The new Chromebook is a great computer at any price, but it’s an incredible computer at $249. It’s one of the lightest laptops on the market. You can easily carry it around all day—it’s 2.5 pounds, a mere 0.8 inches thick, with more than 6 hours of battery life for the typical user. And with 100 GB of free storage on Google Drive*, you can get to all of your stuff anytime, anywhere.
Even with its compact design, it’s packed with performance—it boots up in less than 10 seconds and resumes instantly. High-resolution videos (in 1080p) are beautiful to watch and when using the touchpad, you’ll notice smooth scrolling due to a hardware-accelerated user interface. And as you‘d expect from a Chromebook, it’s easy to share with others. Everyone—mom, dad, grandparents, tech lovers, tech haters—can have separate accounts where all of their stuff is kept safe. Finally, if you’re an active Google user of products like Gmail, Drive, Search, Maps, YouTube, Play or Google+ Hangouts, everything just works seamlessly.
In the midst of some of the year's largest hardware product releases over the past — and coming — few weeks, I certainly didn't expect for a Chromebook to be one of the most interesting to date.
Although the $249 Chromebook isn't really for me, I suspect it will appeal to many who remain hostile to the tablet-driven computing experience. Moreover, given the recent interface overhaul of Chrome OS, it's an increasingly robust solution for basic computing tasks.
Looking at emerging markets (amongst others), the $249 Chromebook makes a lot of sense. It's rooted in simplicity, it leverages web technologies, and its on an aggressive update cycle.
Perhaps it will bear the brunt of some derision but, in my eyes, I think it's an extraordinarily intriguing device, particularly considering the hardware category in which it resides.
For more information, visit Google's $249 Chromebook page.