Remember them? They are still out thier and putting on their brand spanking new lower pricing. A Chromebook is a personal computer running Google Chrome OS. The devices comprise a distinct class of presonal computer falling between a pure cloud client nd traditional laptop. Sort of like the old Sun Microsystems diskless workstation in laptop form factor.
Chromebooks are shipped with the Google Chrome OS operating system, which uses the Linux kernel, and the Google Chrome web browser with an integrated media player.
With limited offline capability and a boot time, according to Google, of eight seconds, Chromebooks are primarily designed to be used while connected to the Internet.
Instead of installing traditional applications, users add web apps from the Chrome Web Store, such as word processing and instant messaging. Google claims that a multi-layer security architecture eliminates the need for anti-virus software.
Support for many USB devices such as cameras, mice, external keyboards and flash drives is included, utilizing a feature similar to plug-and-play on other operating systems. Like the prototype Cr-48, Chromebooks will have a specialized keyboard complete with buttons for opening and controlling multiple browser windows, as well as a Web search button which replaces the caps lock key.
An analysis of the Samsung Series 5 components, 1.66 GHz dual-core Intel Atom N570, by iFixit in June 2011 estimated that the unit cost about US$322 in materials and US$12 in labor costs. With a retail price of US$499.99 and shipping, marketing, research and development and retail margins to account for this indicates that the profit margins on the Chromebooks are quite thin, requiring a large production run to make a profit.[
Today, Google has announced a holiday-timed price cut to its line of Chromebooks, the little “Nothing but the Web” personal computers that run an operating system resembling the Google Chrome web browser. Prices on Wi-Fi only Acer and Samsung models will drop from $349 to $299, and the Wi-Fi and 3G Samsung Series-5 will go down from $429 to $349 in an attempt to bolster holiday sales.
The Chromebook interface will also get some minor tweaks, with the user screen getting a face-lift and the New Tab screen changing to reflect the recent changes in the Google Chrome web browser.
Here is what Chromebook users will be greeted with when they start up their machines from now on:
A simple, streamlined user interface
From the moment you hit the power button and watch your Chromebook boot up in eight seconds flat, you’ll notice that the operating system got a bit of a facelift. For example, the Chromebook now sports a fresh, clean login experience.
We’ve also revamped the New Tab page to make it easier to manage your apps, bookmarks and most visited sites. By popular demand, we’ve added a few handy new shortcuts to the New Tab page: a shortcut to the File Manager on your Chromebook, as well as to music apps and games in the Chrome Web Store.
You may have also noticed, we recently gave the Chrome Web Store a new look, so that you can easily scan the wall of images to discover fun and useful apps and extensions.
Hassle-free for the holidays