Google announced the Chromebook today. Is it worth it?
So the Google I/O conference is wrapping up today and Google finally dropped the bomb. Come 15 June you’ll be able to buy your own Chrome laptop.
There are 2 models lined up, one each from Acer (11″ screen) and Samsung (12″ screem). Neither has truly spectacular specs; they’re decent mid-level laptops. Also, complete specs haven’t been released so we don’t know what they are, yet.
But there is a partial list of specs on Amazon for the Acer, and I can see a problem. It only has a 16GB SSD drive. Um, no. That’s just not gonna work for me. I’m used to carrying everything with me; hard disks are huge so why not?
Google did announce the price today: Samsung ($429 with Wi-Fi, $499 with 3G) and Acer ($349). Come June 15, you can get them direct from Google and or from BestBuy or Amazon. There’s also going to be a subscription plan. It’s cost you $28 a month ($20 if you’re a student). Hardware upgrades come free with the subscription.
I"m seriously thinking about getting one, but I’m not sure I can get past the size of the SSD. I suspect that it will be an issue for most people. How big is your music library? What about movies? All too many of us are used to being able to carry everything around at all times.
On the other hand, I’m used to using my laptops to death so a subscription deal for $28 a month might be a good idea. It’s not much more than my last laptop cost per month over its life