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.