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Review: Google's Chrome OS Notebook

Feel Free to Destroy the Chrome OS Notebook

Google is very serious about Chrome OS – serious enough to buy what is rumored to be 60,000 of these Cr-48 notebooks to distribute to the public as part of a pilot program.

What we've previewed today is what Google is ready to show off. As we've seen from the company's past products, it's not afraid to roll out products to the world with a beta tag stuck on the logo to let everyone know that it's still a work in progress.

At this stage, we feel that Chrome OS is a bit too limited for fulltime use. It won't be replacing our desktops or other laptops because it can't fully do everything we normally do in our usual day of computing. Chrome OS can definitely do email, documents, and even light picture editing, but dedicated, external clients are still more powerful.

Of course, we don't represent the average laptop user. There are many people who don't do anything on a computer that can't already be done from a smartphone or tablet. For those people, a Chrome OS notebook really could be a cheap and efficient solution to their computing needs.

We spent considerable time discussing the hardware (which we admire for its lack of design pollution), but it's the software that offers a real peek into what Google thinks is the future of personal computing.

There is an undeniable advantage to relying on the cloud--you have greater immunity to malware, as well as the peace of mind that losing your notebook does not mean that you've lost your data.

Google highlights this best in the video below – but it only works the way Google invisions if you've always got a steady connection to the cloud.