Cloud-Based Chromebook For Rent

Google never sleeps. After announcing a new cloud-based music locker service earlier this week, the search giant has now revealed plans to offer an ultra cheap laptop based on its Chrome operating system as soon as June 15. The new device can be rented by students for just $20, or others at $28 month. The new “Chromebooks” will be manufactured by Acer and Samsung.

Features include an 8 second boot time, built in Wi-Fi and 3G wireless. 3G models will include 100 MB per month of free mobile data from Verizon. What makes the Chromebook unique is that it contains no apps or storage, all functions are performed in the cloud. An advantage is that the Chromebook can be shared among various users. Each user simply logs in to access their own data and files. Due to cloud based operating system all apps stay up to date automatically.

One drawback to the device is that its functionality is dependent upon having an online connection. As Google warns, “Obviously, you’re going to need a wireless network, be willing to use it subject to the provider’s terms and conditions, and be ready to put up with its real life limitations including, for example, its speed and availability. When you do not have network access, functionality that depends on it will not be available.”

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