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The Chromebook from Google seems to be gathering pace with HP now bringing out yet another version to add to the Acer, Samsung and Lenova versions of the already new laptop PC.
I have been using Chrome as a browser now for what seems like forever and since buying my kids Chromebooks for Christmas my whole computing experience has evolved. My Macbook is now behaving like a Chromebook apart from the 8 second start up and 2 second shutdown.
You see, like a lot of PC users these days most of my computing needs are done through a browser online. So most of us are already using a Chromebook experience in some way.
Since being taken by these machines in December the whole way I look at computing has gone to online storage on Google docs and I have even gone back to give G+ another go.
I am even writing this and storing this document using Google docs and saving it in my Google drive. Even if my machine blows up right now, none of my docs, photos or music will be lost because it is all stored in my cloud storage.
So back to the actual Chromebook. Samsung’s version with a bigger than a tablet display at 11.6’’ and weighing in at 1.1kg, It’s no more portable than an average laptop or netbook. Also boasts a 6.5 hours of battery life. The new Chromebook comes with 100 GB Google Drive Cloud Storage, which is free for 2 years only, with built-in dual band Wi-Fi 802.11 with the option of a 3G model, 2 Usb ports (1x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0), HDMI Port and Bluetooth 3.0 Compatible. With a VGA camera for web chat, it is quite a capable piece of tech.
I personally think that Google have got the jump on the competition with these new PCs. In the future and now, most day to day computing will be browser and cloud based. And with Google getting on with introducing them to the education market they are not missing a trick. Now I can hear the yell of people saying what if you can’t get online, it is useless then isn’t it!
Actually no, Google has even thought of that! Within the Chrome web store they have marked all apps that will work offline like email and docs plus others. But lets face it, if you have no internet on your existing laptop or desktop what would you be doing? Yes that’s right, not working but probably shooting birds at pigs or cutting the rope.
So with the computing power of a decent laptop and the speed of a tablet coupled with the safety of the cloud security, are these new PCs the future? I think so for one.
Post by Stuart Bogg, who writes his own ramblings at http://redjiffy1.blogspot.co.uk/. You can find him on twitter: @redjiffyGoogle+