You could lose 25 notebooks in a row, but your data is always going to be safe. That’s the line Google will try to sell with the Chrome Notebook. I love this video. I just wished I could see all 25 notebooks destroyed. The guys at Google must have had fun making this video.
I assume the notebook being featured is the CR-48 that we’ve all heard about. The first accident was quite humorous. They dropped a cup of coffee, a toaster, and even the kitchen sink! Hilarious. Freezing the laptop in nitrogen and ramming a spike through it, was entertaining. Incinerating it in high heat was ok.
Based on what I’ve seen, I think I’ll wait for the second generation of Chrome OS notebooks that could withstand coffee spills, ice cream meltdowns, kitchen sinks, freezing nitrogen and intense heat.
This video shows the Chrome OS main selling point, that everything is going to be in the cloud in the future. Your data is always going to be safe and accessible from any computer, laptop, or any computer running a different OS, since everything is going to be based in the cloud.
In a few years, network connectivity is not going to be an issue since I predict most devices, including computers will have built-in broadband support.
Intel just came out with its latest Atom processor for the popular netbooks, the Atom N450 which comes with it’s own built-in graphics processor. In addition, the power consumption for these processors are down by 20 percent, operating at only 5.5 watts in idle mode. These processors will power the next generation of netbooks. Not only will the latest Atom be good for the environment, it will also be good for design, that’s one less chip to deal with. Netbooks will most likely continue to sell. Sales is up this year at a whopping 264%.
An estimated 200 million units of notebooks will be shipped in 2010. Of the 200 million units, an estimated 25% or 50 million units are going to be netbooks. Microsoft may deem netbook sales insignificant, but 25% of the notebook market is a big deal.
Canalys, a leading market research firm details their netbooks report:
The PC industry is undergoing a more dramatic transformation than seen at any time in the last 15 years. The netbook category was invented as recently as 18 months ago by the likes of Asus and Acer and is the only PC segment enjoying growth this year. The impact of netbooks has been profound.
It has forced Microsoft to fend off a threat from Linux by reducing its operating system prices and to continue promoting its aging XP brand. Netbooks have dramatically lowered industry price points, attracting new categories of consumer buyers.
Furthermore, hard-pressed PC vendors have been forced to cut their operating costs to have any chance of turning a profit. The biggest change of all has been the success the telcos have had in selling subsidised 3G netbooks, emulating the mobile phone business model.
The market shares of PC vendors are changing rapidly on the back of their willingness to commit to the netbook category and their agility in chasing these new, substantial telco deals.
Read the rest of Canalys’ report.
Is Microsoft being threatened? By Linux, Google or Netbooks? Conz of ZDNet.CO.UK brings an interesting angle as to what could potentially cut down Microsoft’s margins. With netbook prices continuing to drop, I can’t imagine anyone other than a serious business user to plonk down a couple grand to buy a laptop if a cheaper alternative is available. My gut feeling is netbooks are going to be ubiquitous since they are portable, cheap and are adequately powered. They perform most of the basic functions most people do such as checking email, browsing, creating documents, spreadsheets and even watching movies in some ocassion. You may not be able to play the power hungry and graphic intensive computer games on the netbook, but most people who buy netbooks want only basic functionality. It will be interesting to see if Microsoft’s profits are squeezed out in the netbook market.