Have you heard of the Chromebook by Google? For those that haven’t been reading their tech-folder in Google Reader it’s one of the newest notebook and laptop options 0ut there for the truly mobile user.
The question is whether or not it’s worth it’s salt as a dedicated blogger’s device? After a cursory look at the two manufacturer options (Samsung and Acer currently) doesn’t appear to be too much of an update from the Cr-48 Prototype that was released last year. I tested one of the CR-48 (here’s my review) and ended up feeling like it wasn’t going to fit the bill.
In any case, here are some of the general things that I noted about the options of the new release:
It appears that both Samsung and Acer have the same major internal hardware, such as motherboard, chipset, and CPU system (1.66 GHz dual-core Intel Atom N570 processor). This is actually an update from the CR-48 which was an Atom N455 unit which had, among other things, half of the L2 Cache (512 vs 2 x 512KB) which could make the newer systems considerably faster.
The Samsung provides additional visual screen real-estate while bulking up .07lbs (.03kg). Samsung also appears to offer a Mini-DVI support while Acer has a HDMI out. High definition audio for Acer at the cost of a lower battery life (6 hrs compared to Samsung’s 8.5hrs of continuous usage).
It would seem that the give-and-takes are definitely there, right?
What Would You Choose?
If I had a choice and had an additional few dollars to spend I’d probably pick the Samsung over the Acer simply because I want more screen space, a little more battery life, and I’m not too concerned about just having a Mini-VGA instead of a preferred HDMI since I can’t imagine I’m going to be hooking it up to a flatscreen.
Typically the keyboard is the most important part for me but it doesn’t appear to be significantly different than my robust tests with the Prototype CR-48.
Take a visual look:
Nothing too radical, right?
In terms of the actual WIFI options you have a few and I’d personally choose one of the 3G models so that I can stay completely mobile wherever I was.
Expect to pay $60-$80 dollars more for the 3G versions. It’s interesting to note that these minibooks or netbooks are more expensive than their larger counterparts. Never understood that completely but it is what it is.
Where to Buy?
There are a few places to buy (the only currently):
I’m sure there will be other options soon enough!
My Bottom Line:
Will I be purchasing one of the new Google Chromebooks? That’s easy: Yes. I will spend a few dollars and have one to tote around.
But, will I actually use it for blogging? That’s easy too: No. I simply don’t see enough difference between these consumer-ready versions than the CR-48 which I tested extensively (again, read my review here). I just don’t think it’ll be viable for a serious blogger that needs the robust toolsets and apps to be effective.
And I love my Macbook Air far too much to even consider giving any other device the distinct privilege to publish my content. Yes, I’m that insanely in love with it.
Of course, the casual blogger who might be spending more time with just text and little media (image editing, etc) could find great favor with this device but might hit snags if they try to do more.
What about you? Love your thoughts!
A Few Overview Videos:
If you’re bored here are a few overview videos for your viewing pleasure: