Chromebook pricing reduced to 299

first_imgIf you have been wanting to get your hands on one of Google’s “nothing but the web” Chromebooks, but couldn’t justify the expense, it may be time to reconsider. Google announced yesterday that it has been working with both Acer and Samsung to lower prices on current models of the Chrome OS webtop computers. Instead of a starting price point of $349, you now only have to shell out $299 for the starter unit offered by Acer. With a sub $300 price tag, a Chromebook looks mighty appealing to put under the tree for yourself or a loved one.Having been received with mixed reviews, the Chromebook is the product of the CR-48 program that Google launched last year. Giving out some 10,000 free laptops, they had users help to polish the system before its official release at last year’s I/O developer conference. Most of the criticism pointed at the unit deals with the question of whether or not the market is ready for a totally cloud based computing device. Chrome OS is intended to allow users to bring all of their work into the cloud using the various web apps that Google has developed and offers free to the general public.As an owner of a CR-48, I have to say that I love using Chrome OS for my daily tasks. It’s a great unit because of the instant-on features as well as the portability of my email and documents since they are based in the cloud rather on a specific device. Learning that a laptop no longer needs storage presents a bit of a learning curve, but really it’s freeing to not have to switch files around constantly to whatever terminal I am using at the time.Along with the price reduction, Samsung has announced a piano black version of its Series 5 WiFi Chromebook for $349, just in time for the start of holiday shopping season. To pick one up you can go to online retailers like Amazon, with the prices already having been reduced by the time you read this.Read more at Google’s official bloglast_img read more