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Google announced yesterday that it will be rolling out its affordable Chromebooks (in the Acer, HP and Samsung models) to the following international markets: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, and The Netherlands. In the U.S. market, Google will be expanding its Chromebook availability to more than 1,000 Best Buy stores nationwide, doubling the number of stores Chromebooks are presently sold in.

Samsung Chromebooks have been on the top of Amazon.com’s best-selling laptop list for 140 days since it was first launched. The model sells for $249.00—more than two-thirds cheaper than Apple’s best selling Macbook Air notebooks—and can now be found in the new countries for prices ranging from $250 to $400. You can check for prices in your own country here.

Chromebooks are thin, lightweight notebooks with a browser-based operating system, which uses Google Chrome and Google Drive as its main applications. With Google Drive, users get access to online documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and collaboration, and Google Chrome provides most of everything else.

The Web focus, however, means that Chromebooks can’t run applications like Microsoft Office, Skype, Photoshop, or anything that comes with an installer. Chromebooks are designed to run online applications and services, and you will mostly need a Wi-Fi or 3G connection to use the computer at all. If you don’t have one, it’s possible to run Chrome with limited access in offline mode, and access your Google Drive documents offline as well. If you’re curious, you can read our full review on the latest Samsung Chromebook Series 3 Samsung Chromebook Series 3 Review and Giveaway Samsung Chromebook Series 3 Review and Giveaway People today are constantly on the move and connected to the Internet, doing anything from creating presentations to checking emails to chatting with friends to playing games. People use all sorts of devices to accomplish... Read More .

What do you think of Chromebooks? Will you consider purchasing one?

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Source: Google Chrome Blog

  1. Rudi Xeno
    March 21, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    I've been following Chromebooks for a couple of years and while at first I thought they were too limited, particularly when they were priced similarly to mid-tier Windows laptops, Samsung's $249 Chromebook was hard to resist when one of my laptops started having issues. When I honestly examined how I used my laptop, I realized that the Chromebook fulfilled most, if not all of my needs. After several weeks of use, I'm impressed. For a more complete picture of my assessment of the Samsung Series 3 Chromebook read:

    http://tinyurl.com/Samsung-Chromebook-XE303C12-A0

    This has been one of my most satisfying tech purchases in years.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      March 28, 2013 at 4:31 am

      Rudi, thanks for sharing the link. I'm looking into Chromebook myself, though I have a Macbook Air, which has been giving my problems.

  2. Md Mukhtar Mohsin
    March 21, 2013 at 9:24 am

    If it ever comes to India then i think only 100 pieces are gong to be sold ,as 90 % percent of Indian users don't have a good internet connection nearly just 128 kbps , most prefer just gaming , watching movies and listening music.If google provides more offline facility then only i think it will be appreciated but i think it is a long path.

  3. Brandon Ragoo
    March 20, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    I am seriously considering purchasing one as not only do I want to help promote this technology but I also believe that a web based OS is the future primary OS although many companies will still rely on a client OS when security is taken into consideration

  4. Daniel Joshua
    March 20, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    Don't get me wrong guys; Is there any way to install Windows or Linux OS into a Chromebook

    It would look perfectly awesome to see Windows or Linux running in Chromebook

    • Zhong Jiang
      March 20, 2013 at 3:08 pm

      To install any operating system, it must be booted onto an external device (CD or USB) where it'll initiate the installation process. However, installing Linux os can be done over the network if the os comes with that support.

      • Bakari Chavanu
        March 20, 2013 at 8:06 pm

        Thanks for Zhong, I had a similar question as Daniel when I was writing the article. I imagine many users will want to install Windows or different third-party applications on a Chromebook.

    • Zhong Jiang
      March 20, 2013 at 3:10 pm

      My HP Pavilion dv6 laptop came with HP Quickweb preinstalls, so it's pretty much the same except the price differences and hardware specifications. I prefer the Chromebook design better though.

  5. scottb
    March 20, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    Great laptop for the money.

  6. Nevzat A
    March 20, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    I'm tired of waiting for Google to share their top services and hardware into whole world. Even Maps is still not available for my country :(

  7. Cheap VPS Hosting UK Service
    March 20, 2013 at 11:49 am

    Its good news for everyone and its amazing that its price is more than two-thirds cheaper than Apple’s best selling Macbook Air notebooks.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      March 20, 2013 at 8:03 pm

      I've been a long time Apple user, but I'm seriously looking at not buying another $1000 Apple laptop. I mainly use my Macbook Air for writing, creating few presentations, and web browsing—all of which the Chromebook can do for a lot cheaper. Plus I expect my Macbook to not be supported or functional in the next two, maybe three years tops before I will have to buy another one. Apple are just too expensive for what they do.

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