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In case you missed the Google I/O Livestream and the coverage by every online tech blog in the world, here's what Google posted on their blog yesterday, as well as some great video including a Chromebook promo and the Day 2 Keynote where they announced it:
A little less than two years ago we set out to make computers much better. Today, we're announcing the first Chromebooks from our partners, Samsung and Acer. These are not typical notebooks. With a Chromebook you won't wait minutes for your computer to boot and browser to start. You'll be reading your email in seconds. Thanks to automatic updates the software on your Chromebook will get faster over time. Your apps, games, photos, music, movies and documents will be accessible wherever you are and you won't need to worry about losing your computer or forgetting to back up files. Chromebooks will last a day of use on a single charge, so you don't need to carry a power cord everywhere. And with optional 3G, just like your phone, you'll have the web when you need it. Chromebooks have many layers of security built in so there is no anti-virus software to buy and maintain. Even more importantly, you won't spend hours fighting your computer to set it up and keep it up to date.
Google I/O 2011: Subscriptions for laptops, eh? Sounds like mobile phones but, for a laptop. This is a grand step for Google as they're now going to be snapping at the heels of the old-school big boys and the old hand shakes in dark alley companies such as IBM, Dell, etc. Chromebook is to not be mistaken as a Windows or OS X-based solution, Google is grabbing one hand on the internet and cloud-based solutions such as GMail, Docs, Calendar and with the other hand, firmly squeezing the notebook market and by the power of greyskull (or something like that) they've infused these two sections of the IT market and created Chromebook.
But, that's just the beginning, using a subscription-based model, Google can sell these Chromebook's on the cheap and get into the market faster than corporations, companies or schools dumping $1000 or $2000 per machine. How will the subscriptions work? Enterprise users will pay $28 per user, education users are $20 per user. Customers will enter a three-year contract if they want to take on that pricing model - three years sounds like a long time but for business and educational use, is there a need for more power over time?
Google I/O 2011: Google are set to announce a new Chrome laptop in a $20 a month "student package" which includes both hardware and online services. Google are striking while the iron is hot as it would go hand in hand with their Google Apps which is a Microsoft Office-like suite of products that is sold to businesses for $50 a year. Bundle this with a super-inexpensive Chrome laptop and market it like mobile phones are and it could be a money-making machine for Google.
Having students have access to laptops that are cheaper than buying a laptop for school is a big thing for Google. Right now even a cheap netbook is still a few hundred dollars, but even a part-time working student could very easily afford $20 a month for a Chrome-based laptop.
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Finally! After what seems like a very long time of little press or word from Google as to when Chrome OS netbooks would start hitting the shelves, Engadget discovered, interestingly enough, a bug report for the Samsung version on the Chromium Google Group.
The bug report lists components and implementations like a 1.5GHz dual-core Atom N550, SanDisk SSD P4 (size TBA), and 2GB RAM, a Qualcomm Gobi 2000 3G card, Bluetooth, WiFi, webcam, and a Synaptics touchpad. (Code)Named "Alex", this Samsung notebook will most likely launch in the next couple months. Then again, Google I/O is in two weeks, so who would be that surprised if the official announcement came then?
Bug report, photo courtesy of Engadget
Remember a while back when we announced the upcoming Lenovo X220 and X220T? They have officially updated their Facebook status to "incoming".
Make sure to check out the article linked above for all of the crazy specs available. The Netbook starts at $850 and the tablet goes for $1,250. They both have the same CPU, but feel free to trick them out as you (or your wallet) see fit. Just remember: iPad 2's are really esthetically pleasing, but you're not going to find a battery life (or a stylus) like this in almost any other product out there.
Haier 7G2 was on display at IDF Beijing 2011 showing off its Core i7 Sandybridge processor.
This 14-inch metallic beauty has metal wire drawing on the palm rest and an ATI HD 6730 which gives it a 3DMark06 score of 11,000. If you're wondering if you should be impressed, well, you should, the current industry average for an equivalent desktop replacement is around 9,000. The 7G2 comes in both Core i3 and i5 options with a 350 and 500GB hard drive options with 2GB/4GB RAM varieties.
My initial impressions of this notebook aren't great, the keyboard has a great deal of flex (I was kind in the above video since the booth staff beamed so proudly over his machine) and the track pad is small for a 14 inch device. The woes of the device don't end there, the mouse buttons offer poor feed back and there are a lack of USB ports as I was only able to count two on the entire system.
The 3DMark06 score got out attention, but the keyboard has us hesitant on wanting to even try to get our hands on for a review!
Have you or any of your over-caffeinated stress-riddled office coworkers developed an unnerving twitch due to sitting at your desk all day, harried by the incessant ambient clicking of mouses (do we say "mice" when pluralizing the device? anyone?)?
Well Nexus Technology has the product for you! They introduce today their SM-800 ("SM" presumably standing for "Silent Mouse"- that kind of simplicity is very comforting in an age where every tech product has a name that sounds like something that belongs in space), with patented "Switch" technology. The latter is what gives the SM series its stress-relieving silence:
Google has their head buried deep in Chrome OS land where the operating system is expected to ship sometime in Q2 of this year. Google is reportedly working out retail deals with manufacturers and suppliers. Recently there has been lots of testing going on at the factory level with partners such as Acer and Samsung.
Chrome OS is being described as being an "optimized experience" for netbooks and will come with Wi-Fi and 3G options. Chrome OS will only ship on specific hardware following deals that are struck between Google and the manufacturers. Chromium OS (the open source development version of Chrome OS) will be available as a disk image so that enthusiasts can put Chrome OS on any machine they please - however, this won't get the same support from Google.
Gateway are rolling out some new AMD Vision equipped notebooks shortly which deliver 'enhanced performance capabilities for mobile computing'. The cream of the crop is the Gateway NV51B05u which sports an AMD E-series processor E-350 with Vision Technology and AMD Radeon HD 6310 graphics, both of which allow a user to have a perfect 1080p HD experience and to play casual games - all for just $469.99.
The Gateway NV Series feature a decent ingredients list, full-sized keyboard, 15.6-inch HD widescreen with UltrabrightT LED-backlit display, three USB ports and a HDMI port.