Saturday, 14 May 2011

Technology: Chromebook

A lot of recent press hasn't been praising the Chromebook...

I can see the point to their argument, too. However, I think that there's more Google-bashing for its own sake going on here than real substance. Yes, the Chromebook won't miraculously replace every single laptop, netbook, and desktop on the planet (which is what most of the criticism feels like, at least to me). It may not even replace the majority. And with the currently announced prices (and WiFi and 3G coverage) it probably most certainly can't. But IMHO, that's almost beside the point. The real question here is are there enough people, and more importantly companies, to make business sense selling them the Chromebooks. And I think the answer to that is a resounding YES - especially when it comes to companies. Some obvious examples have been mentioned, e.g. call centres. There must be enough of those to make a good business case for Chromebook. And there's loads of other scenarios that could happily see a Chromebook, limited as it is, fit the bill just nicely - and for $28 a month, too, which is way cheaper than most current options. Also remember, neither Google, nor the companies building Chromebooks have them as a sole business. What's wrong with a nice additional money spinner? Not everyone has to rule the world! And then, for people with more money than sense (like your truly here) a Chromebook can be a nice gadget to take places where you may be afraid it will get stolen. You lose the hardware (which your travel insurance should cover, anyway), but none of the data. Nice!

So, here's hoping Google doesn't give up on the idea. I think it's the right one...