Report: Google to Rent $20 Chrome OS Laptops to Students

Students soon could be working on Chrome OS laptops for $20 per month, if the rumors coming out of Google I/O are true. According to Forbes, the fee will provide students with a laptops pre-loaded with Chrome OS as well as access to “online services”. It’s not clear what those services might include, or what specs the laptop might include. It’s also not clear if that $20 would cover both the laptop and the services. We wonder if the laptop in question would be a Cr-48 Chrome Netbook, or one of the rumored systems being developed by Acer, ASUS, or Sony. And it might be a safe bet to assume the services would be Google Apps (currently $50 a year for businesses) and Gmail (currently free). Forbes’ unnamed “senior Google executive” also claimed knowledge that a replacement for Google Gears is close to release. Also among the unanswered questions: Will students be willing to pay $20 a month to rent a cloud-based notebook, or will they prefer to own a regular laptop outright? What do you think?

Via Forbes

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Anna Attkisson
Anna Attkisson
A lover of lists and deadlines, Anna Attkisson covers apps, social networking, tablets, chromebooks and accessories. She loves each of her devices equally, including the phablet, three tablets, three laptops and desktop. She joined the Laptop Mag staff in 2007, after working at Time Inc. Content Solutions where she created custom publications for companies from American Express to National Parks Foundation.
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  1. josh Says:

    at $20 bucks a month I’d pick one up to mess around with. But i’m guessing there are some rules about having it for so long? Otherwise I could see people getting it, and sending it back right away. Then the cost of restocking them and cleaning them up would probably make the program less sustainable.

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