Price is a very important consideration for Chrome OS. Becuase it’s a different way of using a personal computer one has to wonder how much a Google-sanctioned device with Chrome will cost. With Apple dominating the mobile gadget market with the iPad and several other rival tablets costing much higher than that, there is potential for cloud-based machines to capture the gadget market below $499.
Netbooks today are generally cheaper than $499, and Asus, who is rumored to be planning a netbook that replaces Windows with a Google OS, currently offers an Intel Atom machine that costs around $310. Take away the Microsoft licensing on that gadget, and you have a latop that may cost around $275 or so.
I think that’s really the best price area for debuting Chrome OS laptops to try to debut in. However, the Asus machine I’m referring to is a bit small by Google’s standards since they have said that they would ideally like to see laptops with full keyboards and larger screens in the 12-13″ size range.
That would require some extra cost, so it’s safe to say that a Chrome OS latop would probably cost around $300 retail. That is a price higher than a smartphone, less than a tablet and a better alternative to Windows netbooks. The question is if hardware manufacturers will be able to balance quality while charging a price that allows them to make money.
What’s the price range that would entice you to buy a Chrome OS PC?