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New Google Chromebook Announced - Here's Why I Got One

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Published on Oct 18, 2012

My Chromebook Unboxing & Initial Impressions: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1jVlR...

http://www.lockergnome.com/

* This will be my first Chromebook
* Paid for it with my own money
* Finally not overpriced for what I'll get out of it - cost is relative

Screen Size: 11.6" LED
Resolution: 1366 x 768
Capabilities: 1080p video, so the processor should be no slouch
Storage: 16GB with 100GB for 2 Years on Google Drive + SD and USB slots (2.0 & 3.0)
Webcam: Basic 0.3
Wireless: a/b/g/n
Weight: 2.4lbs
Height: .7" Thin
OS: Chrome OS, Updated Regularly
Battery: 2-cell, alleged 6+ Hours
Price: $250

Unboxing Live on YouTube When It Gets Here

Why should you get this?
* If you want a VERY low-cost computer
* If you're always connected to the Internet
* If most of what you do "lives in the cloud."
* You use Google services, Google Chrome elsewhere

Why should you skip this?
* If you'd rather spend more on a computer
* If you want a touchscreen device
* If you rely on non-web-based applications

* Is this a possible primary machine? That remains to be seen.
* Should this be a great "home" computer for average tasks? Yes.
* Stay tuned for my live unboxing, initial impressions, and review

Comments • 210

I've been using a chromebook HP 11 ARM processor for a daily user. I have little to no complaints and there is substitutes for applications!
Angela Williams
funny thing is that i was a tester for the chromebook before it released its true! it was dark the loading screen was dark it was still getting updates... until it broke then we bought the final version weird huh?
jackass123491
I bought an asus chromebook a few days ago.  It's 13 inches and today I bought 100 gigs of storage space for 2 bucks a month, but you can actually go as high as 30 TB, though obviously costs much more.  I think that plan is 300 bucks.  Anyway The Bestbuy price was 240, but the guy who helped me worked for Google and what he does is he goes online and if he finds a cheaper price he'll match it.  When I paid they also told me about their available warranties.  There was a 1 year warranty for about 70 bucks, a 2 year for about 110, and a 3 year for about 160.  I bought the 2 year warranty.  I think I did get the price match because with the computer combined with the warranty my total came out to 324.  Another major plus is that the computer protects itself.  You can't install software which means you can't install an antivirus program but you don't need it.  Users who aren't used to using a chromebook will have to familiarize themselves with it - even the keyboard is different than most computers - but I have found that it is very easy to find lots of very helpful tutorials online, and you can also chat with their support if you have questions regarding your computer.  I'm assuming this help is available 24/7 because it was very late at night when I opened the chat and it took like 3 seconds for someone to jump in and offer me help.
Abdulai Bah
If you plan on getting a Chromebook but hesitant please give a shot and you might be surprised. This is one great way of staying connected on the web and getting things done in a fast and convenient way. My Acer C720 is fast, lightweight and the battery lasts for more than the advertised eight hour time. I started using it and I have not yet seen the need to open my Asus Windows PC. Their growing alternatives to Windows programs and most work you can do is web based and so there is no need to install stuff. Plus since it Chrome OS is Linux based you can even install the latest version of Ubuntu or dual boot it with Chrome. Just a great versatile machine.
DewMan001
Yes, yes I am. Otherwise I probably wouldn't have left that comment.
Taichilly Li
Gay
DewMan001
Chris, I find you rather attractive in this video. Have you ever tried growing out the beard a bit more?
Eric MineZ
it cant run 1080p but it can run 720p and the rest (480p,360p,240p, and 144p)
kupala
Well, no, it's not a desktop, it's a laptop. iTunes is built for Windows and Mac, not for Chrome OS. However, Google does have their own version of iTunes, called Google Play. And I'm sure there are others on the web.
JT Dougl
Correct. You get Google Play Store though
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