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Right after the release of the new Chromebook Brad of Liliputing captured his initial impressions in this video. As with the 1st generation Samsung Chromebook he takes a critical look at the successor.
Brad confirms that the new model is fast, it boots and resumes from sleep mode incredibly quickly and feels light-years ahead of the Series 5 Chromebook that launched in the summer of 2011.
He also notes a number of changes to the operating system, including a desktop view displaying a list of apps and the ability to open two browser windows side by side.
In his conclusion Brad acknowledges significant improvements to both hardware and software but still doesn't see a reason why someone should buy a Chromebook, when a similarly priced Windows laptop is perfectly capable of running the Chrome web browser.
Chrome OS is certainly limited compared to other operating systems, but if it suffices for what you want to do aspects like speed, security, no manual update hassles and device synchronization may be more important than the ability to do stuff you don't do anyway. What do you think?