Google has released a new kind of laptop called Chromebook. Up to now (July 2011), there are only two Google partners producing these unlikely but pretty interesting computers: Samsung and Acer.
These computers are focused on the web which is what most of people use in their day to day; because of that this is based on the cloud computing system and Google has also eliminated the hard disk as one of the computer elements. You can get access to your documents, apps, games, etc. wherever you are, and you don’t need to worry about losing your computer or forgetting to back up files. You don’t even have to remember about keeping the Chromebook up to date because it automatically updates its software.
What kind of applications do Chromebooks run?
You can only run web applications on the Google Laptop, it doesn’t run client software applications. Read more about the applications in Google Chromebook.
And, what about antivirus software?
Actually, this is one of the best features of the Chrome Laptop. You will forget about buying an anti-virus software as well as mantaining it because the Google Laptop has many layers of built in security including sandboxing, data encryption, and verified boot.
How fast does the Chromebook get you on the web?
As specified by Google, the Chrome Laptop takes 10 seconds to boot and is ready to navigate the web. This is due to its Chrome OS which has eliminated the extra bagage (such as hardware detection, load and start kernel, load and start bootloader, splash screen, login, invisible startup apps, antivirus software and other random stuff) between you and the web.
Chromebooks for Business and Education
This service is provided by Google which includes Chromebooks and a cloud management console to remotely administer and manage users, devices, applications and policies. This also includes enterprise-level support, device warranties and replacements as well as regular hardware refreshes.
How much does it cost?
Monthly subscriptions start at $28/user for business and $20/user for schools.
We think that this service could be very useful for small/medium business in which the work is based on internet, emailing, word processing, spreedshees and slide presentations. When considering this service, you should bear in mind that you won’t have to pay for any licence of the Operating System, Office Package nor antivirus software. It will save you a lot of money and will avoid you headaches about security and networking maintenance.
- Samsung Series 5: 1.66 GHz dual-core Intel Atom N570 processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB SSD, Screen Size is 12.1 inches, Weight 3.26 lbs / 1.48 kg, built in Wi-Fi, 3G (Optional), 8-hour battery life
- Acer AC700: 1.66 GHz dual-core Intel Atom N570 processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB SSD, Screen Size is 11.6 inches, Weight 2.95 lbs. / 1.34 kg, built in Wi-Fi, 3G (Optional), 6-hour battery life.