Thursday, June 16, 2011

Google’s Chromebooks Now Available

After long talks about Google's Chrome OS, Google is finally releasing their OS along with their ChromeBooks. ChromeBooks coming into the market with very interesting specifications.

The Samsung Series 5 Wi-Fi Chromebook (Wi-Fi only model)@ $429.99:

* Processor: 1.66 GHz Intel Atom dual-core N570 processor
* Storage: 16 GB solid-state drive (SSD)
* SuperBright 12.1" high-resolution
* System Memory: 2 GB
* Communications: Wireless-N Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n)
* Ports: Two USB 2.0, 4-in-1 memory card reader (SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC)
* Video out: VGA (via optional dongle)
* Audio: Built-in stereo speakers, combo headphone/microphone jack
* Battery: 6-cell battery for up to 8.5 hours of use
* Webcam: 1-megapixel

And the Acer AC700 ChromeBook (Wi-Fi only model) @ $349.99:

* 11.6” HD Widescreen LED-backlit LCD: (1366 x 768) Resolution
* Dual-core Intel® Processor
* 2GB DDR3 Memory
* Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 3150
* 16GB Solid State Drive
* 1.3 Megapixel HD Webcam (1280 x 1024)
* High-Definition Audio Support
* Two Built-in Speakers
* 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™
* 2- USB 2.0 Ports
* 1- HDMI™ Port
* Full-sized Chrome Keyboard with dedicated keys for the web
* Oversized, Multi-touch Touchpad
* Memory card slot for storing photos, music, and video
* 6 hours of continuous use
* 3.3 lbs (system unit only)

Specifications on each Chromebook seem to be that of a netbook. Which it is understandable as the ChromeOS is mainly dedicated for websurfing. Nevertheless, prices are a bit steep. Netbooks having the same specifications and having the ability in installing windows 7 and/or linux and coming in at a cheaper price give very much favor in purchasing a netbook even more appealing over a Chromebook. One feature I did notice which is very appealing to me is the screen size of the both ChromeBooks. Ranging from 11.6" to 12.1" making these Chromebooks not to take lightly.

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