My wife texted me to inform me that something “heavy” had been left at the mailbox for me. A short while later she sent an update, “definitely laptop.” (Good to know she isn’t snooping for presents, right?)
Turns out Google sent me one of their fancy new Chrome OS laptops! I wanted to list a few things I noticed right off the bat. I’ll try to come up with more to say after playing with it for a meaningful amount of time.
It really is almost identical to the Chrome Clone that I released the day they announced it.
It doesn’t make any sense to take a bunch of screenshots because all you’d see is a browser. It doesn’t make sense to take pictures because this can be completely described as “black laptop.” There is no branding on it, zero. It’s totally standard except it’s got a search key instead of a capslock… which I promptly remapped to a control key.
The hardware is soft. There is something about it that feels very soft in your hands. It’s nice to hold.
Despite my wife’s assertion, it’s very light. It’s not 11” macbook air light, but it’s light enough.
It has a 3G Verizon modem built in with 100M free every month. Yep. Coffee shop wifi is down, no problem.
Just like android, you enter your username and suddenly it’s a very comfortable place to be. It already knows your bookmarks, installs your extensions, and calls your mom to let her know you made it home safe.
If you don’t buy specific computers (Macs), this is how you will get your computer in the future: free and from Google.
Plugging in your camera to upload photos is a mess.
The trackpad is a mess.
It’s really hard to be cynical about a free laptop. Thanks Google!
I should note, this isn’t really designed to be a computer for regular people. This is “reference hardware,” something that gives developers a baseline model to think about when they’re developing stuff.