- Jun 24, 2004
- Top of Virginia
My folks sent us their Samsung Chromebook that they never use and I was playing with it last night; I love that little machine. It's obviously a very light-weight "laptop", good only for internet-based work, but with Microsoft's excellent web versions of its Office applications accessible via SkyDrive, you can do real work on this $249 computer. Netflix streams beautifully on it. And it's all on an ARM-type processor with no fans. The thing runs in complete silence. I'm quite surprised at how much I like this little thing. ZDnet review here: http://www.zdnet.com/samsung-chromebook-best-249-you-can-spend-review-7000016148/ As the review said, the keyboard is fantastic. I can type as fast on that as I can on anything. I think the screen is bright enough, but it has a very anti-glare "matte" finish to it that is maybe a little too "anti-glare" (and thus it loses a bit of clarity). Though Google certainly hopes users will use this to further make use of their Google/Gmail accounts, there are "apps" (which are really just shortcuts to the websites) for Microsoft SkyDrive and Outlook, so it's but a click and I'm into either of those services sending email or editing a Word document or a spreadsheet. It has a YouTube "app" (again, just a hotlink) and it plays YouTube videos in HD just fine. Interesting little machine, this. I've just played with it for a day, but I've grown quite fond of it.