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74 Global Score
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.
74

A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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"The Google Cr-48 is a promising laptop that easily sparks excitement from anyone who sees it, but it ultimately fails to impress after you spend some time using it."
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74 Global Score
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.
74

A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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User Reviews

90
Engadget Reader
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
90
Engadget Reader
The Cr-48 continues to be supported by Google with updates to the OS. For a...read more
80
Engadget Reader
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
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Score Breakdown

 
70
Average Critic Score
 
70
Ubergizmo
Google Chrome OS and the Cr-48 are very interesting to play with and to learn from (Microsoft should learn a thing or two as well), but the real question is: will they give you a meaningful computing experience? It’s either a hit or miss, and to be honest, it will be a miss for most people.
 
70
Engadget
It represents the infancy of a series of products that will be very real and probably pretty well priced.
 
70
NotebookReview
The Google Cr-48 is a promising laptop that easily sparks excitement from anyone who sees it, but it ultimately fails to impress after you spend some time using it.
 
70
SlashGear
It's going to take time to get used to seeing the notebook as merely a window to the cloud, but the Cr-48 certainly has us curious. ... As a concept it has clear strengths, but Google has plenty to do before the full Chrome OS launch next year to make the platform a realistic competitor.
 
70
Laptop Magazine
All of that said, Chrome OS netbooks have the potential to be good content consumption devices, provided you’re comfortable with all your content living in the cloud.
 
60
Computer Shopper
This prototype design represents the shape of things to come for Chrome OS devices: super-speedy power-ups, long battery life, and apps and data that live in the cloud.
 
80
The Next Web
If you’re like us, working primarily on the Internet via cloud-based operations, then the Chrome OS is a dream. Low overhead, high function and massive battery life are a must for Cloud-based computers and even our test platform handles this like a dream.