Google’s Dead Lap-Tops

Google is to launch its own lap-tops in June using Intel processors and the Chrome operating system. Their USP is said to be simpler operation.

Samsung and Acer will be the first companies to sell the laptops in the UK. They’ll cost between £214 and £350.

Battery life is a day, says Google. Boot time is eight seconds.


The big snag with the things is that, being Google, it is optimised for web-based applications. With the spotty state of 3G in the UK – and it’s 10X worse in the US – this will be a big obstacle to take-up of these lap-tops.


“Ultimately the most precious resource is the user’s time. I think the complexity of managing your computer is really torturing users out there. It is a flawed model and I think Chromebooks are a new model and this is the way things are going to be,” says Google co-founder Sergey Brin.


It’s funny how these top chaps are completely out of touch with how the rest of us live. Obviously they have access to permanent, cast-iron communications links which never go down. So they think that’s the norm.


But for most of us, it’s not, and if you can’t get a connection, the best laptop is a dead machine.



  1. Yes indeed, cheese, I assume Chromebooks are Google’s attempt to woo people away from MS – but IMHO it’s a pretty feeble effort.

  2. Either the chicken or the egg needs to come first – either ubiquitous connectivity or affordable devices that absolutely need it.
    Although am no big fan of the chromebook (the spirit of OSS notwithstanding), I do applaud the revolutionary aspect of this device. No network = dead device. So you better get the damn network! Also, people have wifi at home,school, work (and a few cafes etc). It is only when you actually are on the move – as in a car, metro, bus, train that you donot have wifi! So give your self a break – enjoy your offline time. Online will be back soon, to haunt you anyway.
    Having said this, my big problem with this toy is that it not cheaper than most netbooks – and netbooks do not need connectivity to edit a spreadsheet or read up a document. So why would anyone pay as much as for a netbook and buy this seemingly crippled device?
    The other problem is: (let’s admit it) – Nothing compares to Microsoft office. Google docs can do the basic documents, but professionals depend on various advanced features of Microsoft Office that, on Google docs, are either not implemented or do not work as expected. Think of complex excel spreadsheets or office objects embedded in all weird ways…So while students and grandpas can possibly use this toy, Google trying to woo businesses is a long shot.

  3. Everybody knows OSS is a hazardous waste service. Whoever chose to re-use this TLA for software got what they deserved 🙂

  4. Glad you asked that, Robtronics, I didn’t know either but was too shy to demonstrate my ignorance. So, Mr Spinlock, please could you enlighten us?

  5. Sorry, but you will have to tell me, what is an OSS?

  6. richard spinlock

    Don’t forget, this isn’t Google’s core business. Oh and by the way, somebody needs to speak up for OSS.

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