Google's Chrome OS Netbook has found its way into Chris Hardwick's hands for Gadget Pr0n, where he'll preview the device, the Chrome operating system and how the Cr-48 Notebook works. The future of cloud computing could be just around the corner!
What You Need To Know
- The Google C4-48 Chrome OS notebook is a prototype, so we are just giving the device a hands-on preview.
- The Chrome netbook measures only 1" thick and feels pretty light at 3.5 lbs.
- The style reminds us of MacBook's uni-body design, with a similar keyboard and touchpad.
- The chiclet keyboard is easy to type on, though it's not backlit.
- The notebook also offers new shortcut keys on the top, like Back, Forward, Reload and Full Screen.
- The caps lock key is replaced with a Search key.
- The touchpad works by pushing down on to click, and it supports multi-touch gestures like two finger scrolling and two finger right clicking.
- There is no pinch and zoom, though.
- The Chrome notebook is all Flash memory based, and it only takes about 15 seconds to start and if you're on standby mode, it's almost instantly on.
- The most interesting feature about Chrome OS is that it's entirely browser based, so you'll never see icons, folders or anything like that.
- First, you connect to the Internet with the built-in Wi-fi or 3G and you need a Google login.
- Once in, all you see is a Chrome browser.
- Chrome will support the latest version of Flash and anything else you can find ont he web, but the netbook itself is underpowered.
- Sites with streaming HD video run slow and choppy.
- Google also has their Chrome web store, which lets you get different apps for Chrome OS, which did add to the functionality to the netbook.
- The Google web store is really starting to fill out with a lot of different web apps, so you shouldn't have too much trouble finding an app for any task.
- These "apps" are actually just bookmarks of web pages designed specifically for Chrome.
- Even though we know cloud computing is on the way, it's kind of disconcerting not being able to run an application off your hard drive.
- For other normal computer functions, you can open documents easily with Google Docs.
- Uploading pictures is a little more difficult, since some USB drives are not supported by Chrome OS yet and there's no way to troubleshoot these kinds of problems, either.
- Google needs to work on a better touchpad with pinch and zoom, expanded driver support for a mouse, USB drives, SD cards and their devices you'd use with a netbook.
- We also hope they work on a file system and faster hardware.
If you want to test the Chrome notebook for yourself, apply to Google's pilot program here!
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