Laptop

Google finally unveiled their Chrome laptop to the world during a press conference today. The machine will be distributed via the Chrome OS Pilot Program as a sort of “beta” test. You’ll have to apply to join the program and cross your fingers – there are going to be a VERY limited number of the laptops available for this first run. However, laptops running Chrome OS from Acer and Samsung will be ready for public purchase mid-2011. There will reportedly be a few giveaways done to individuals and companies as review units, but there’s simply zero way to buy one of these babies at this point in time.

Photo credit thanks to Ricky McGill of SiliconANGLE.

This hot little number packs a bit of a punch under the hood. I’m referring to the “beta” version, of course, and not the final retail versions from the companies already mentioned.

  • 12.1-inch screen
  • Full size keyboard
  • Large clickpad
  • Qualcomm Gobi 3G chip
  • 802.11n dual-band WiFi
  • More than 8 hours of use
  • About 8 days of standby time
  • Webcam
  • Flash storage

The keyboard is a little – different. There is no CAPSLOCK key, for one thing. That has been replaced with a search button. As pointed out over on Engadget, this move is sure to tick off Internet trolls. The operating system itself – Chrome – isn’t quite finished just yet. This is the reason Google is running the Pilot program. There is still work to be done with camera drivers, Google Cloud Print and a few other details before it’s ready to be unleashed on the world.

The laptop as shown right now only comes in black and has a ten-second boot time. There are no logos or frills anywhere on the outside. It’s a very basic machine that just works – and apparently works well. Isn’t that the way it SHOULD be?