Buy a new Chromebook for $249, but get $269 in service value from Gogo and Google Drive

Buy a new Chromebook for $249, but get $269 in service value from Gogo and Google Drive

Summary: If you are even considering the Chromebook, look at the fine print on the Amazon purchase page to find you get $269 in value-added services for your $249 purchase. Yes, you are getting $20 to buy a Chromebook so if you use these services it is a no-brainer purchase.

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Buy a new Chromebook for $249, but get $269 in service value from Gogo and Google Drive

I have an iPad 3 and just pre-ordered a Microsoft Surface, but my buddy and MoTR podcast co-host Kevin Tofel has been selling me on the virtues of the Chromebook. As my ZDNet colleague James Kendrick pointed out you can now buy a reduced spec Chromebook for just $249 and even then I figured I would skip it as I have other devices. I then went to the Amazon preorder page and after seeing a few of the added services that come with the Chromebook I ordered one right away.

12 free Gogo in-air internet passes

I travel quite a bit for my professional engineering job, primarily on Alaska Airlines, and one of the included services with a new Chromebook is 12 free passes (estimated $150 value) that you can use over 2 years on domestic US flights with Gogo. I have a flight to DC coming up right after the estimated 31 October delivery date of my Chromebook so plan to test this out right away. I enjoy using Gogo services and this included service has real value for me.

100GB of free Google Drive storage

I like using cloud storage services and currently use Skydrive, Dropbox, and Google Drive as my primary solutions. With a new Chromebook purchase you get 100GB of free Google Drive storage for two years ($119.76 value).

I used a Chromebook for a couple of weeks and enjoyed the keyboard and utility of the Chrome OS. Now that Google is partnering to give me $269.76 in services that are valuable and will be used by me, how can I pass on the $249 device? In effect, I am receiving $20 to buy a Chromebook and I imagine there is even more value than that in the efficiency and usefulness in using Chrome on the new Chromebook.

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  • No value at all

    Sorry Matthew. M, but your 'value added services' is non-sense. You can buy a 64 gb sd card for $35.You are counting on the hypothetical cloud storage which you may never use. So to get $150 air-internet which you may not use fully, you are paying $250 for a useless device. I pity that you are a victim of marketing stunts...

    Its not too late to cancel your order....think...think...
    owlllnet
    • But

      as he's determining that these services are worth it, it isn't a waste.

      Besides, he's a blogger. He really doesn't need much more than a Chromebook for his job.
      Michael Alan Goff
    • Agreed.

      OP is an idiot.
      TShadow2
    • Cloud Storage

      But with a 64 gb sd card, it can easily be misplaced, destroyed, or otherwise. I don't know about you, but I would trust the cloud more than myself.
      Henry Lui
    • Oh no!

      You mean to tell me that I replaced my grandmother's aging Dell with one of these when they first came out and she hasn't missed a beat but it turns out it's useless? That fact that I don't have to worry about os upgrades and virus and extra costs and it works fine for everything she does and that just doesn't matter because it's useless?

      I pity that you are a victim of life.
      oneleft
    • owlllnet you seem to be misinformed?

      You seem to be mistaken as to what this device is for and how it could be used to simplify your personal/business life. The idea of this is for people that live online and want to have quick access to all of their data and connections. Yes, you may not use these services completely at first but its nice that they are there when you might need them.

      Yes, you can still expand the memory with an SD card which might work well for some. But from the exposure Ive had with these machines ... they are wonderful! They are quick, light weight, and very versatile.

      Try this ... turn off your internet and see how many things you actually do with your computer. Again the point is that your online all the time so why not have something thats built for the web.
      Tyson Kemp
  • Chromebook

    I am a person using the Internet to snipe at people to inflate my self-esteem while hiding behind the anonymity that the Internet provides.
    piornet@...
    • That's funny

      Yeah, really wish ZDnet had the "real name" policy that Google employs on G+ (and hopefully forced on YouTube soon)
      Michael Alan Goff
      • No need

        There is no anonymity on Internet. It's a myth.
        Anyone relying on that deserves what they get.
        danbi
  • oh consumerism.

    its a great product I think. I wonder what can be used offline however?
    also, great couple of lines : "how can I pass on the $249 device? In effect, I am receiving $20 to buy a Chromebook and I imagine there is even more value than that in the efficiency and usefulness in using Chrome on the new Chromebook." oh yeah, why not join ..
    Ikbel Amri
  • You can buy a Windows netbook for $250

    Sorry but you can buy a netbook with a Full copy of Windows and a 250Gb Hard drive for $250.
    Why would I buy a Chromebook and get locked into Google?
    jscott418-22447200638980614791982928182376
    • You could buy a netbook

      “Why would I buy a Chromebook and get locked into Google?”
      The same could be said with a Windows system.

      Its called choice, chose what works for you.
      RickLively
    • Speed and simplicity is what I need do you?

      These arent power houses ... thats known. What needs to be understood though is that they are extremely quick and efficient at what they do, which is the browse the web and use web apps, ask yourself what else your doing with a computer truly and I think youll be surprised at the answer. I understand its hard to transition your thinking to this idea of computing but I urge you to take a closer look.

      This is more of a supplement to a computing eco-system not replacement. I can't tell you how nice it is to have everything windows brings to the table out of the way so that I can just get done what I need to in the way that I need to.
      Tyson Kemp
  • Matt I just have a question

    So, are you going to cancel your Surface RT order or you see both of them have a place? If both of them have a place, I would like to know what could be the bigger usecase for each.
    Ram U
    • Getting both, making an informed decision

      I plan to keep both orders and try them both out. I see the Chromebook as more of a focused writing and surfing tool and the Surface as a media device and iPad replacement/alternative. When I tried the Chromebook before I really liked it for writing articles, but it was too expensive for me at $500+. Now at half the price, with some high value services for ME, it really was a no brainer for someone like me who is a big fan of Google services.
      palmsolo (aka Matthew Miller)
      • Thank you very much.

        I am also planning to get a Chromebook because of the same reason. My biggest reason is I don't want Google on my personal laptop, which I use for my personal business. I have few friends and business partners and they are hard core Google service users. Whenever I communicate with them, I use Gmail and GTalk. For rest of the time I am using currently iPad as my travel companion to read and surf, but will be changing to Surface RT for variety of reasons.
        Ram U
      • Thank you very much.

        I am also planning to get a Chromebook because of the same reason. My biggest reason is I don't want Google on my personal laptop, which I use for my personal business. I have few friends and business partners and they are hard core Google service users. Whenever I communicate with them, I use Gmail and GTalk. For rest of the time I am using currently iPad as my travel companion to read and surf, but will be changing to Surface RT for variety of reasons.
        Ram U
  • Value proposition

    Do you think maybe the fact that they have to pay you to take them off their hands means that's the only way you get your money's worth?
    FDanconia
    • pretty much

      Isn't it great how the new normal has worked out so well so far?
      HypnoToad72
    • Value!

      Adding value isn't making something less valuable. I think if you really look at it youll see what I mean.
      Tyson Kemp