New Google Chrome OS Netbook : Hand-on review

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Chrome OS is one another OS from Google that planned for PC-type netbooks, notebooks, and perhaps also for desktop computers. New Google Chrome OS Netbook may compete with Microsoft’s dominant Windows OS however Google’s biggest competitor could be itself since OS is in the works for at least three general-purpose. In January at CES, the CR-48 prototype Google Chrome OS netbook was shown initially which now emerged in the UK courtesy of the Big G. Read the hand-on review of this new Google Chrome OS Netbook.

New Google Chrome OS Netbook : Hand-on review

Google Chrome OS seems like the Chrome browser and desktop is not included in it. A handy tool that might sync with Google Docs called Scratchpad note-taking tool is offered by Google Chrome OS. To have several people signing in on your Chrome OS netbook, even if you sign in using your Google Account, it is required to be linked to the internet or the integral cellular to sign in. The guest access is present but you may halt it if you desire.

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When you first log in, you will be provided to take a webcam pic for your account image. Even you can sign in onto Wi-Fi and cellular networks. Set the time and date as per your wish in it or else everything is handled within the standard Chrome interface together with all the settings. Automatically, you can download your Extensions and other information if you sync your Chrome browser to the cloud.

Astoundingly the CR-48 prototype is neat in exterior and very usable while the keyboard is nice, the matt finish elegant and the matt screen outstanding for usability. There is even a webcam, mic and a VGA connector. For maximizing and minimizing Chrome OS or varying brightness, and switching tabs the function keys are located atop the keyboard. Instead of the Caps Lock key, a search key is available which brings up a new tab for us. You can also obtain Caps Lock back if you wish.

There are also few downside of it like process is little slow, only selected Extensions installed unlike versions used on Windows or Mac OS X, fonts in the browser look patchy, and the new Google bar on all other machines is not added. One other major problem is of connectivity as presently Chrome OS is bit rubbish exclusive of the internet.

When you have connectivity, new Google Chrome OS Netbook is greatly helpful for basic web use. Actually Google needs to think regarding those moments offline. The price of it would be the major factor; it must be sub-£300 for a severe choice to Windows netbooks.

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