Google Chromebook 11 Review

The Chromebook 11 is an affordable laptop for the beginner computer user.

Google Chromebook 11 Review

Google has teamed up with Hewlett-Packard to manufacture an affordable laptop called the Google Chromebook 11. Unlike traditional laptops which rely on their Mac or Windows operating systems, the Chromebook’s operating system relies on apps and tools from the internet to perform tasks.

Traditional computer users may be shocked to learn that the Chromebook comes with just 16GB of internal storage, but there is also 100GB of cloud storage with Google (for two years) included. The Chromebook 11 features an 11.6-inch 720-pixel HD screen with a 176-degree viewing angle and weighs just one kilogram. To keep the price down, the frame is made out of plastic instead of metal and the speakers are positioned below the keyboard (which actually works out well).

Unlike other laptops, the Chromebook has access to Google’s tools on the internet, which cuts out the extra expense of purchasing software such as Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop. A photo editing package and Quickoffice tools come standard with the laptop.

There has been no announcement of Australian pricing or release dates, but at just $US279, you can expect the price to be around the $400 mark.

The Google Chromebook is a great entry level laptop or upgrade for those looking for a faster machine at an affordable price point.

Find out more at play.google.com.





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    iamnotold
    24th Oct 2013
    1:15pm
    Plenty of full size laptops available for under $500 (some even under $400) and no one has to buy MS or Adobe products, alternatives available for free.
    Mr Charlie
    24th Oct 2013
    3:23pm
    Rather pay an extra $100 and get the Aldi Medion laptop with the 15.6" screen. You cannot live on apps alone.
    Mordak
    24th Oct 2013
    5:26pm
    Old laptops can be revitalised often by installing Ubuntu, which is a totally different operating system to any of the Microsoft ones such as XP, Vista or win 7 or 8. Ubuntu is a free product available for download. It has an office suit similar to Microsoft office, has a browser (Firefox),includes an email program, and software included for music and photography and access to thousands of free open source programs. Try the link here or google ubuntu, read about it, take the tour and you can even try it on your PC before fully installing in case its not what you want.
    http://www.ubuntu.com/desktop/take-the-tour
    iamnotold
    24th Oct 2013
    6:36pm
    Linux Mint is also good for new users:
    http://www.linuxmint.com/download.php
    Boof
    25th Oct 2013
    5:48pm
    Geeze. I went onto Google chrome and then couldn't get rid of the B.S. and adds, all the time. It took me ages B4 I could remove it. This sounds very similar.
    Mordak
    25th Oct 2013
    6:36pm
    Sorry Boof, but you are talking about a Browser, like Internet Explorer or Firefox.

    I am referring to a complete operating system that is instead of (or dual boot for the more knowledgeable computer people) apple Mac,vista, win 7, or 8 etc. Both UBUNTU and LYNX MINT as suggested by iamtold, are good for simplicity and ease of installing onto a computer and using for most people, the learning curve is not to steep. Just google as I first suggested and have a read about them.


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