Google Chromebook up for sale early on Gilt

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.

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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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  • Intel Dual-Core Processor

    Let's not emphasize the fact that it is an atom processor and maybe people will not notice.
    Your Non Advocate
    • RE: Google Chromebook up for sale early on Gilt

      @facebook@...

      well said, not as excited about this as i had hoped..

      is this the only version of this coming around? or will there be other chrome books from different manufacturers?
      asb2106
      • RE: Google Chromebook up for sale early on Gilt

        @asb2106 - Thus far, Acer and Samsung. I'm sure more will follow.
        aaseeger
  • RE: Google Chromebook up for sale early on Gilt

    Too much money for so little. I'll have to take a pass on this.
    LoverockDavidson
  • RE: Google Chromebook up for sale early on Gilt

    I ordered mine. I will use it to demo cloud computing advantages to clients. OK, it is $500. You never need virus scan. ~ 35/year. It comes with 100MB of data service. ~$??/year. I never need to install a patch or application, defrag a hard disk, lose data after a hardware failure, backup my system, etc.

    If it meets your needs, is it still expensive?
    Decomplexificat
    • RE: Google Chromebook up for sale early on Gilt

      @Decomplexificat <br>The way you make it sound... does it shart fairies too?
      monty19@...
      • RE: Google Chromebook up for sale early on Gilt

        @monty19@... There will probably be an app for that. It isn't a perfect device or solution. It is however a great solution for a segment of the population. People that only use web applications don't need OS-X or Windows. All those features end up being misconfigured and causing problems. It will be nice to have a solution that is what people need and nothing more. For the rest of us, we will keep on patching, defragging, etc.
        bryanbeaty
    • RE: Google Chromebook up for sale early on Gilt

      @Decomplexificat "You never need virus scan."

      There are always free alternatives these days - MSE, Avira, Avast, etc. Even Linux/Mac OS/BSD should have some form of malware protection running.

      "It comes with 100MB of data service."

      That's not very much considering that everything you do will need an internet connection. I'm sure they will offer more MBs, but for how much more moolah?

      "... lose data after a hardware failure, backup my system..."

      And servers never crash and never have down time? I would much rather back up my data myself (locally and in the cloud) than just rely on (Google's) cloud services.
      statuskwo5
    • RE: Google Chromebook up for sale early on Gilt

      @Decomplexificat

      Hmmm, my virus scan is free - MSE. I also have real applications not some betas that looks like they came from the early 20th century. I got my cheap netbook/phone/desktop OS from a software development company because I suspected they might be better at it than an advertising company.

      Why does this thin client scam repeat every few years? Because there's one born every minute.
      tonymcs@...
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        pinkfloydhighhopes
  • RE: Google Chromebook up for sale early on Gilt

    I think I will get a Chromebook even if it's $500. I hate dealing with anti-virus software and defragmentation of hard disk. Too much time. I am for the Cloud. I lost like 300 songs that I bought through I-Tunes and had them stored in my Mac hard drive
    Stanley Medina
    • RE: Google Chromebook up for sale early on Gilt

      @Stanley Medina
      When was the last time you "dealt with" defragmenting your hard disk? Windows will defragment itself automatically on weekly schedule. Plus, Windows does a pretty good job on keeping drives from getting fragmented in the first place. What on earth are you doing that gets your hard drive so fragmented?

      Chrome OS will be in just as much need of defragmenting as Windows is -- and it will manage it for you behind the scenes just like Windows does.
      PB_z
      • RE: Google Chromebook up for sale early on Gilt

        @PB_z Why would a Chromebook need to defrag the harddrive when you store nothing on it?
        bryanbeaty
      • RE: Google Chromebook up for sale early on Gilt

        @BryanBeaty
        Seriously? Any hard drive will need defragging, no matter the OS.
        45yoyos
      • You don't understand operating systems

        @bryanbeaty Dude if you really believe that, you have no clue of what an operating system is and how it works.

        Even if all the apps are web based, the operating system that will run the browser will require local storage and periodical updates. Given Google's poor record on quality (ie: they release without any SQA), you can bet that there will be plenty of updates before the product becomes usable (if ever).
        wackoae
  • RE: Google Chromebook up for sale early on Gilt

    I have one of the free ones, I think it is the Acer model. It is a trip compared to a "normal" laptop, with everything on the cloud and no hard drive. The Chrome keyboard means no Function keys, so I couldn't figure out how to use it with an alternate display. It does start up rocket fast, and you log in with your Google ID. Presto, all your Google docs and calendars are right there. I wonder what 3G service will cost after 2 years though...my Kindle service lasts forever....
    TexasJG
  • RE: Google Chromebook up for sale early on Gilt

    shoot me an email & I can get you an invite to Gilt,& link to buy a chromebook Today
    Email: chromebooklink@gmail.com
    P.S. It only works for new Gilt members
    ChromeBook invite
    chromebookinvite
    • Desperate to steal emails aren't you

      @chromebookinvite Anybody stupid enough to give you his email deserves the storm of spam that will start showing up in his/her account.
      wackoae
  • RE: Google Chromebook up for sale early on Gilt

    At least now I know the Gilt site is legit.

    Not wanting to be an early adopter though, so I am passing on my early invite I received yesterday.
    jhimes
  • RE: Google Chromebook up for sale early on Gilt

    I love my CR-48, and I love the Chromebook concept, but I'm very underwhelmed by this offering. If they priced it at $199-$299, i'd be all over it. If they included free unlimited lifetime 3G for the $500, I'd definitely consider it. But $500? I'll stick with my CR-48 and full-featured HP Notebook (which cost under $500.)
    jim@...