updated 03:25 pm EDT, Fri July 15, 2011
Two Chromebooks are in Amazon Top 10 list
Notebooks preloaded with Google's Chrome OS are still doing quite well on Amazon's top 10 notebook sales list, when compared to Apple's MacBook Pros and Windows 7-powered notebooks. On Thursday evening, Acer's $349 11.6-inch AC700 Chromebook with Wi-Fi sat at number four on the e-retailer's notebook bestseller list, with Samsung's $499, 12.1-inch Series 5 3G Chromebook rounding out the top ten. Topping the list is Toshiba's Portege R835-P56x powered by Windows 7.
Chrome is cloud-based, however, so it needs a constant Internet connection, unlike the competitors. This scheme does have some inherent benefits, however, such as constant updates and the need for minimal hardware. As such, costs can be kept lower in this case as well.
The Acer and Samsung Chromebooks have Intel's dual-core 1.66GHz Intel Atom processor, 2GB of RAM, a 16GB solid-state drive, a webcam, and USB 2.0 ports in common. They also get Wi-Fi but can be had with built-in 3G as well. [via CNET]