Pointless technology : The Chromebook

Just once in a while, a product comes along where you think “What the fuck where they thinking when they designed that?”

The Google Chromebook is just such a product…

Now I’m all in favour of a laptop that boots up a little bit quicker than the 5 odd minutes my XP machine takes but, to be honest, it does give me time to make a cup of tea while it starts up and, when it’s actually running, it does do the things that I want it to do.

The Chromebook on the other hand, doesn’t. Let’s look at some of the ‘advantages’ that are claimed for it :

“Chromebooks are always connected to internet.” Well that might be true for you, but frankly where I live – which is not in the middle of nowhere – I think we need to add “provided there is a connection, otherwise you can’t use it!”

“Your apps, documents, and settings are stored safely in the cloud” because there’s no hard drive to keep them on. See comment above and, let’s be honest, do you really want all you data stored on someone else’s hard drive?

“Software updates itself” just like with Microsoft updates – which is why mine is disabled!

On top of all this there is no USB port and no printer driver. It comes with a card slot and 16Gb of solid state memory. If it’s not on an app, then it doesn’t run. No spreadsheets, no word processing. It won’t run movies or play music. There’s minimal storage except on the web. If you want to print anything, then you need an internet connected printer – and we’ve all got one of those!

And, of course, all the apps have to be obtained from Google.

As far as I can see, you can get a pretty good laptop, an iPad or a good NetBook for about the same price – so what’s the point of it? It’s a bit like an iPhone that doesn’t make phone calls!

So if you want to impress your friends that you have the latest gadget and don’t actually want to do any computing, then this is the perfect product for you…


6 responses to “Pointless technology : The Chromebook

  1. Sorry but perhaps you should check your facts before ranting about things you don't know much about.First off you state there isn't a hard drive. It has a 16GB solid state drive with over 9GB free for your docs.Second the CR-48 came with 1 USB and the Samsung models have 2 USB ports.As for apps there are lots out there including docs, spreadsheets right on up to full IDE for programmers. And no the apps don't have to come from Google. It also plays movies has a build in slideshow to view images etc.To print you don't need an internet connected printer you can print via Chromes Cloud printing to any printer you current have.Sorry but I wont even get into the point of it because you obviously haven't got a clue. As for me I've used mine since Dec '10 and it's perhaps the most used computer in my household of 8.

  2. You're right – I haven't got a clue. I don't understand computers. I only spent 25 years in the IT industry. But I can read!Firstly, I did say it had 16Gb of solid state memory. It doesn't come with a printer driver. Cloud printing means you have to upload and download to print, fine if you have a reliable fast connection.I read the Acer spec. It doesn't have a usb port. Oh!.. and the CR48 is a prototype.OK – so maybe not all the apps come from Google, but they sure as hell push the majority.At the end of the day, it comes down to a fast reliable connection, otherwise you have a slow or nonfunctional PC at your fingertips.For unbiased opinions, see http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2010-12/10/first-look-google-netbook

  3. There are so many usage of Chrome book now a days. I like the functions and technology of it. It is tremendous invention.

  4. Awesome blog! Samsung and Acer are model of the chrome book. It is good and reliable product its look is very stylish and it is also very fast in operating.

  5. Amazing blog! Chromebooks are always connected to Internet so mostly people like to it. The first Chromebook is Samung Series 5. It is also very fast in operating.

  6. Samsung is one of the best company. I like this product. When i read this blog i got that it has several features to save the time and energy. This Chromebook quality is very good.