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  • 3.0 stars

    "Don't think its not without issues"

    January 18, 2014  |   By Johnny_S

    Version: Google Chrome OS 29.0.1547.74


    Minimal hardware required to run it
    Quick startup and wake from sleep


    Lacks any real Peripheral support
    No plug and play for any printers (cloud print only)
    No support for USB cellular dongles except a couple
    Only runs Google app store applications (many web based)
    Real support is lacking and relies more on self help


    While Chrome OS along with Chromebooks can be useful, they have their share of pitfalls. This is not something to embrace unless your willing to forgo all familiar applications from Windows and OS X. Chrome OS is Linux but don't even think it will run Linux apps. Google has taken a very open OS kernel as Linux and locked it down so tight into its own ecosystem. Its very much not open anymore. Yes, you will find Chromium OS and Chromium browser in a developer compiler but its not layman friendly. You could also duel boot a Linux on Chromebooks but many Chromebooks have limited storage and not friendly at all on deleting Chrome OS partitions (which there are many). I basically use my Chromebook as a web access device. I seriously doubt I would ever buy another Chromebook unless Chrome OS become a more robust OS. I believe Google has tried to simplify the web experience but in my experience with Chrome OS its over simplified and handicapped.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Chrome: Simplicity, Speed, Automation"

    September 28, 2013  |   By kenilchattiero

    Version: Google Chrome OS 29.0.1547.74


    No need to Backup
    No need to install antivirus/firewall
    Fast boot-resume
    Nice design
    Unique concept


    Not much offline apps yet
    Battery life
    No matte display for Chromebook pixel
    No magnetic power plug

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