NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- What was the biggest cost of owning that laptop or personal computer you've had for the last three years? Was it the price you paid ($500 or $2,000), the software you bought or was it that $299 warranty?
Most likely it was none of the above. It was time.
Let's add it all up, shall we?
You have to figure out which updates to do versus which to decline. Then download them. Then install. Then reboot. You probably spend at least 15 minutes per week doing this. That's 13 hours per year.
The Actual Laptop: It's A Samsung!Let me turn to the actual hardware for a moment. One year ago, Samsung launched its first Chromebook. It had a good 12.1-inch screen and keyboard, and under the hood was a dual-core Intel (INTC) Atom central processing unit. The only serious problem with the device was that the CPU simply didn't have the horsepower for audio/video processing beyond a certain -- too low -- level.
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