Would You Pay $1,299 for a Touchscreen Chromebook?

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garrettp

If you could install Win 7 and dual boot to Win 8. then yes, I could see the price. Wait let me re-phrase that, if it came with dual boot Win 7 and Win 8......

As much as I love google, a Chrome book is in the same range as a netbook (as I type this on my Acer 8.9" AOA150 that I will never get rid of)

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Arnulf

Of course not. I wouldn't pay any amount of money for a ChromeBook when I can get a PC for the same price. If I got one for free I'd explore the option of installing a normal (full) Linux distribution n it and dump Google's spyware, but that's it.

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Silencer.

Had a similar thought.

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iguana15

No - too much for too little.

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maxeeemum

What $1299??? No!!!

In fact I'm not interested in any Chromebooks.

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Computer_Dude9000

Looks like a Macbook pro, i sense a lawsuit...

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lindethier

I'd much rather buy an ultrabook for less. Heck, pricing this way makes the Surface Pro with a cover a cheaper option.

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Badstroller

Anyone who buys this thing needs a catscan.

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ShyLinuxGuy

Why would Chrome OS, a cloud-centric OS that's lightweight and designed for lightweight use, need a Core i5, 4GB of RAM and a 2560x1700 resolution?

But, considering on how Chromebooks in general aren't doing so well, this is definitely going to be big flop. How are they going to get someone to buy a $1,299 device if no one really buys the cheapie $199 or $299 ones?

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HVDynamo

The display I can see because it looks nice and you spend a lot of time looking at it. But the rest, nope. The price, nope. If I am paying that kind of money I would get a retina MBP instead. At least that comes with a full OS.

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Sir Hobbes3

Haha, thats funny google, but April fools isnt till April 1st!

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RaptorJohnson

No.

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m35g35

Google wants to charge $1300 to spy on me and than in turn make money off me. Just one big advertising company trying to pawn itself off as a tech company. I will pass.

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macmooda

If it was like one third of the price then I might look into it. But for the price that they are asking, I could never justify it. Far too much money, for so little of everything.

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livebriand

Would I pay $1300 for a really high dpi touchscreen machine with mid-range specs? Possibly. (more RAM and a bigger SSD would probably seal the deal) Oh wait, this is a Chromebook? Hell no then.

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Granite

Will it play Crysis 3? No?

Then it's not worth a dime to me.

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satrain18

No. $1300 is way too much for a Core i5 laptop without Windows. And, yes, you can install Windows on it.

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firefox91

"Would You Pay $1,299 for a Touchscreen Chromebook?"

Nope.

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C--

So... nice hardware design, "the power of the cloud" and 4G LTE?

1. The best part of the hardware is undoubtably the screen, but why go with 3:2 instead of 4:3? 4:3 would help a ton to assist compatibility with other operating systems and programs. I don't see how Google couldn't have provided bigger SSDs inside too for users who want the screen but don't care for the OS.

2. 1TB of cloud storage... that expires. Tack another $100 dollars on the price for an external hard drive if you want to keep what you build.

3. Cell data plans on laptops have been available for years now. There are plenty of laptops for sale with LTE built in, and many more that'll take it with a simple upgrade card. I have 3G on my Thinkpad X201t and it works great.

I like how Google is pushing forward screen technology, but the price... too much. I'm sure Chrome OS is getting a bunch of free publicity from all the hubbub though.

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nerfbomb

"I don't see how Google couldn't have provided bigger SSDs inside too for users who want the screen but don't care for the OS."

And I don't see why MicroSoft couldn't have put an option in Win 8 to get rid of the touch dependent interface & return the start menu for users who want the faster OS, but don't care for the UI.

Ostensibly because they're trying to "have their way" with users, but users aren't willing to bend over and take it in the @$$. >_>

"I'm sure Chrome OS is getting a bunch of free publicity from all the hubbub though."

---Bingo!

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DeltaFIVEengineer

So what you're saying is I can buy a Retina MBP with better hardware and a real OS for the same money. Yea, I'll pass.

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Renegade Knight

Whoah. Apple the cheaper option? Didn't see that coming.

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livebriand

Given that the base retina MBP costs $1500, has nearly the same screen res (2560x1600), 8GB RAM and an 128GB SSD instead of 4GB RAM and a 32GB SSD, and does more than merely running a web browser, I think the MBP is the better buy here (you loose the touchscreen, but so what?). Never thought I'd say that, but it's true.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

No.

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TrollBot5000

maxpc head writer Paul Lilly chromebook question query. Processing. Outputting reply. N.

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BobaMosFet

Let me answer that question with a question of my own, does it make dubstep?

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Hey.That_Dude

This thing's worse than the Dell XPS Ubuntu laptop... that's just sad.

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Baer

I would not pay 25% of that for a Chromebook.

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Nixon

I wouldn't, but whoever is crazy enough to buy me one would.

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theplustwo

I'm really curious what Google is thinking with this. The screen is super-hi res, sure, but what good is that on a Chromebook? It's not like you're going to be doing a lot of highly detailed graphics work on a system that can't run any graphics software.

Also, the fact that it's a 3:2 aspect ratio is really odd and makes me think the keyboard must be really awkward to use since it's so narrow and deep, and will result in a huge letterboxed area when watching most videos.

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Renegade Knight

The only thing I think they could be thinking is raising the bar on Chromebooks so OEM's like Samsung and Acer make better ones. I don't think they really intended that this thing is going to sell like hotcakes.

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Peanut Fox

That is an odd resolution. Maybe the idea is that you'd be viewing a lot of web pages on it which tend to use a lot of vertical space versus horizontal. Even that doesn't make a ton of since with the notebook being only 13 inches.

Maybe they've got a special UI planned or are really in to Google's video chat.

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AFDozerman

What do you need 64 gigs of storage on a cloud based computer for? How does the file explorer work?

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lhatten

$1300 for a big tablet. No way dude!!

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livebriand

More limited than that actually. Thing is, you could buy http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834215620 ($1300 -$200 promo code) and a Nexus 7 for the same price, AND both devices would be able to do more than this Chromebook. Now why would I want the latter again?

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wolfing

considering I've never paid more than $500 for a laptop, I think my answer is a resounding NO

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KilieSo

Heck yeah! Why not?...It's google "everybody need google"

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PhaQue

no

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vrmlbasic

To answer the article's question: No, I would not.

This device makes no sense to me as I thought the Chromebook was supposed to be a "portable terminal", referencing the old mainframe days, and it would use Google's massive computational resources to do all the work via the cloud. As such, the Core i5 processor seems odd.

If they're going to charge that much, and change the mission of the Chromebook, then they should give USB 3.0 & Thunderbolt while also providing a discreet GPU so that users can actually _do_ something with that display.

Is it just me, or does the pricing/memory system reek of Apple?

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nerfbomb

Yeah, let's see... $1300 for something that's likely going to be "replaced" in a year for a new version that will probably cost $2300?
Sounds like the Apple model to me!

So now Google is trying to be the new Apple...
What Google's ignoring, is that Apple's been churning out crap ever since they made the "Lisa".

At least this "chromebook" uses pc parts & could maybe have windows(7) or linux put on it instead.

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HVDynamo

Sorry, but you are grossly embellishing apples pricing structure. Yes, apple's products are expensive, but they do build good quality hardware and in my opinion OS X is a much better experience than Windows. Oh, and for those that would call me a fanboy, I use my macbook pro concurrently with my homebuilt Windows 7 desktop. I like both and wouldn't give up either of them.

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jason2393

Can you put Windows on it?

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theplustwo

Seeing as it's got essentially the same processor and specs as the Surface Pro, I don't see why you couldn't.

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livebriand

But what about driver support? You can probably find drivers that work, but that has to be a pain...

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germanogre

$1,299 for a computer that won't function in areas with spotty internet?

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