I got an email from Google on Dec 7, 2010 asking if I wanted to signup for the Chrome Notebook beta program. Well yes... So two months went by and I had almost forgotten about it, till this past Tuesday Feb 8, 2011 when I got home from work there it was sitting in my driveway waiting for me. First I have to say thank you Google, I love it. For the past year or more I've told several people that my next computer would be a laptop and it would not be running windows. I did not know if it would be Google Chrome OS or Android, I have to say as much as I love Chrome on my Windows PC, I love my Android more, but sometimes you just need a real keyboard and mouse. Well as it turned out it was actually an Apple MacBook... Ya... can you believe it? Cause everyone knows I hate Apple. The MacBook came in just a few days before the Chrome NoteBook. Now I love my Chrome and all things Google, but I hate to say it... as much as I hate Apple, I do not hate my MacBook, but enough about Apple and the MacBook, lets talk chrome. The Google Chrome Cr-48 Notebook is small light and clean. It has a 12 inch screen, a flat black finish and no stickers. The keyboard has all the keys you need and none of the keys you do not need. It has both wi-fi and 3G. It has all the security you need so everyone in the house can have your own account, and a guest account for when someone stops by. Chrome runs just as good if not better than on a windows PC. It boots and shuts down in seconds not minutes. The screen is bright. I love it.
Well it is beta, and I have had a few issues. Not with Google Chrome OS so to speak, but with the touch pad and multi-touch scrolling, and a bit with editing in my blog and an email. I'm not sure whats my fault and whats not. Remember this is a beta unit and Google is still working things.
I'm having problems with two finger multi-touch scrolling, but a mouse works so I do not think its Chrome OS as much as the touch pad or the touch pad driver, and I've already reported the issue to google.
Next issue and I'm not sure if this is Chrome, WordPress, or what but as I edit and fix type-os my cursor jumps and I find myself typing in the wrong spot. It does not happen a lot, but its happened more than a few times. Am I touching the wrong key or the touch pad while typing? I'm not sure yet, or is it WordPress?
Anyway I will figure it out, and I will let you know how things go.
Update: Google fixed all my Google Chrome OS issues with a software update. The touch pad now works as expected. The Google Chrome Laptop running Google Chrome OS is my favorite device. I really have no need for any other computer in the house.
Update May 2015
I bought a new Chromebook from HP, refurbished with 200 meg of free 3g for life. This is now my primary computer at the office, because with so much online I still almost never use windows anymore.