Testing Google’s Chrome OS Laptop

Update (Dec 21 evening, heh): The screen has auto-adjusting brightness. Which means it automatically turns brighter in a bright environment and auto-dims in darker environments.

A couple weeks ago, Google announced that they were giving away some laptops for people to test out their Chrome OS. This weekend, I received an unmarked package (suspicious, right?) and didn’t recall ordering anything recently. I had no idea what it was, but since it was addressed to me, I opened it up anyways. Inside, I found a box that had a diagram of a mouse and its rocket wheel invention?
Google Chrome Laptop Box

Anyhoo, inside was my free laptop! It’s Google’s Cr-48 Chrome notebook. I even tweeted about it and how it’s probably harvesting all my info and sending it back to the mother ship.

It almost looks like a macbook, but it’s black and has a soft rubberize exterior. I like it better than the slippery mac surfaces. Specs or boasted functionality?

  • 12″ display
  • 10 second boot time
  • instant on from standby/sleep
  • full-sized keyboard (with no caps lock key)
  • built-in wi-fi and Verizon 3G (free 100mb per month for 2 yrs.)
  • webcam
  • mic
  • 3.8 lbs
  • 8+ hrs of battery life

Here are some more pictures:
Google Chrome Laptop

The search key that replaced the caps lock key:
search key
Google Chrome laptop keyboard

I haven’t used it that much yet, but here are my initial thoughts:


  • Super-fast
  • Simplicity-clean black design, soft rubber coating
  • Browser keys along the top of the keyboard


  • Mousepad is REALLY hard to use–a challenge to right-click and impossible to drag-and-drop
  • Webcam quality is pretty poor
  • The power button is used to turn the machine off or switch users, but I can never get it to work properly. I always end up turning the computer off
  • No LED on keyboard keys (I guess that’s not too different from my Alienware)

There’s still time to get in on this if you don’t mind being a guinea pig. You have until 11:59:59 PM PST on December 21, 2010 to sign up.


Brad December 20, 2010 Reply


Will be great hearing more about it as you use spend more time with it in the future…

Chris (@lyteforce) December 20, 2010 Reply

I am so hoping that this trial makes its way to the great white north so I can give it a shot. It'd be nice to be on the cutting edge for once.. ;)

Matthew Ng December 20, 2010 Reply

I got mine last week too! I agree about the mousepad. Not the greatest. But I'm loving the laptop so far as a way to quickly check email and surf the web.

kimu December 21, 2010 Reply

holy cow, that is GEEKY! ;)

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