|Google Cr-48 Chrome OS Notebook|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Notebook | Compact PC|
|Written by Austin Downing|
|Thursday, 17 March 2011|
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Google CR-48 Final Thoughts
Google's CR-48 is a look at the future; it is not quite ready for public consumption and Google acknowledges this but, the potential is there. In the time spent using CR-48 I found that the experience was exactly what I was expecting. In their current form all netbooks have limitations due to the lack of power, and therefore lend themselves perfectly to slim cloud based operating systems like Chrome OS and Jolicloud. Unfortunatly even when running Jolicloud on my EeePC I found the experience to be sluggish much of the time. On the other hand Chrome OS running on equally underwhelming hardware still feels to have quite a bit of pep to it in normal operation. Even better being a instant on system, I was able to write little blurbs as they came to me without having to worry about a waiting 30 seconds for my system to be ready to be used. I equally loved the ability to get 8 hours of battery life out of the system. This let me charge the CR-48 at night and leave the next morning for class without the need to carry around the charger.
Even with all of the praise I have given the CR-48, this product still has some flaws that need to be worked out. The most prominent of these is the need for better support of the SD Slot and USB drives. Out of the box, these are not enabled. Even after being enabled, content located on them cannot be used locally but instead may only be uploaded to other services. Another flaw of the CR-48 is although being a generally a very quick system, the lack of power in the CR-48 can show through occasionally when surfing around multiple Flash or Javascipt intensive sites. Overall, my experience on the CR-48 was enjoyable and has provided the mobile machine I have been looking for.
Google's Chrome OS has a very bright future in front of it. Having the ability to move between systems without losing any of users personal settings, having all documents stored on the cloud, and streaming media at your finger no matter where you are is where the future is heading.
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