You’ve been eyeing the next table at the coffee shop. It is not the woman sitting there, nor her croissant. You have laptop envy. She’s typing away on a slick, super-slim MacBook Air. It would be so great to be able to fit your computer into your handbag—and not dislocate your shoulder. There is, however, the $1,000 price tag.
Enter the new Samsung Chromebook. It looks like the MacBook Air. The screen is the same size, the weight and thinness are comparable, it boots up in seconds, and the battery enables it to run for more than six hours.
And it costs just $249.
Too good to be true? Well, you won’t be able to run Photoshop or Microsoft Word.
The Chromebook runs Google’s Chrome operating system. In Chrome, all of the applications run in the browser. You can do word processing with Google docs and basic photo editing with PIXLR.
If you already do most of your everyday tasks in the Google-verse (Docs, Gmail, calendar, chat, etc.), the Chromebook is perfect. If you need specialized software, it will probably disappoint.
Currently Google Drive is offering 100GB of free space for two years if you buy a Chromebook. And GOGO is offering 12 free inflight wifi passes to use while you’re flying.