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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.

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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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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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82
Average user Score
 
90
Engadget Reader
02.04.13
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
90
Engadget Reader
07.11.12
The Cr-48 continues to be supported by Google with updates to the OS. For a beta device that was offered for free about a year ago, it's impressive. However, a single-core Intel Atom N455 processor hobbles the speed and the amount of websites you can load up on it. The chiclet keyboard is great to use. The trackpad is decent, two-finger scrolling is possible, but it jumps at times, which sucks when you're typing something and all of a sudden it starts typing elsewhere.The Cr-48 is meant to be used exclusively on the Internet. There is no such thing as an offline for this laptop, which may be good or bad depending on your needs. Google Docs is not a replacement for Microsoft Office though. The web apps may not a be a good replacement to the established software on a Mac or Windows either. However, I see students flocking to this because it has automatic updates, long-term support, and it's cheaper than a Windows and Mac computer, but also stronger than a netbook. The matter material makes it the best feeling laptop I've ever held. Considering that this was a free laptop I received from Google, I have no major complaints towards the laptop itself. It does what it needs to do and it's good at it.
 
80
Engadget Reader
06.11.12
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
 
80
Engadget Reader
04.07.12
The Cr-48 and Chrome OS changed the direction of modern computing. Although this is a non-branded test device it is made very well and in my opinion is better than most of the first generation consumer Chromebooks.It performs well and is an excellent secondary device. There is room for improvement especially with processing power and speed. Overall I love it and use it daily as a device to quickly get online via Wi-Fi or when I am on the go with 3G. It is built very sturdily and the soft feel casing and matte finish display make it enjoyable to use. Chrome OS is great and is getting better, but still has some work to go before it and the devices that use it can handle everything a full Windows or Mac laptop can do. If you can get one on the secondary market I would recommend picking it up. Just remember that it can not replace a full computer at this time, but it can still be a primary device depending on what you do. Chrome OS is always improving and testing different ideas. It is perfect for a techie, a 10 year old, and everyone in between.
 
70
Engadget Reader
02.19.12
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition. - Engadget
 
70
Engadget Reader
02.15.12
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition. - Engadget
 
80
Engadget Reader
01.31.12
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
 
80
Engadget Reader
01.14.12
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
 
100
Engadget Reader
12.10.11
I love it!
 
80
Engadget Reader
11.16.11
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget