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I can't imagine using something this fancy without wiping out the toy OS and installing Ubuntu Linux instead.

One thing that struck me is that The Verge's full-column warning (partially embedded below) about the clickwrap contracts the user must agree to just to start the machine. These are commonplace with gadgets, but rarely in such great numbers or with such hostile presentation. The reviewer writes they were unable to read them.

Tech companies have turned Linux into a transmission vector for adhesion contracts that are virtually impossible to read. To think, they used to complain that the GPL was a virus!

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Samsung Galaxy Chromebook: Is the Ultimate Chrome OS Platform...

  • Samsung Galaxy Chromebook: Is the Ultimate Chrome OS Platform Worth the Price?

    The Samsung Galaxy Chromebook is now available to buy -- but the US$999 price tag for its one-of-a-kind configuration may cause an internal struggle between want and need.

    Samsung introduced its high-end Galaxy Chromebook at CES 2020 in Las Vegas early this year. The company positioned it as the flagship Chromebook to meet potential demand for a more useful and powerful multipurpose premium mobile device.

    The Galaxy Chromebook is an ultra premium 2-in-1 laptop running Google's Chrome OS. It ships with a durable aluminum body, the latest 10th Gen Intel Core i5 processor, and a 13.3-inch 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) touchscreen.

    The Galaxy Chromebook enters a market packed with laptops that are getting thinner and faster each year. However, its appearance no doubt is ill-timed, given the COVID-19 pandemic. Only time will tell if the Galaxy Chromebook's premium build and high-end specs will make it essential for consumers and businesses.

    The comparative advantage to buying Chromebooks is usually their better battery life and more economical price -- but not so much with this device, which functions as a clamshell laptop and swings into tablet mode via a set of 360-degree hinges.

    Despite the Galaxy Chromebook's stunning aesthetics, Mercury Gray or bold Fiesta Red color options, and packed configuration, it is up against two potentially demanding competitors -- The Google Pixelbook and the Asus Chromebook Flip C436, according to reviewers.

    Should serious Chrome OS users buy into this new unit? Generally speaking, no way, said Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT.

    "Serious Chromebook users tend to focus on Web-based processes and applications that don't require a ton of compute power or storage capacity, and have a strong preference for low-cost products with high-quality mobility features," he told TechNewsWorld.

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