|Google Cr-48 Chrome OS Notebook|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Notebook | Compact PC|
|Written by Austin Downing|
|Friday, 18 March 2011|
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Google Cr-48 Chrome Notebook Review
Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by Google.
Cloud computing has been the big word for the last two years, and has quickly become a part of everyone's daily lives. Photos going up on the web to be edited, music and video being streamed, and documents stored online are becoming the norm. Google's CR-48 Chrome Notebook running the Chrome OS is a culmination of all of these. It provides no local services and allows users to only use internet accessible services. Benchmark Reviews will investigate to see if the CR-48 is really the future of computing or if it just is an interesting idea that will fade away like many other products that have been touted as "the future of computing."
The Google CR-48 is a Cloud based system. In short this means nothing is contained within the system, and therefore anything a user wants to do is contained on the web in some form or another. Want to edit a photo? Google recommends you use Picasa. Want to write a paper? Google wants you to use it Google documents system. Looking for some music? You have many choices for that including Pandora, Grooveshark, or Rdio. This means a constant internet connection is be needed to use the CR-48. Thankfully, along with Wi-Fi access the CR-48 also comes with two years of 3G internet service courtesy of Verizon. This always-connected requirement does come with its own benefits though. The CR-48 boasts an 8-hour battery life, 8 days of standby time, and an almost instantaneous startup. All of this comes in a sleek all black matte exterior, with a full size keyboard, a matte 1280x800 LCD screen, and a multi-touch capable touchpad.
As the Google CR-48 is a preview unit to help work out the kinks in Google's Chrome OS, the testing on this device will not be a finalized verdict on a the CR-48 but rather a preview of the technology that will be seen in the future. Because of this, no award will be given at the end of this review.