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  Reply # 705099 23-Oct-2012 13:51
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I am thinking of getting one via You Shop from Amazon, can someone confirm the power adapter will work with NZ voltage ok?
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  Reply # 705124 23-Oct-2012 14:30
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nakedmolerat:
ahmad: Is price the only advantage of these over a traditional 11.6" running (say) Windows 7?
No.

ChromeOS - everything is in the cloud. This laptop has limited use when not connected to the net.

What benefits/disadvantages between this and a similarly priced netbook?

I presume that these are also running low cost and possibly slow processors?



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  Reply # 705199 23-Oct-2012 16:56
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$350 netbooks would be painful I imagine, only one in that range I can find on pricespy is below with a Atom N2600, 10.1" 1024x600 display. The keyboard is most likely pretty average while the Chromebook's gets compared to those on Lenovo's ThinkPads
http://pricespy.co.nz/product.php?p=1457396

If you really only want to spend <$400 I don't see how people could look elsewhere. Unless of course you need Windows 7 for a very particular reason. Photoshop and other heavier tasks would be horrible on a netbook anyway


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  Reply # 705519 24-Oct-2012 09:46
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Would love to buy one through the Geekzone link but the new $249 one doesn't show up there (or in a regular search for chromebook).  At least for me with my NZ login - perhaps I'm doing it wrong.

Here's a link to one found via a US login.  Still won't ship to NZ.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009LL9VDG/ref=gno_cart_title_1


Anyone think these will hit retail shelves in NZ?  I was surprised to see the Nexus 7 did exactly that in a very short space of time.





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  Reply # 705769 24-Oct-2012 16:04
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^ I found that too, just go through Google's link from the Chromebook page

http://www.google.com/intl/en/chrome/devices/

I HIGHLY doubt these will make it to retail here, maybe some parallel importers will pick them up but don't expect them to be on Dick Smith, Noel Leeming, JB shelves

If you want one, combine Amazon and NZ Post's YouShop

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  Reply # 705773 24-Oct-2012 16:11
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vrtual: Would love to buy one through the Geekzone link but the new $249 one doesn't show up there (or in a regular search for chromebook).  At least for me with my NZ login - perhaps I'm doing it wrong.

Here's a link to one found via a US login.  Still won't ship to NZ.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009LL9VDG/ref=gno_cart_title_1


Anyone think these will hit retail shelves in NZ?  I was surprised to see the Nexus 7 did exactly that in a very short space of time.



You will have to ship to a NZ Post YouShop address and forward here.






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  Reply # 707185 26-Oct-2012 21:12
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Ouch sold out on Amazon already

some of early reviews looked pretty good




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  Reply # 707797 28-Oct-2012 10:37
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Very keen on one of these to use as a general family laptop - our Acer recently died.

I'm interested in feedback from anyone who manages to buy from Amazon -> freight-forward.

I wish our retailers would pick these up, I guess no margin and they would completely cannibalize low-end ($600+) laptops :( 

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  Reply # 707891 28-Oct-2012 13:48
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Crowbar: Very keen on one of these to use as a general family laptop - our Acer recently died.

I'm interested in feedback from anyone who manages to buy from Amazon -> freight-forward.

I wish our retailers would pick these up, I guess no margin and they would completely cannibalize low-end ($600+) laptops :( 


I've purchased from Amazon using a freight-forwarding company (Shipito), no issues. You do need to change your credit card address to the US address you are using though.




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  Reply # 710591 1-Nov-2012 19:55
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Wonder how long until (or IF) it will be available in Oz? Could make it worthwhile popping over for it and the Nexus 7 at the same time. (as couldn't otherwise order together, shipping both together exceeds the GST threshold)




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  Reply # 711685 4-Nov-2012 11:51
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I see the incredible rapid progress of mobile phone performance has spilled over into the laptop sector and Is pushing them to new heights. The very first example of that is the newest Chromebook which is the first device with the latest next generation of CPUs which will be powering our future superphones (none of the current phones on offer have it, but the Nexus 10 is powered by the same CPU and we will see phones next year powered by it too, maybe even by the end of this year). Thus we have now with the Chromebook a laptop bringing the low power, long battery, low heat & silent (no fans!) performance of cellphones to the laptop level.




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  Reply # 711724 4-Nov-2012 13:28
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NZtechfreak:
Crowbar: Very keen on one of these to use as a general family laptop - our Acer recently died.

I'm interested in feedback from anyone who manages to buy from Amazon -> freight-forward.

I wish our retailers would pick these up, I guess no margin and they would completely cannibalize low-end ($600+) laptops :( 


I've purchased from Amazon using a freight-forwarding company (Shipito), no issues. You do need to change your credit card address to the US address you are using though.


NZTechfreak, will you be doing a review? I am keen to have perhaps have another laptop floating around for the kids. 




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  Reply # 712089 5-Nov-2012 10:13
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Anyone that is getting theirs through a freight forwarder could you please post the dimensions of the package?

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