WOW – yep, I’m sold on this! What a great device – heard about them, read about them … and finally got my hands on one….
The Samsung Chromebook – launched in the US and UK (now available in a few more countries) – but not in New Zealand! I had to purchase it on Amazon (US) and get it shipped to NZ using a NZ PostShop service called YouShop which provides you with a US delivery address and then ships it out to you in NZ once you’ve made payment for postage.
All up I paid NZ$311.00 for the Chromebook – plus $60 postage. No duty or GST to pay. Delivered in a week from ordering to my door for NZ$371.00 – TOTAL BARGAIN!
This thing is great;
- Light weight
- Silent operation (no fans)
- Runs cool – doesn’t get hot
- Boots from fresh in less than 9 seconds
- Instant on/off if you close the lid
- 7 hours of battery life
- Fast operating system (Chrome)
- Great screen 11.6″
- Lovely keyboard (very Mac like)
- Large track pad
- No software to purchase (all FREE web apps)
- Automatically updates over wifi
- No issues with viruses
- Built-in Webcam and mic
- 2 x USB (one is 3.0)
- 1 x HDMI – looks awesome on my HDTV
- SD card slot
- Love it!
When you first boot it up, there’s no setup to go through. Just input your Google account details and password and BOOM – you’re in. It grabs your chrome bookmarks, links to your Google Drive (and gives you a whooping 100GB of free storage!). No software to purchase or download – just head off to the Chrome Web Store and select your FREE apps. I’ve added;
- Chrome web browser
- Google search
- Google Drive
- Microsoft Skydrive
- Google maps
- and shed loads more!!!
There really is a web app for most applications. The only exception at this stage that has left me lost is the lack of a Skype web app – yep you can use Google hangouts, but Skype is my main video connection with mates/family.
It just works…. plugged my Logitech Z5 USB speakers into the Chromebook – BOOM – no software to configure or download – they just work. Plugged the HDMI into my TV and it worked – perfectly, no mucking around with settings.
I really like it – so far I’ve been able to complete all tasks (except Skype) on this device; including this blog post! I think that this could be a great student device – fast, low cost and it doesn’t have any of the iPad java/flash issues – all websites load and work just fine. Highly recommend that you have a play with one of these … it could be the future 🙂