Exclusive First Look: Google's Cr-48 Chrome OS Netbook

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Keiro

This should be interesting, as I plan on checking it out and seeing if I can't integrate it into the stuff I already do.

Heck, I could see this netbook as a great way to monitor servers exclusively. I'd also like to see if I can't break the OS. I'm usually great for that, haha, especially considering that I tend to test products for my company before allowing it to be rolled out to all employees and the like.

Also, awesome, spammers're dead on this. About freaking time. Though it won't be long before they get around it, I bet.

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jewellrobj

That is correct there is no optical drive. There is an SD card slot but I have not figured how to take advantage of that yet.  Overall I am liking the laptop.

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wluffman

I don't have a problem with the lack of an optical drive built into the netbook, so long as I can plug in a portable USB drive if/when I absolutely need it.  The bigger problem for me is that Chrome isn't what I would call a "resident" OS -- that is, it's basically a browser that relies on full-time access to "the cloud" instead of a stand-alone machine.  Call me paranoid or even anal-retentive, but I want at least a few applications (and all my data) stored locally and available with or without net access.

While I like netbooks in principle, they still don't have quite enough capability to satisfy my needs.  I guess I'm stuck with my notebook for portability and desktop machines for general-purpose computing until netbooks (perhaps running Android or a mainstream Linux distribution) are just a little more powerful.  My wife, OTOH, would probably be very happy to travel with the Google Chrome netbook (or almost any of the netbooks available today) as long as she had a full-fledged computer available at home.

You said you haven't figured out how to take advantage of your netbook's SD card slot yet?  Is this something that hasn't yet been implemented in Chrome OS, or confusing instructions for using it?

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jewellrobj

There really are not a lot of instructions on the quite a bit of the notebook and again it is says right on the about tab that is Chrome OS 0.9.128.8 (Official Build 9d2c13d8) beta x86-mario. So I understand maybe not having it very well documented yet.  It may simply be a case of not having a compatible SD that is supported by the OS yet. It appears that they really do not want you to have access to the file system what so ever. 

 

I agree that I can not give up my full desktop machine for this netbook but for just using the internet. This is fast and works great. Have not had any hiccups. 

 

It did take me a little while to figure out how to make the built in webcam work with site like facebook and such. I had to go to adobe website and set always allow for certain sites because it just simply did not have a pop asking for that information to allow access. The battery last a very long time and even though it is just a plain black it looks sleek to me.

 

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routine

Sounds good. I see it has at least one USB. Not that it's a big deal, just curious: no optical drive?

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jewellrobj

I have been using Google Chrome for a while now so I applied to get one of these laptops. For just browsing the internet it is great and I am sure the flash and video support will just get better. Especially now that they have people testing them regularly.   It is super-light and I wont be doing any hardcore gaming but for just a browser I can carry around and type on instead of my touch screen phone this is great. The 9.99 unlimited plan is a daily rate though. You do not have to pay that every day to get it. It is simply a day pass say for when you a traveling or sitting at a coffee shop.  Overall it will be fun to test and watch it develop and grow and see what all changes it may have in store.

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titan8813

Surpsrised nobody is completely shocked that they think $10 per day for unlimited data is a good deal.  Seriously, 300 bucks a month for internet on a computer that does all its storage/access remotely?!  Terrible deal.

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igoka

I don't understand people who whine about they need full blown OS on underpowered netbook. Really . Most of the time i find myself using netbook to check email and to browse the internet . That is . Just recently was looking into linux distro called xPUD which is almost the same as CromeOS well not as polished as Crome. Unfortunately it didn't work. By the way what about boot time ? I was waiting for Gordon to turn this thing off and make "cold" boot . How long it takes to login ? Is it just me or Gordon looks enthusiastic ? Anyway if its work like advertised count me in.

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jewellrobj

Granted I am just using stopwatch feature on my phone but from coldboot off state to login screen is 14.7 seconds. From the login screen to usuable state. (TIme to connect to wifi automatically is 25.3 seconds)

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igoka

Thanks for the info.

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jlaeschl

Thanks Google, but no thanks, I don't want to live in the cloud. 

If the OS cannot be a full blown OS, then I don't want it. If it cannot compete with iOS, then stick with Android and expand on it.

All I want is a laptop, a desktop (with a full OS) and two handheld devices - a phone and a tablet. I already have the phone, but now I need a tablet. I don't want, or need, a netbook to surf the calming waves of the www; this would have been a great product two or three years ago.

Stick with Android, drop the keyboard, and make us a freaking tablet that will outshine the iPad already.

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routine

I think this is perfect for my wife, her family, and my mom. All they do is email, a little web browsing, some shopping, pay bills -- it's perfect. What more do they need?

And for me, that means no hassle of worring about installed spyware, trojans, virus scanner. No driver issues. No OS upgrades. Nobody using limewire and then three days later wondering why their machine is running very slow. etc etc etc

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violian

If Chrome-OS is only good for light-duty stuff, then I don't see a purpose for this. Currently, when I'm on the couch in the living room, I can do all my e-mail, web-browsing, yout-tubing, facebooking, and shopping on my iOS 4th gen iPod Touch. Can't do paying-bills, but that's what I do when I'm at my desk taking care of business on my desktop.

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ditchbeast

Well said, based on what i see and hear theres nothing revolutionary about this. It would have likely done awesome a few years ago but seriously, with Tablets coming and the incredible demand for Android OS  im not entirely sure i'm understanding what google is trying to do with this... i guess its a great alternative for netbook users but really where is that market going to be in the next 12 months given the Explosion of tablets and im pretty sure i had already read an article on Maximum PC where Tablets are already eating into Netbook sales and for easily understood reasons.

Bottom line, nice proof of concept Google but there are definitely way cooler things to be spending your moniez on. Id like to see them enter the "Private Space Race" :p im sure Google would kick some virgin but.

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Modred189

So I like the idea of the CR-48, but the OS still worries me to some extent. As an ex-netbook user (up now to an m11x), I have to say that the web experience is important, but it has to function, to some extent, as a regular computer as well. It needs to have a decent amount of storage for photo-dumping on vacation. It needs decent media playback abilities. And it needs to be capable of a FULL web experience. 

Since these machinesa re all about the OS, I have yet to see a Chrome OS media player. What codecs does it support? How does it handle pop-ups in web pages that you WANT to use pop-ups (especially since there are no proper windows)? How does it handle drag-and-droping files from a USB device if there are no windows? Copying photos TO a usb device? What is printer support like? Bluetooth?

I see this becoming the Chumby of netbooks. Neat, extensible, flexible, but really not that great in day to day execution outside of a pretty small niche...

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Modred189

And it seems that captcha is working really well...

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RedAnt751

This would have been nice two or three years ago but with all the tablets that are coming out with android on them this is just dead in the water as far as i'am concerned.

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TechJunkie

I agree. I like the "cloud" about as much as much as I do encephilitis for holding everything. I use some "cloud" features such as dropbox to dump files I need to pull up on my EVO at a later time but that's about it. Nothing beats a good ole backup of important documents on multiple drives and/or DVD/Blue-ray and that's the way I prefer it.

Besides, 100MB of "free" data is a slap in the face. You can burn that up just looking at it for a few minutes. Then the Verizon $10 a day unlimited data. Are you serious? That's a punch in the gut, then a slap in the face for good measure. This thing they call the Cr-48 is a good start, for a good laugh.

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