What Do You Think Of The Chromebook? [We Ask You]

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Google recently unveiled the Chromebook Pixel, a high-end machine priced at $1,299. That’s a lot of money for a Chromebook, a form factor which has previously been marketed as being for those on a budget. Previous models of the Chromebook were all priced much lower, with these always-online computers designed to undercut Windows laptops.

Whether anyone actually buys a Chromebook Pixel or not remains to be seen, but its existence has at least managed to gain Google some headlines. The wall-to-wall advertising doesn’t seem to have worked for the Chromebook so far, but perhaps things are about to change for Google and its attempt at competing with Microsoft and Apple.

This Week’s Question…

We want to know, What Do You Think Of The Chromebook? In case you weren’t aware we’re currently giving away a Samsung Series 3 Chromebook (the giveaway ends on March 8, 2013). Danny reviewed this device and gave it a big thumbs up, but what do you think of this particular device, the Chromebook concept as a whole, and Chrome OS?

For those unaware of what a Chromebook is, it’s a type of personal computer which operates almost wholly online and in the cloud. Rather than rely on a hefty operating system such as Windows or OS X, Chromebook users sign in to their Google account and do pretty much everything within the confines of the Chrome Web browser. There is a file system and some offline apps, but 99% of your time is (has to be) spent on the Web.

The Linux-based Chrome OS has improved massively since its inception, but it’s still unlikely to be to everyone’s tastes. There are Chromebook devices from Google itself, Samsung, and Acer already on the market, with HP and Lenovo soon joining the party.

We simply want to know what you think of the Chromebook, Chrome OS, and the Chromebook devices currently on offer (including the astounding-but-overpriced Chromebook Pixel). Do you think there’s a future in cloud-based hardware? Would you ever consider buying a Chromebook yourself? If not, what’s the one thing putting you off?

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Drawing Conclusions

All comments will be digested to form conclusions in a follow-up post next week where we will detail what You Told Us. One reader will be chosen for the coveted Comment Of The Week, getting their name up in lights, the respect of other readers, and 150 MakeUseOf points to use for MakeUseOf Rewards. What more motivation than that do you need to respond?

We Ask You is a weekly column dedicated to finding out the opinions of MakeUseOf readers. The questions asked are usually open-ended and likely to necessitate a discussion. Some are opinion-based, while others see you sharing tips and advice, or advocating tools and apps to fellow MakeUseOf Readers. This column is nothing without you, as MakeUseOf is nothing without you.

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Comments (78)
  • Lisa Santika Onggrid

    I’ll never get myself a Chromebook, because internet access isn’t stable here. It’d just be a waste. I’m clearly not its intended userbase, but to be neutral, I can understand people who buys the product except for Pixel. Don’t you think it sorts of defeating the purpose of buying a netbook? You don’t need cary spec’d machine, just one which can connect to the internet and do it well. With the amount of cash Google wants people to fork out for Pixel, we can buy better machines for better price for value balance.

  • Noman Fayez

    make a new giveaway of this …..

  • dragonmouth

    Chromebook/ChromeOS is nothing more than a variation on the Microsoft theme of online rental software. ChromeBooks are very thin clients running all their apps from a Central Google server. The only reason this is getting any discussion is that Google is perceived as the Good Guy opposing to Redmond’s Evil Empire. In either case there is the potential for a monopoly.

    No, I do not own a ChromeBook nor do I want to. I do not see any difference between being locked into the Windows universe or the Google universe. A lock in is a lock in.

    • Dave Parrack

      You make a good point. There’s no doubt that Chromebooks lock you in to Google’s ecosystem. If you don’t like Google then it’s a non-starter.

  • Tom Bogan

    Look at what kind of laptop my studio could use with that money. If I lose signal, I can still do other things, like edit photos.

  • Robert

    I recently got a Samsung $249 Chrome book from Best Buy. It has been about a little over a month and I’ve had it on three business trips and use it for personal farting around in the living room while my wife is on her iPad.

    I love it.

    My job requires MS Office and when I’m at my desktop I use MS Project but the company also uses Project Insight (online web service).

    I use SkyDrive and the associate online office tools (all free) for MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. When I can get away with I use the Google tools (I like them)

    I’m used to using Freemind for brainstorming but find that MindMappr and Examtime are good free substitutes.

    The Chromebook can be used offline by enabling Google ‘Offline’ but I find a better and better performing solution for me is keeping the working files I need for traveling synched to a thumbdrive (something I did even when traveling with a Windows7 Laptop.

    Bottom line for me: the thing is light as feather, fast, the battery lasts for 8 hours (I know they say less) but I have been at conferences and unplugged the chromebook when I left the hotel, worked on it all day, online mostly, tethered through my iPhone, never plugged in the AC adapter, and still had plenty of juice left when I got back to the hotel room.

    And again – it is $249. I bought it mostly out of curiosity and now I am a rabid fan. And I’ve learned to love Google Play.

    Would love to try the pixel but $1,300 is well beyond my ‘curiosity’ point. But the $249 Chrome book has become my “go to” tool – for work, and for mindless internet surfing.

    I guess I do have one complaint – I can’t find a decent no cost online FreeCell game. The only thing it lacks.

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