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With Intel Haswell-powered Chromebooks, Chrome OS becoming a worthy competitor to Windows

When I first wanted to get my hands on a Chromebook, it was because I was attracted to it by three factors: Slim design, amazing keyboard, and superior battery life. Unless we’re talking about an ultrabook here, the battery life of Chromebook at its price point ($249 for Samsung Series 3) is the best. To me, battery life is more important than anything else.  Because most of my work consists of researching on the web and writing informative articles and news.

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I didn’t opt in for Chromebook because a second generation of Samsung Chromebook was not likely to be announced this year. Also, Intel’s Haswell processors hit the market by the time I was badly in need of a laptop. Haswell has the ultimate benefit that I’ve been looking for in a laptop: low power consumption resulting in longer battery life.

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Now, someone must have dreamed of Chromebooks equipped with Intel Haswell processors. Chromebooks already power superior battery life. If equipped with Haswell processor, Chromebook will surely give out insane battery backup; perhaps more than Macbook Air’s insane 12 hours.

Fortunately for us who want an ultra portable laptop at a budget, Google just announced its new generation of Chromebooks that are equipped with Intel Haswell processors.

A fresh mix of Chromebooks

In the International Developer Forum (IDF) keynote on Wednesday, Intel’s Doug Fisher and Google’s well-known head of Chrome and Android Sundar Pichai unveiled the new devices. HP and Acer have built new Chromebooks while two more partners have joined in. One of them is Toshiba, who built a new Chromebook, while the other one is Asus that has come up with a Chromebox for those in need.

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All of these new Chromebooks and Chromebox is equipped with Intel’s new Haswell processors that are best known (and wanted) for less power consumption resulting in serious battery life increase.

Neither Google or Intel said anything about the specific hardware information or pricing and availability of these newly unveiled Chrome OS devices. But Google did publish a blog post from its official Chrome blog with information on how Chromebooks are making people’s lives better and leaving a positive impact on sub-$300 laptop market, including students.

It’s time to do serious work with Chromebook

When Chrome OS was first released, the idea sounded ridiculous and many believed that it will fail like many other Google projects. But it lasted, and it’s still getting stronger with every passing month. Last week, Google announced Chrome apps “For Your Desktop” that act and work as standalone apps, though installed through Chrome browser, and has the ability to work without an internet connection. Popular apps such as Pocket has already started to jump in because they can sense there’s a good future in Chrome.

Intel’s VP Doug Fisher promises that the new Haswell-powered Chromebooks can offer 15 percent more battery backup and 50 percent performance jump compared to the previous generation of Chromebooks that had either ARM or Intel Atom processors, both of which are less powerful in every comparison with Haswell chips.

Chromebooks have a future in the low-priced laptop industry. I wouldn’t be too excited with Chromebox, but Chromebooks are really great for portability and getting things done. My computer life mostly circles around Chrome and Microsoft Word. And Google is experimenting with the ability to edit Word and Excel files inside Chrome on Chrome OS.

The Chrome apps that can work offline is Google’s first soon-to-be-successful attempt at getting people ready to live inside a Chrome OS interface right under the nose of Microsoft. As Pocket and many more will jump into making Chrome Apps, suddenly we’ll find ourselves in the ecosystem of Chrome Apps. And that’s exactly when we’ll no longer have a problem with switching to Chromebooks. And trust me, that day is coming.

What do you think about Chromebook? There’s nothing to say about new Chromebooks until more details emerge, but what do you think of the future of these devices? Can they win average Windows and Mac users?

4 comments

  1. Yeah, I think finally, Google is in the right direction. They have targetted desktop users. They may soon release Chrome OS for Desktop to install in our regular PCs. 🙂

    I’d love with loads of offline apps that can be used for productivity. However, the SSD size should be minimum 128GB for storing other personal data. Currently Chromebooks are shipping with only 16GB SSD which I don’t think make sense.

    1. I don’t think Google will succeed on desktop computers because in my opinion desktop computers are meant for heavy-lifting work. 😉 For laptop, especially for travelers, Chromebook just seems to get the job done. And these new Chromebooks are just so sexy… http://www.livewithg.com/2013/09/12/hp-chromebook-14-at-299/

      I think Google will someday offer more SSD at increased price. I hope they offer to upgrade SSD size later, too, just like we can replace our current laptop hard disks with SSD.

      1. Chromebooks are so good. But Sexy doesn’t mean it’ll do your work properly. For that, you need some real productivity apps. DESKTOP CLASS app. Besides, Google’s Chrome OS VP strongly said that “We are targetting desktop users”
        So maybe, they will release Chrome OS for desktop soon.

      2. Of course, they aren’t yet perfect for total work. That’s why I wrote “When we’re in the Chrome App ecosystem, that’s when we’ll have no problem to move to a Chromebook for most work.” 🙂

        And Google’s primary target with Chromebook is Education (students) and average home users.

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