16 Jun '11, 9pm

A laptop with its head in the cloud - TODAYonline

NEW YORK - You can say all kinds of nice things about Google's Chromebook laptop concept. You can say it's ahead of its time. Or that it's thinking way, way outside the box. Or that, as failures go, at least this one swung for the fences. At the heart of the Chromebook concept is that a laptop doesn't need a hard drive. Doesn't need programs on it. Doesn't need Windows or Mac OS X. Doesn't need a desktop, files or folders. Everything you need is online, so all the laptop needs is a Web browser. It's a sexy idea. No hard drive? That means no moving parts, long battery life (8.5 hours a charge) and lighter weight (1.5kg). The first one to go on sale yesterday in the America, the Samsung Series 5, has only a 16-gigabyte SSD drive - basically a big memory chip, like on the iPad or iPhone. No Windows? That means no viruses or spyware. No serial numbers or copy protection. No pa...

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