Open Chromebook laptopIsn’t this what we were waiting for? A Chromebook that has all the yummy goodness the earlier Chromebook Series 5 models have to offer, but then for an acceptable price? I think that’s exactly what most of us were waiting for, and that’s precisely what Google delivered with the Chromebook Series 3.

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“It’s the best laptop that’s ever been designed at this price,” said senior vice president Sundar Pichai, “We really want users to think about this as one extra computer for your kitchen counter, one near the bed, maybe a computer for your kids or family.”

With that Sundar positions the Chromebook much the same as their tablet. Earlier this year Google shook up the tablet market by introducing the Nexus 7 Android tablet. A pure vanilla 7 inch tablet. As we now all know the latter one is selling like hot cakes,  not just here in the US but in Europe as well. It looks like Google took notice of that and is trying to replicate that success, or at least the strategy, by introducing a budget-friendly Chromebook.

All the big tech blogs jumped on the story with reviews that are all surprisingly positive. The old ‘but what good is computer you can’t do half the stuff with it you can on a mac or pc’ rhetoric has faded now that cloud computing is getting more common and has been replaced by a more open stance. They did however focus on what the greater public finds interesting, but passed over gold nuggets like the Chromebooks ability to take over your (a) Windows or Mac machine with the ease of a click. For those you need to watch the video.

Review Highlights

After using the new Samsung Chromebook for the better part of a workday, I have to say I’m impressed — at least, considering the constraints of its price tag. – review by CNET

Google laid out the next step of its Chromebook effort on Thursday by introducing a thin, light, Samsung-built laptop attached to a killer number. – review by CNN

I asked Pichai if the machine will look like a tablet alternative, and he said that it will in some cases — the fact that it has a real keyboard makes it a more practical choice in many scenarios. review by Time Techland

The new Samsung Chromebook is based an ARM chip (rather than Intel) which could help to explain the lower cost… only this particular ARM chip may perform better than most any we’ve seen before. It’s a Exynos 5 Dual processor, which makes it the very first device to use ARM’s new Cortex-A15 architecture. review by The Verge