Test drive a (free) Google Chrome-48 notebook

December 7th, 2010

Google is looking for some people who “Live on the Web” to take part in a pilot program for their new Chrome-48 notebook. If you are accepted, you get a free Chrome notebook in return for providing feedback.

“We have a limited number of Chrome notebooks to distribute, and we need to ensure that they find good homes. That’s where you come in. Everything is still very much a work in progress, and it’s users, like you, that often give us our best ideas about what feels clunky or what’s missing. So if you live in the United States, are at least 18 years old, and would like to be considered for our small Pilot program, please fill this out. It should take about 15 minutes. We’ll review the requests that come in and contact you if you’ve been selected. This application will be open until 11:59:59 PM PST on December 21, 2010.”

The Cr-48’s features are said to include:

  • 12-inch display
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and 3G service via Verizon
  • Full-sized keyboard w/o function keys
  • Oversized clickable touchpad
  • ~3.8 pounds
  • Solid state hard drive
  • Eight hours of active usage with a week of standby power

See Google Chrome OS site for details and to apply.