Weekend Open Forum: Would you get a Chrome OS laptop?

By Jos
May 13, 2011
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  1. No way on earth. It's like the old mainframe days; one powerful machine and lots of dumb terminals. You gotta be kidding google! The web is not the center of the universe you know. I need hardware I can rely on. I dont want to rely on a network connection that's slow & jealously capped by my ISP...
  2. bakape

    bakape TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 123

    Your average laptop + dualboot Chromium OS sounds like a good compromise, when you don't want W7 to plunder your battery, imo.
  3. spikester48661

    spikester48661 TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 103

    to all things google I sald a BIG NO WAY ...
  4. Leeky

    Leeky TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,378   +98

    I'd just get a budget laptop and throw Linux on it tbh, but each to their own.

    I'm prepared to try Chrome OS, would rather experience it before bashing it straight out of the cloud - literally. :haha:
  5. Mizzou

    Mizzou TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 930

    Since I already have a browser and have no intention of ever doing cloud computing can't really see any reason to buy one of these.
  6. blackbellysheep

    blackbellysheep Newcomer, in training Posts: 17

    Not many people read Eula's but people should read Google's for chrome cause there is a line in there that allow Google to use anything you've posted using chrome without your permission, and if that's a trend then beware of the cloud connected PC, always remember all your stuff is stored at someone else's server and what's on their server belongs to them, no matter what you think, and in this volatile industry companies die like flies and all your **** is gone.. so beware my friends treat all your data's like your children and always know where it is and how to retrieve it at anytime you want and for me the best place is with me., i know how to backup and fireproof and waterproof and all the **** they'll do and charge me monthly for...
    *ps* no need to curse me out.. this is just my opinion.
  7. Jos

    Jos TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 2,042   +62 Staff Member

    Sorry, typo. What's your excuse for this:

    Actually Spartans have nothing to do with this story. It was the Greeks that left the horse as a 'gift' for Trojans, then destroyed the city of Troy :p

    But back on topic, I also think that neither people nor 'the cloud' is ready. Maybe as a secondary computer for browsing and simple tasks, but at that price I'd rather get a netbook with a full-fledged OS and still have access to anything a Chromebook offers -- minus the 8-second boot time but who cares?
  8. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,033   +70

    Point well made, Jos. I'll add one more thing to this, as soon as SSD prices start to fall into general area of normal HDDs, they should become standard on netbooks + notebooks + PCs etc. the boot times debate will be pretty much non-starter, because few second boot time is nothing to talk about. Now once that happens, that leave this Chrome OS (an extension of browser?) with not much breathing space with its limited hardware support and useful applications, a point which I can support with hundred of thousands of stupid applications on android market (sometime I wonder why someone haven't 'developed' a fart-o-meter for android just in case it is wanted by some people).
  9. Tekkaraiden

    Tekkaraiden TechSpot Maniac Posts: 892   +52

    Actually the Spartans were a part of the Greek force that destroyed Troy (as they should since Helen was married to the King of Sparta).

    As for a chrome netbook, I gave chrome a whirl on my acer aspire one and was not overly impressed. Their are a lot better and more useful versions of Linux.
  10. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 12,113   +23

    Jos beat me to it.

    As for the topic: NO!
  11. Not a chance I would get a Chrome laptop/netbook/tablet. I won't use their browser, OS, or mobile devices either. I think Google itself (the search engine) is great (mostly) but all these other sectors they're trying to take over, no thanks.

    Anything they do is all about one thing, and that's advertising. If you wanna see a brilliant person speak about advertising, just search "Bill Hicks advertising" on youtube, and enjoy.
     
  12. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 948   +28

    Short answer is: No. Slightly longer answer is: Not without an in-depth review.

    I think it's premature to ask this question because the answers will be based on gut reaction. Sure reviews typically just help strengthen what you thought about something before, but at least you can back up what you think. As is the gut reaction is just based on people's idea about cloud computing, Google and such things, not the particular implementation.

    I think what needs to be seen is what can be done with this. Is there any storage where movies can be kept and played back? How does the OS function is the internet connection fails? There are many questions which need to be answered to determine how limited this solution is.

    My one gut reaction is that I'm not in the market for this, partly due to the price and partly due to the concept. That's because if I have to limit my freedom to install the applications I like, there'd rather be either other serious advantages or a price low enough that I'd be willing to pay even if I don't really need the product (and that price is really too low these days to be practical). I just recently bought a Thinkpad X120e (which I'll get soon, hopefully), and it feels to me like these AMD E-350 ultraportables are much better value than one of these Chromebooks.

    If I wanted to lose the Microsoft tax, I'd rather go with Linux. Cloud computing is always available from a browser on a real OS.
  13. I would like to play with one, but I don't want to give control to Google Cloud.
    many years ago during a consulting assignment at a big retailer, our PC applicatrions resided on a server, not the PC. We called it client-server in those days.
    deja vu
  14. gmad22

    gmad22 Newcomer, in training

    This is a very good move by Google i think. Just like with TV, most people dont care about the underlying magic, they just want to use it. Internet is going in that direction, and even if their first attempt doesnt came out great, they are severall steps ahead of the rest with chrome and android.

    Above all the things that google is doing right, i think the vision they have is unique. Who would have thought 10 years ago that google would be what it is today? On the other hand, Microsoft is still huge, but in the last 10 years hasnt change all that much right?
  15. marinkvasina

    marinkvasina TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 259   +9

    U ever heard of an USB or external HDD?
    u can keep the data there DUH

    And chinese hacked google? soo wut?
    Every single thing/website was hacked atleast once.

    Cloud service will probably have one of the best security.... google ain't stupid like Sony ....
  16. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,033   +70

    @marinkvasina
    Nothing is or can be completely secure IMO, so it is no more than a pipe dream. Google is becoming just as bureaucratic as any other big corporation, hence, their ability to react or adjust quickly will diminish overtime, just like it has happened to many corporations. By the way having their spyware (i.e. chrome browser) on your PC is secure enough?
  17. ramonsterns

    ramonsterns TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 752   +12

    Yeah, that's what PS3 users thought.

    Everything's secure until someone cracks it open, and then everything spills out.
  18. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,380   +825

    Well Jos, it's the thought that counts....Either that or, "movies ignored are destined to be misquoted".....
    OK, "cranky's frac-wards history analog has been, to one degree or another, repaired.

    Still the "Trojan Horse Affair", to this day has left us with this axiom, "beware of Greeks bearing laptops"!
    "Boot time", is why on the eight day, man created the personal coffeemaker, before he created the personal computer.

    (The computer came later in the day, well after lunch).
    See, I said that too.

    Well, you guys could stick with things like, "mothly" leasing; but only if I'm allowed to say, "although I personally loath this "Chromebook" idea, I'm sure people will be drawn to it like, "months" to a flame"......:rolleyes:
     
  19. cesarc

    cesarc Newcomer, in training

    Hell NO! Anyone ever wonder why Google is banned in so many other countries?
  20. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,392   +16

    No thanks, I am quite happy with my Windows laptop and as pointed out by almost everyone, cloud computing just has to many downsides for me to ever really trust it with something this important. I may look at just picking one up on the side to mess around with, however the price would need to come down first.
  21. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,195   +69

    Hell no! I rather have something useful.

    Kthxbye
  22. bioflex

    bioflex Newcomer, in training Posts: 70

    i dont think i see myself using any chrome OS product for quite a for see-able future, i mean where i am is not a good place for cloud computing and besides i am used to good old miscrosoft. the only viable of OS i see myself using is either linux which i am not too familiar with or IOS would also do just fine
  23. tonylukac

    tonylukac TechSpot Maniac Posts: 815   +18

    You all seem to be missing the point. With all the drive by downloads windows has bringing all the spyware/adware, this idea is great to surf the web. What do people do with college computers, for example? If it would only come down in price.
  24. Jurassic4096

    Jurassic4096 Banned Posts: 158

    In their view, Windows is too much of a pain to use and maintain for regular folks who just want to get online.

    So Chromebooks are for stupid people? I'll pass.
  25. unrealmp3

    unrealmp3 TechSpot Member Posts: 49

    I'm a PC gamer so I'm definitely out of the radar for now. If OnLive makes it to Chrome OS I might reconsider, otherwise this type of device might fit my mother's computing needs.


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