Google Launches the $249 ARM-based Chrome Book

File-It-Under: Google Notebooks By: D.F.Skinner

What do you do when you want to build an cost effective laptop at a price point of $249? You launch a Chrome book of course,and that's actually Google has done.Yesterday Google released the latest iteration of the Chrome laptop at a $249 retail price, a Samsung built Chromebook to be exact.The biggest draw to the Chromebook is its hardware,pretty impressive hardware at that,it comes with a  ARM based processor (a dual-core A15 Samsung Exynos 5 Dual 5250 SoC), 2GB of RAM, 16GB of built-in flash storage,WiFi a/b/g/n with Bluetooth connectivity,add up all the impressive hardware you have a Chromebook that is much faster than the previous models.Other hardware specs you need to pay attention to is a 1366 x 768 display resolution that is capable of supporting 1080p playback video,one USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 sockets,a combo headphone-Mic jack,and finally an SD card slot.The design of the Chromebook takes on a Mac Airish design at 11.6 inches,0.8 inches in thickness and weighs only 2.4 pounds,it has a full size Chrome keyboard.

Pre-orders for the Chromebook have already started ( yesterday to be exact) at Amazon and PC World,the new Chromebook will be packaged with Google Now integration that'll use Google Drive as a transport and will come with 100GB of free storage for the next two years.If you log on Google Play Store you'll see the new Chromebook ready for sell and, it is already being featured at Best Buy.That being said,would you purchase the new Chromebook?Impressive hardware,beautifully built,is the $249 price enough to make you run order this impressive looking laptop?