Review: Google's $199 Laptop Is a Champ

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Reviewing a Google Chromebook is like reviewing a General Motors' (GM) Chevrolet Volt: You end up with hundreds of comments where 99% of those who comment have never used the product, but . . . they are 100% sure that the product sucks. It's just like the iPhone reviews from the Summer of 2007.

The bottom line is that if you use your laptop to surf the Web, process your Gmail, work in Google Docs and want to do securely and with no maintenance or administrative hassle, a Chromebook is for you. Whether you should pick the $199 version, $249 version or the $449 version is up to you. In my book, all of these Chromebooks get very close to a perfect 10.0 on a 10.0 scale, all in relation to their price, of course.

The biggest tax hike in memory is coming. Can you afford not to make your next PC a Google PC?

At the time of submitting this article, the author was long AAPL, GOOG and MSFT.

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