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Google must have a lot of unsold Chrome OS devices lying around, because it has launched an unusual new scheme to get them into customers' hands. Beginning on Wednesday, customers can rent the boot-to-browser machines on a month-to-month basis for as long as three years or as little as a single month. According to a blog post by …

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/yawn.....

A computer that you can only surf the web on....... They are called Mobile phones & most of us have them now.

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Re: /yawn.....

You can do a lot more on mobile phones these days.

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£30 a month?

That's £360 a year of over £1000 over three years so where is the benefit in that?

A business could buy a Dell Inspiron for less than half that, add a three year on site warranty for £120 and stiill save over £600.

Not only that but you can use the Dell anywhere and don't need a continual web connection.

Hire one? NUTS.

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Re: £30 a month?

$30 was it?

But either way I'd agree that most can buy a whole laptop (or netbook) with service and insurance for that too. Granted, £350/$350 may not get you much of a laptop, but it will be comparable to Googles offer.

The crux of the matter is, both a Windows box and a Google Box have similar software/hardware costs. It's only down to who want's to subsidize it the most or what features it offers. Frankly, I expect MS to give the better options for now.

I just don't like dumb terminals. :P

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Re: £30 a month?

"That's £360 a year of over £1000 over three years so where is the benefit in that?"

If you only want it for 1-2 months, of course.

That's kind of the target market.

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Re: £30 a month?

£350 will get you a very decent laptop. In fact I had an email just this morning about dell vostro 3550 i3/4g/320gb for £319+VAT. If you can compromise on the i3 then <£300+VAT is possible.

In fact you can buy a gaming laptop for <£400 if you look for an Asus 5560G (RUREC.001 so that you get the crossfire laptop with dedicated HD 7670).

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> That's £360 a year of over £1000 over three years so where is the benefit in that?

Two benefits:

1. You're not committed to a three year deal. You want it for a month, you use it for a month, you pay for a month, you give it back.

2. You don't need to invest $900 up-front, which is handy if you don't have much cash, especially if you're, say, a small business taking on a few temporary employees during a busy season.

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Thanks but no thanks

I'll stick to paying once for a machine that I can do anything with, rather than a limited machine that I've got to end up paying alot more than paying once would cost me.

$30 x 12 x 3 years = $1080 (likely with a ton in tax added on top of that)

Whereas I can get a brand new and "do anything with" machine for a single cost of around $478 (depending on spec), and that machine isn't restricted as far as the OS/browser I want on it either (as the "do anything with" implies).

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Read. More. Carefully.

It is 12*30 for the first year, then 12*25 for the second, then 12*20 for the third, for a grand total of $900. Of course, that's still $400 too much...

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If (and I suspect it is a huge if) they do what you need and replace a PC then that's probably a good price - I'd expect it to beat TCO of a PC quite easily.

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Re: Thanks but no thanks

1 month x $30 = $30.

You're claiming it's financially un-viable based on the wrong target market. It a similar fashion, it's not very good value to buy a new car if you only need it for a month. Instead, you rent one.

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Chromebrick

For about few cents, you can buy a brick and just pretend the net connection is down.

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Confusing title.

Google will be renting out Chromebooks, not renting Chromebooks. Or perhaps even leasing them.

"Renting" without the "out" suggests that Google is paying $30 a month to hire them.

B+ for effort.

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Free is too much

Even if they were lending them for free I still have absolutely no need or want for one, it does nothing that either my phone or my laptop provide

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Pay for?

To have adverts pumped at me? Too mucking futch. I thought Goog's model was the opposite.

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Nope, still don't want one

So they're still trying to flog a terrible idea then.

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Re: Nope, still don't want one

No no, they're now trying to lease a terrible idea.

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Chromebooks are ideal...

...for tech bloggers, basically. Everyone else alas can't *quite* do everything in a browser, even if the browser does have a day-long battery life (or whatever these machines have).

Unless you're a blogging startup I can't see many companies jumping on this offer.

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Not a chance

I Wouldn't even give them a fiver a month for one.

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As much as I like the idea of a dedicated online netbook that's been really simply designed by Google, and as nice as those new Samsung Chromebooks look, they're still riduculously overpriced.

With Google selling the Nexus 7 for £159, why should a Chromebook cost any more than £200?

If these were priced at £150 I reckon they'd do well.

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