blog Those of you who are interested in Google’s Chromebook web-based laptops may recall that as long ago as May 2011 the company and its partners Samsung and Acer were promising to bring a series of Chromebooks to Australia before Christmas that year. Well, to our knowledge, the trio never quite made it across the line to sell Chromebooks in Australia in either 2011 or 2012 (please correct me if I’m wrong). However, Google announced on its Australian blog this morning that 2013 is the year. Finally, Chromebooks are in Australia. The only problem is … will anyone actually want to buy them? We’re not really sure. In any case, the details:
“We’ve worked with our partners to make Chromebooks that are safe, easy to use, easy to share and affordable for everyone. The Samsung Chromebook ($349) and the Acer Chromebook ($299) are now available from select JB Hi-Fi and Harvey Norman stores and the HP Chromebook is on its way.”
To be honest, Google’s news wasn’t immediately greeted by the greatest of enthusiasm by prospective customers. Respondents on the search giant’s blog pointed out that Google and its manufacturers have applied a markup of about $100 on its Chromebook Australian prices — exactly the same behaviour which has landed vendors like Adobe, Apple and Microsoft in so much hot water with the Federal Government recently. Plus, some of the claimed retailers — notably JB Hi-Fi — are showing up as out of stock at the moment. Not great.
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