Cr-48 Chrome Notebook Review

I got the cr-48 Google Chrome OS notebook on Monday, two weeks after I saw the 'Test drive a cr-48’ notice in Chrome.

tl;dr review: The Cr-48 is great for web apps. Slick. Flash, JavaScript render really fast. Boots up in < 3s. Wakes up in an instant. Very light-weight.


The web seems snappier on my notebook. JavaScript and Flash render faster than on my laptop (which has a 2GHz 64-bit processor and 3GB RAM). The cr-48 notebook plays HD YouTube videos really well. HD videos do not break up like they do on my laptop sometimes.

Battery life

The battery lasts for over 8 hours of usage. I play YouTube videos, songs etc and still the battery lasts for at least 8 hours at a time. The battery does not lose much power on standby. I use it for 2 days without charging 4 hours per day.


The chrome notebook just has a browser and a terminal in normal mode. So the notebook is intended for usage of web-apps only. There are some chrome notebook specific web apps in the chrome web store like G-Talk. You can not install any other applications. But it’s alright. Most of the apps I use are ...

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