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Google Ups the Ante: $199 Laptop

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- What is the first word that should come to mind when you hear Google (GOOG - Get Report)? The correct answer is price.

Some examples:
  • Smartphone: The $349 SIM-unlocked, contract-free, Nexus 4, which goes on sale today, undercuts the equivalent Apple (AAPL - Get Report) iPhone 5 by $300, or almost 50%.
  • 7-inch Tablet: The $199 Nexus 7 undercuts the $329 iPad Mini.
  • 10-inch Tablet: The $399 Nexus 10 undercuts the $499 iPad 4.
  • Laptop: Already the price leader with the $249 laptop, Google's new laptop -- made by Acer -- at $199 undercuts most new Microsoft (MSFT - Get Report) Windows 8 and Apple laptops by 60% to 80% or more.

    It wasn't even a full month ago when Google caused jaws to drop when it announced the $249 laptop made by Samsung. I wrote about it in Google Drops the Neutron Bomb: $249 Laptop and $249 Google Laptop vs. $499+ Windows 8: Fight!.

    The new $199 Google/Acer Chromebook laptop has an Intel (INTC - Get Report) Celeron processor, for which Samsung charges $449 in their Intel-based Chromebook. It's also got a 320 gig hard drive, which seems totally pointless in a computing architecture where only the little stuff you need right now can fit within a few gigs or even less. You can still get 100 gig of storage in the cloud, which Chrome OS makes available to you as you need it.

    I have yet to actually test this Acer, which was announced only hours ago. I hope to start testing it within the next couple of days. It does seem as if the boot time (18 seconds) will exceed that of other Chromebooks who run 8 to 10 seconds for the same task.

    Who might prefer this $199 Google laptop over the much more expensive $249 version? (That was a slight joke, by the way.) The answer is probably found in either of these three categories:

    1. Those for whom the Intel processor will be faster than the Samsung ARM version.

    2. Those who have unusual local storage requirements, such as extreme photo needs or very large loads of huge documents needed locally. The emphasis here is on extreme.

    3. Price, price, price: $50 may be what some tip a barista in a week; for others it's a minor fortune.

    With the material caveat of not having laid my paws on this new $199 Google laptop yet, I can imagine there are still numerous real and potential advantages of the $249 Samsung version over the $199 Acer. Here are the top four:
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