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February 18, 2011

Chrome OS – CR-48


Finally, two months later after receiving the Cr-48 laptop (thanks Google!) and dragging it half way around the world we’re now blogging about it.

The Cr-48 laptop is the first Chrome OS laptop that Google gave away as part of a pilot program to get Chrome OS circulated and feedback from testers.

Overall, for a free laptop it’s not bad. The hardware is actually pretty slick. It looks like a black matted finish Mackbook. Instead of a glossy display, it has a 12 inch matted screen. The mousepad is actually a clickpad which took me sometime to get use to. It also sports a webcam and the quality is decent.

The boot up time is lightning speed, it takes about 20 sec max. If it’s in hibernation mode it’s instant on.  Otherwise, there’s not much to the software. If you’ve used Chrome, you’ve used Chrome OS. Everything is cloud based so if you live on Gmail, Gtalk, Picasa, and all you do is surf the web, then this is the laptop for you!

Honestly, I have to admit, I see the uses for Chrome OS but there’s also quite a bit of limitation. If I have to VPN into work, or print a Word document (which is pretty rare, but it happens) I find myself reaching for the Windows laptop. Also, youtube videos on Chrome OS can be pretty choppy. Adobe is working on Flash 10.1 for Chrome OS which should resolve the issue. One last caveat is that without internet connection the laptop is pretty much useless. I hauled the laptop half way across the world, had a 9 hour layover, but didn’t have internet access so I felt like I was hauling a brick 🙂

All things considered, it’s not a bad concept. After using it for two months, I can get by with my day to day surfing and blogging on this laptop. However, if I had to pay for a Chrome OS laptop, I would probably choose a Android tablet over the Chrome OS.

P.S Keep in mind, the CR-48 laptop is a testing laptop. I’m sure by the time the Chrome OS laptop releases mid 2011 it’ll be much more powerful than this one. Although there’s not been much


The Cr 48 is Google’s first attempt at designing an operating system. I think Google Chrome is the best browser out there and the Cr 48 capitalizes on just that, but falls short as a laptop replacement!

If everything is cloud based then I’m wondering what (as GoogleChic puts it :)) “brick” Google wired up inside the laptop. Because I would rather have an iPad or any tablet to perform the same functions and much more (consider the thousands of Apps you get on an iPad or an Android tablet). Think about dragging around a 2.8 pound device when you could have been carrying a 1.5 pound iPad or even a 2.3 pound Macbook Air at the very least.

Despite its size, weight and usage shortcomings, I like the matte finish, the keyboard and track pad that it comes with. But as GoogleChic mentioned, Cr 48  is still a Pilot program so let’s give it the benefit of doubt.

Apart from browsing the web and using Google freebie software (Google Docs etc), you can hop on to theChrome Web Store to download Apps (like App Store or Android Market).

Here are the specs for you tech geeks:
  • 12.1 inch screen
  • Oversized trackpad
  • Qualcomm Gobi 3G chip for Verizon data in the US, your carrier of choice internationally
  • 802.11n dual-band WiFi.
  • 8+ hours of active use with 8+ hours of standby
  • Flash Storage

If you are a hacker, this should interest you! Google recently announced a $20,000 prize offer for cracking into Cr 48.

Want to be the first to know when its released? Go ahead register with Google! And if you are one of those lucky ones like GoogleChic here, you will wake up with 100 spam emails from Google 🙂

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