New Google Chromebook. £229 with 100GB Google Drive for 2 years. (PreOrder) @ PC World
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New Google Chromebook. £229 with 100GB Google Drive for 2 years. (PreOrder) @ PC World

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Found 18th Oct 2012Made hot 18th Oct 2012
Could be a great little laptop for those that don't need a full on PC.

Processor Exynos 5250 Processor
Operating System Chrome
RAM 2 GB, DDR3
Graphics card Shared
Screen resolution 1366 x 768
Screen size 11.6"
Screen features LED
Hard drive 16GB SSD
Memory card reader Yes
USB 1 x USB 2.0
1 x USB 3.0
WiFi 802.11abg/n
Video interface HDMI
Sound 3 W stereo
Battery 2-Cell

144 Comments

Haha they're trying again?

This is sweet for those who don't want the hassle of antivirus and malware. Chrome keeps getting better and better....

deaglecat

This is sweet for those who don't want the hassle of antivirus and … This is sweet for those who don't want the hassle of antivirus and malware. Chrome keeps getting better and better....


i agree..

Nice find, thanks for posting

how do these work? do they just boot straight into chrome with absolutely no os?

and the 16gb ssd, can this be accessed easily for storage or do you have to use cloud storage?

goldie85

how do these work? do they just boot straight into chrome with absolutely … how do these work? do they just boot straight into chrome with absolutely no os?and the 16gb ssd, can this be accessed easily for storage or do you have to use cloud storage?



They use chrome OS

Original Poster

goldie85

how do these work? do they just boot straight into chrome with absolutely … how do these work? do they just boot straight into chrome with absolutely no os?and the 16gb ssd, can this be accessed easily for storage or do you have to use cloud storage?



As mentioned above, it runs ChromeOS and all apps that run on the Chrome Webstore are compatible with the OS.
Some screenshots from my Chromebook 5 550 below:

dl.dropbox.com/u/9…png
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dl.dropbox.com/u/9…png

Ok thanks for the screenshots!

So the SSD can store images etc.. and be accessed easily?

2 cell battery...they gotta be kidding right??

Original Poster

goldie85

Ok thanks for the screenshots!So the SSD can store images etc.. and be … Ok thanks for the screenshots!So the SSD can store images etc.. and be accessed easily?


It does have a file manager and can store pictures fine. I'm not sure how it handles videos and music though as I stream all my videos and use Google Music for music playback.

Cell count is irrelevant. You should think of this as more like a phone scaled up to laptop size rather than a conventional laptop. It is powered by a dual core Samsung ARM processor that has a far smaller power consumption than a normal laptop cpu. The number of cells in a battery relates to the voltage it produces, not the potential energy content.

rob585

2 cell battery...they gotta be kidding right??


I get about 7 hours use on wifi depending on what Im doing, whats wrong with that?
Edited by: "longbowassassin" 18th Oct 2012

rob585

2 cell battery...they gotta be kidding right??



Each cell could be 2500-3000mAh, therefore cell count is irrelevant. There are some good websites out there if you want to learn more about battery chemistry and such.

Apart from the SD slot , HDMI and longer battery life it ain't a patch on the competing £850 Macbook Air.
Edited by: "LadyEleanor" 18th Oct 2012

LadyEleanor

Apart from the SD slot , HDMI and longer battery life it ain't a patch on … Apart from the SD slot , HDMI and longer battery life it ain't a patch on the competing £850 Macbook Air.



I see what you did there :D.

Bit annoying that the US Price is 250 dollars, which does not translate to £229 even with VAT.

If there's any deals shortly to get this for sub 200 would be a cracking deal, already a good deal at this price.

^^^^^ random

Uncommon Sense

Each cell could be 2500-3000mAh, therefore cell count is irrelevant. … Each cell could be 2500-3000mAh, therefore cell count is irrelevant. There are some good websites out there if you want to learn more about battery chemistry and such.:)



Please change your avatar. I own the copyrights to that image.

Thanks.

LadyEleanor

Apart from the SD slot , HDMI and longer battery life it ain't a patch on … Apart from the SD slot , HDMI and longer battery life it ain't a patch on the competing £850 Macbook Air.

That's cynicism right

siliconbits

That's cynicism right



No, it's sarcasm. (this is pedantry)
Edited by: "Krooner" 18th Oct 2012

Ultra excited about this. Been looking at Chromebooks on and off for a while, but I think I'm actually going to take the plunge now. I'm hardly ever in a place where there's no Wi-Fi, and this does 90% of what I'd want to do on my current chunky laptop!

deaglecat

This is sweet for those who don't want the hassle of antivirus and … This is sweet for those who don't want the hassle of antivirus and malware. Chrome keeps getting better and better....



Ive not had a virus or malware in years.. cant even remember last time I had a virus.

Well this puts the cat amongst the pigeons. £229 plus 32GB SD card and this machine would suit 95% of the population for less than half of the price of an iPad with comparable memory.

Problem is no pro software works with them but if your a pro your machine is your job so in effect a tax worth paying for reliability.

Ha 1.1kg, SD, good resolution, good battery, solid construction:
engadget.com/201…on/

Trade in your airs and get this!


Edited by: "super_leeds_86" 18th Oct 2012

I want to like the Chromebook, but I just can't do without local storage. Instead of being almost completely on the cloud, why not just keep everything in sync like Dropbox so the laptop still works even without a constant internet connection? Until they do that I'm staying on the fence with these

SolidWarrior

Ive not had a virus or malware in years.. cant even remember last time I … Ive not had a virus or malware in years.. cant even remember last time I had a virus.



http://files.sharenator.com/virus_appears_epic_pop_up_battle_foul_frog_memes-s407x405-117005-580.jpg

I found this article just now. It features an older Chromebook model, but has loads of detail about Chrome OS that might be useful for people:

theverge.com/201…012

Interested to see how the Exynos 5 Dual (Dual ARM Cortex A15's) performances in real life tests compared with Quad A9's and Quad Krait.
Edited by: "Jim988" 18th Oct 2012

cdm30379

^^^^^ random




^^^^^ Random

Cheap indeed but not in the long run...

What happens to my files on Drive after 2 years? All of your files will remain in Drive and you can access them whenever you want. You won’t be able to add additional files unless you buy more storage.

Here is how much it costs for space on the cloud after 2 years (as a precaution, I suggest assuming that the prices will be the same but with a '£' instead of '$'): Google - Buy Storage

I wouldn't buy it. Fact is, internet costs and Wifi isn't always available everywhere. I prefer traditional netbooks/laptops/ultrabooks.

Neardark

^^^^^ Random



^^^^^ RANDOM

deaglecat

This is sweet for those who don't want the hassle of antivirus and … This is sweet for those who don't want the hassle of antivirus and malware. Chrome keeps getting better and better....



Except for viruses/malware which is specifically written to hijack or infect Chrome.

The Cloud is just a marketing angle.
You documents etc can still be edited off-line.

The problem with Chromebook is that the keyboard sort of stops it being an 'iWant' toy.

Jim988

Bit annoying that the US Price is 250 dollars, which does not translate … Bit annoying that the US Price is 250 dollars, which does not translate to £229 even with VAT.If there's any deals shortly to get this for sub 200 would be a cracking deal, already a good deal at this price.



That is because the $250 price tag will be exclusive of taxes.

And the £229 price tag will be inclusive of taxes ie vat etc.

it has a cam but what can u use it with as there's no Skype for it?

Can I try ChromeOS without buying a chromebook, I looked into it a few months ago but nothing was available or seemed easy to load onto my desktop.

Interesting point about 'long term'.
Does this accept 3rd party software or is it a dead end 'good guys today bad guys tomorrow' buy ?

£180 or under and I may just give this a shot, but for £229 could easily put a little more and get a good laptop.

SolidWarrior

Ive not had a virus or malware in years.. cant even remember last time I … Ive not had a virus or malware in years.. cant even remember last time I had a virus.

What not even a cold!

this pricing shows how shockingly bad value for money apple products actually are.


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