A long time ago in a galaxy far far away, Google dropped the Cr-48 laptop. It was a matte black, looked like a 2006ish MacBook, and featured Google’s then new Chrome operating system. Nobody cared, except for hardcore tech heads and vampiric basement dwellers, but that was just fine. It was never meant to appeal to the masses anyway, serving more as a test run of sorts for future versions of the device. Since it’s release, Google has pumped out newer versions of the device that have improved on the original one tenfold. Now, in conjunction with Samsung, they’re set to release what looks like their best laptop yet: the Chromebook.
While the Cr-48 unashamedly mimicked a MacBook, the Chromebook looks suspiciously like a Macbook Air. It’s got an 11.6-inch screen capable of running 1080p video, weighs 2.5 pounds, is 0.8 inches thick, and runs for 6.5 hours on a single battery charge. Under the hood, there’s a dual-core A15-based Samsung Exynos 5 Dual (5250) SoC, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of built-in flash storage, WiFi a/b/g/n and Bluetooth. That’s all fine and dandy, but what really sets the Chromebook apart (and Google’s previous laptops for that matter) is that it runs Google’s cloud centric Chrome OS (hence why there is so little built in storage). Files can be stored via Google Drive, which you get 100 GB of storage for two years, and Chrome integrates with other Google apps like Youtube, Google Docs, Calendar, Google Hangouts, and more. It most definitely won’t be replacing your primary computer any time soon, but it could serve a great second computer to when traveling, having guests over, or doing some studying in a library.
You can pick up a Chromebook now from a handful of major retailers for the bargin basement price of $249.
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