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Google’s New Chromebook Lands in Play Store, Delivers in 3-5 Days for $250

When news broke of Google’s relaunch of the Chromebook last week, a lot of readers were excited about the low $250 price point. For $250, you get a dual-core Exynos 5 processor and almost 7 hours of battery life, all in a package that is under .8″ thick. 

The goal behind Chrome OS is pretty brilliant. Google has taken their super popular Chrome browser, and made it the base for an operating system. When in use, while there is a newly introduced window system with app icons, almost all of your work is done via tabs and Chrome apps in the browser. It’s not confusing or robust like a traditional computer, but again, that’s the beauty here.

If you are looking to pick one of these up I’d suggest getting your order in early. The Nexus 7 went through a bit of a shortage when it first launched, so expecting the same to happen here couldn’t hurt you.

Is anyone going to pick one up?


  • master94

    Cant decide between this and Surface. I feel like Windows will dominate tablets and Google the smartphone market, but my business relies heavily on Google Services but we need Office also. We need to purchase 500 laptops or tablets to replace our current Xp machines. What should I get?

  • Brett R

    If I didn’t have three laptops already, I’d definitely be interested. I’ve got one for work, travel and one for fiddling with. The travel fits that category too. All my computers do actually.

  • Steve Edholm

    I pre-ordered mine Friday through Amazon for the free shipping. (plus as of friday it was best buy, amazon or two other companies not google). Trading in my Xoom for it. The Xoom just wasn’t what I wanted it for. This is more up my alley I think. I got a laptop for about the same price a few months ago for this purpose, but it wasn’t portable like this (more like a text book) so this should be my bus/travel laptop now, I am quite excited. The price was too good for having the chrome experience. Plus if you void the warranty and have a partitioned SD card, apparently a Google worker got it to book Linux which could be quite fun.

  • spunker88

    ChromeOS is nice, but would love to see someone get Android or Ubuntu booting on it. If we do see an Exynos 5 Nexus device soon like rumored, a port of Android would seem possible.

  • lye

    I wish I could do any of the more intense things I use computers for on these computers. Development, media production. Yeah I know that’s not the point but it’d be sweet to have a portable workstation that didn’t cost like $1500+

    • lye

      And I want an operating system that isn’t os x or windows to start supporting that type of work.

  • Christian Chew

    Since chrome is neither windows nor mac (correct?), would you be able to root android devices using one of these? I think that’d be something very important seeing as this is a Google product.

    • I believe you can bring up a command line on chromebooks and since it is based on linux (?) you can probably just use the linux sdk. I am not sure though since I don’t have one.

  • johnc7995

    So, for only $250, I can get a mediocre laptop running an OS no one uses, with smartphone level specs? No thanks.

    • Does it matter if no one uses ChromeOS? And perhaps smartphones have chromebook level specs, not the other way around 🙂

  • TheOiulkj

    Well at least it’s for everyone, not just humans.

  • Southrncomfortjm

    Why create this instead of an Android based Nexus laptop?

  • perfectlyreasonabletoo







    …in the United States.

  • mgamerz

    Also, you can dual boot on this, as well as boot from USB/SD (not at launch, but they do on the x86 versions so I assume it’ll happen soon after launch). So if you need apps you have solutions.

  • mgamerz

    Sold out, and no other retailers have got any to ship yet. Why is there no release date!?

  • Aaron Burroughs

    I really don’t understand the “this device has no place in today’s world” argument I’m seeing all over the web. As someone who use to sell electronics, especially computers., I see this as the perfect device of 80% percent of computer users. Makes an amazing secondary computer. Yes storage is limited out the box, but with cloud storage and expendable memory, this device is amazing for the price. I have a MacBook pro, and I’m getting this because its lightweight, and does 95% of what I do on the web anyway.

  • I have a desktop, chromebox, win8 laptop, cr48, xoom and android phone.

    my next purchase will probably be the updated chromebook at 250 (or possibly 3g) variant to replace the cr48.

    software is excellent, battery is very good, only thing I would need to see is the processor (sucked on the cr48)


    will kop (eventually)

    • perfectlyreasonabletoo

      The new processor will probably be a sideways upgrade. Intel chips are much faster than ARM chips of equivalent clock speed. Probably the only place the new CPU will have a strong advantage will be its better GPU and video decoding capabilities.

      So… scrolling, video playback, games, (etc) will probably be better, but pages themselves probably won’t be rendered any faster.

  • humidity

    As much as I’d love to order one, I think I’m gonna hold out and see what the Nexus 10 has to offer, which will hopefully be announced next week.

  • mcdonsco

    I do think this is pretty cool, but i honestly can’t find a use for it myself…though id like to!

  • skinja99

    Correct me if I am wrong:
    -But won’t you have almost no functionality with this chromebook unless you are connected to the internet?
    -Won’t you be unable to watch videos without a wifi connection?
    -Won’t you lose most file editing ability without a wifi connection?

    This is chrome, not android, right?


    • evulhotdog

      Correct, its ChromeOS, NOT android. However there is local storage and such. But I mean lets be honest, where would you be where you wouldnt have any type of internet connection? I mean if you do go to somewhere that doesnt, thats not a place I’d want to be.

      • skinja99

        Where would I be without a wifi connection? You mean like on an airplane, or in another country, or traveling for work, or outside at a park.

    • perfectlyreasonabletoo

      I think the idea is, you can work on stuff offline and then when you have an internet connection available it synchronizes.

      • skinja99

        Do you know if videos will be able to play offline?

        And would I be able to edit MS word docs when not connected?


        • justincase_2008

          Yes you can play videos I play mine off a HDD now and I’ll try word docs off line and let you know how that goes. Anything else you want me to test out for you?

  • Milton Aleman

    Interested, but I’m going to wait and see what the Nexus 10 is all about. I think the Nexus 10 will also use the Exynos 5, especially as this is the only chip that I’ve heard of that can support the rumored resolution on the tablet. If Google can sell this Chromebook at $250, then I think the Nexus 10 could be $300, $400 tops!

    • perfectlyreasonabletoo

      The final price of the Nexus 10 probably hasn’t been decided yet. They’ll wait and see what price the iPad Mini comes out at.

  • somedude

    i found it on the play store about an hour ago and bought one. my order says pending. I hope they didn’t sell more than they have in stock! would hate to have to wait!

  • nightscout13

    Remember that idea people had for a $100 laptop for children? Well Imagine what Google will offer as an update to this device? I see a future where tablets will be in bathroom stalls, and at every fast food table. Not sure if that’s good or bad, but we’ll see

  • dave

    I only see coming soon. Is it just me?

  • dave

    And it’s gone

    • Mick

      i hope that was a south park reference.

    • BillyT

      I guess its not for everyone…

  • PhillipCun

    I’m starting to see a trend here. Google wants to provide to the masses by producing cheap electronics for every consumer. Sure they can probably capture a larger audience due to low prices but I feel like the quality will ruin the experience.

    In terms of quality versus the competition, I think Google’s approach isn’t going to work out too well if they do not offer some high-end alternatives to all their products. All we can do is hope….

    • misterwight

      Most of the early reviews actually go out of their way to praise the quality of this particular device. Likewise for the Nexus 7. It’s not quite Apple quality, but it’s also between 25-50% of the price, and *almost* comparable. The difference is attributable to the distinction between the two companies’ profit models. The consumers really stand to benefit from Google’s approach.

      • Google doesn’t compromise with the quality.. Nexus 7 is awesome!

      • PhillipCun

        I meant specs as well. Should have reread what i typed. Don’t get me wrong, I own an N7 and Gnex and I love both of them… BUT
        N7 really wanted the camera, 32gb (will be official this friday) and MHL
        Gnex camera, radio, screen all weren’t up to par to the competition. We know that they usually dumb down the Nexus phones from competing with the manufacturer variant of the Nexus.

        Honestly the N7 now comes in 32gb and im pretty bitter. My biggest gripe is the LG Nexus. SERIOUSLY!?!? 8gb? 16gb? They even dumbed down the camera from the Optimus G.

        There is ALWAYS a few things that could have been included. I want it included, I wouldn’t mind paying a little more for it either.

  • droid

    idk, most of us already have tablets and phones and other laptops already. why do I need a laptop that is just a web browser. The line needs to be drawn somewhere on all the gadgets we have

    • TheWhiteLotus

      Because most of us just use laptops for things that Chrome can do, and having it just be Chrome makes it far faster, more secure, and cheaper.

    • perfectlyreasonabletoo

      I think their main target audience with these is probably schools and libraries. It would be a perfect fit.

    • kstrickland05

      “The line needs to be drawn somewhere on all the gadgets we have”
      lol, you don’t -have- to buy all those things.. Just buy what you need.

  • teleclimber

    Chromebooks are a lot more interesting now that they have native remote desktop capabilities. They can be your “throw-away” computer that you can safely take on a trip to dubious places.

    • dunkler

      Please elaborate for me and anyone else that is uninformed and intrigued.

    • Southrncomfortjm

      How well does it work? I could see myself getting a Chromebook as my portable solution and having a solid desktop networked at home that has all the important stuff on it. Would I be able to easily work on Word or other documents on the desktop computer using this feature?
      Also, any idea if Chromebooks support Onlive?

  • TheFirstUniverseKing

    16GB is a really mediocre amount of storage. I know it’s supposed to be connected to the Internet all the time and use cloud storage services like Dropbox, but that tiny amount of storage practically eliminates the option of throwing a Linux distribution on it without resorting to a clunky external drive. Bah, it’s $250, so I guess I can’t really complain.

    • TheWhiteLotus

      It’s Chrome OS. It isn’t MEANT to put a Linux distribution on it. 16 GB is fine.

      • TheFirstUniverseKing

        Won’t this laptop be practically useless then if you’re in a place without wifi? It isn’t really portable if you have to be sure you’re within a hotspot every time you decide to use it.

        • TheWhiteLotus

          It works offline.

        • mgamerz

          Many apps support offline, like their chrome for Windows/Mac/Linux counterpart.

      • That 16Gb is perfectly fine for an Ubuntu instance installed on the SSD. Of course in this case ChromeOS needs to go and your data may need to come from an SD card.

  • Currently I’m planning on getting the Surface, but this is interesting.. especially the price.

    • TheWhiteLotus

      I have no idea why people are so into the surface. It’s ridiculously stupid IMO.

      • PhillipCun

        That’s your opinion and Ben is stating his. Don’t like it then move on.

        We don’t need that type of attitude here.

        • Exactly. The plan now is to wait for real reviews on it, though, since besides specs and price the thing is on like lockdown. Also to see how it runs things like photoshop because those are must have for me. If not, UltraBooks will be in my market.

          • perfectlyreasonabletoo

            “things like photoshop”

            You realize Photoshop is out of the question… right? It will only run on the x86 versions, which are expected to be more like $1000.

          • The Surface Pro is supposed to be a fell fledged laptop as well unlike the more affordable Surface that is in competition with the iPad. Also, which just a tablet that so happens to work well as a decent desktop with added functionality of a keyboard.

          • nspooty

            Personally, I’m deciding between MS Surface Pro and Asus Taichi. You may want to look into the Taichi. You’ll have the choice of Core i5/i7. Check out the video.

            I’m not interested in sliders, but the Sony VAIO Duo 11 will also give you the choice of Core i3/i5/i7.

          • I’ll definitely check into that, thanks man.

      • Flyinion

        Because some of us think that things like a well designed tablet that can interact with the Windows ecosystem of software like Office, or other non-MS apps if you’re running the surface model with Win8 Pro, would be a great thing. The power of a traditional laptop in the format of a tablet.

        • TheWhiteLotus

          “Windows ecosystem”

          This is what I think is so stupid about it. I understand that Photoshop and other important apps run on it, but the vast majority of users don’t use or need Photoshop or Office. Can’t we leave their closed OS, crappy services, lack of innovation, and virus ridden software behind? Can we please move on?

          • mcdonsco

            The vast majority of users dont need office? What kind of crack are you smoking? I know of NOT ONE pc user that doesn’t need office…not one!

          • TheWhiteLotus

            Look at Google Docs. It’s free, and, while it doesn’t offer as many in depth features as Word, it offers more than what the average person writing a paper or doing a presentation or spreadsheet needs. Most people don’t need all of the features of Office and, college students just buy it to write simple papers.

          • mcdonsco

            I take it you’ve never heard of working “offline”???

          • mgamerz

            Google Docs supports offline editing.

          • mgamerz

            I could do without office, but you could never write a resume that would get you a job with Google Docs.

          • TheWhiteLotus

            I did. It is a really nice job too. Why don’t you think so?

          • mgamerz

            Granted, last time I used it, it was like 2 years ago. I don’t use that much advanced formatting with it. I like the collaboration and simpleness (and autosaves) on it, but when I need to format it (and submit to classes), I put them in word and make it look professional. It has support for better fonts and stuff. However, for just writing and some basic document abilities, I think it does that job well. It’s kind of like an advanced version of paint vs photoshop. For the most part it will get the job done but if I need it done professionally I will need to use something better.

          • TheWhiteLotus

            It’s come a LONG way since then. Try it it again. Lots of new fonts too.

          • mgamerz

            But… I have like… 3000 fonts… Never gonna give you up…

          • MikeCiggy

            false, i have my entire portfolio on my drive and my resume looks great. Having it in my GDrive lets me save changes easily and at anytime and also lets me print the most recent version anywhere anytime I need it.

      • mcdonsco

        Not everyone uses tech like you do, get over it. The surface pro is what im waiting for as well. For me, its quite perfect for my line of work…i need a full on portable windows computer in ipad form with pen capabilities…know of another? Tried convertible tablets, too bulky and clumsy, ipads and droid tabs dont work well for me either because of app/web service incompatibilities and no pen…full on laptop, can’t walk around with it, holding it and using it..surface solves all of that.

        • droyd4life

          droid tabs?…

      • teleclimber

        Surface is potentially interesting, but what I don’t understand is why people somehow see Chromebooks and Surfaces as comparable.

        They are opposite devices. One is tablet hardware with a “traditional” OS on it, the other is thin-client “cloud” OS in a Laptop form factor. Oh, and one is $250, while the full Surface Pro is price unknown, but since RT is $500, it’s bound to be $800 or so.

        Apples and oranges.

        • perfectlyreasonabletoo

          I think it’s fair to compare a Chromebook with a Surface RT. Both have very limited software availability and serve the same basic purposes.

      • perfectlyreasonabletoo

        Surface RT is ridiculously stupid. The real Windows 8 version’s just overpriced, not stupid.

  • MikeCiggy

    So is there a usb slot? Can I download my Google Drive spreadhseets as excel sheets onto a USB drive. This would be something I would need to do regularly. But $250 for this thing is SWEET.

    • Booyah

      Yes to the USB slot.

    • MikeCiggy

      The answer is yes. According to the google site. I am actually very interested in this rite now.

    • one USB 3.0 and one 2.0

  • TheMan876

    I’m curious about it, but I’m probably going with a Surface Pro when those show up. And If I’d got this I’d get it from Amazon to save on shipping.