Google Chromebook up for sale early on Gilt

Summary:The Google Chromebooks are not going to be up for sale until later this summer, but Google surprised some of us with an invite to buy one early.

Google Chromebooks are not going to be up for sale until later this summer, but Google surprised some of us with an invite to buy one early. The Samsung Chromebook is being sold by invite only through Gilt starting today, with a limited number available. It will be interesting to see how many people bite as a result of this deal, but I won't be one of them.

The Samsung Chromebook as offered is a whopping $499 as configured:

  • 12.1" (1280x800) Display
  • 3.26 lbs / 1.48 kg
  • Up to 8.5 hours of continuous usage
  • Intel Dual-Core Processor
  • Built in dual-band Wi-Fi and World-mode 3G
  • HD Webcam
  • 2 USB 2.0 ports
  • 4-in-1 memory card slot
  • Mini-VGA port
  • Fullsize Chrome keyboard

The Chromebook comes with "up to 100MB per month of Mobile Broadband service included with device for 2 years, provided by Verizon. Also available are an unlimited day pass for just $9.99 and pay-as-you-go rates that don't require any long-term contracts."

This special deal for $499 includes a fancy Chrome sleeve. I won't be picking one up for that price, especially having not tried a Chromebook. I would have to feel certain I could do everything I need to do with the Chrome OS before laying out that kind of money. How about you? Would you pay $499 for one of these?

Topics: Mobility, Google

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