This Day On The Street
Continue to site
ADVERTISEMENT
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here

Life With Google Chromebook: Mac/Windows Killer

And by "there" I mean on all your Google Chrome PC devices. There is no longer any need to lug that laptop from home to the office and back. Everything is instantly replicated across all machines, so you can have a Chromebook on every table, office, and home -- and you can just pick up where you left off.

Yes, I know Microsoft and Apple are now trying to narrow this gap with Office 365 and iCloud. But they're still not on par with Google in terms of how elegantly and seamlessly this works. Maybe some day, that will change -- but now Google remains way ahead in the way its cloud infrastructure interfaces with its Chrome and Android devices.

In the meantime, Google Chrome laptops are $200 to $450 and falling. Microsoft Windows 8 touchscreen PCs start at $500 and MacBooks start at $1,000. You can buy a few extra Chromebooks for the same price.

Google is sitting on a gold mine here. They need to expand the Chrome OS device portfolio with even better hardware: Better battery life, bigger and better screens, and so forth -- even tablets and smartphones. Take a look at the best Windows Ultrabooks and the MacBook Air, and offer consumers premium Chromebooks.

For example, people are now buying a few $200 to $250 Chromebooks, giving them to their children and elderly family members, ensuring that they don't have to spend any time on tech support, ever. Going forward, they'll be willing to spend more than $250 to $450 on premium Chrome OS hardware. Perhaps they'd pay $500 to $600 for truly awesome 13-to-14 inch Chromebooks with 10-plus hours of battery life. Larry Page says battery life sucks now, so they had better take a hint from the boss.

Back to the central point, where I began this article: Having the best PC tech support is the second best thing on Earth. The only thing that's better is not needing any tech support to begin with. And that's Chrome OS in a nutshell.

Google is sitting in the catbird seat for this great new paradigm in computing: Trouble-free PCs. Will it be able to exploit this opening in the competitive landscape?

At the time of publication, the author was long GOOG and AAPL and short MSFT.

This article is commentary by an independent contributor, separate from TheStreet's regular news coverage.

3 of 3

Check Out Our Best Services for Investors

Action Alerts PLUS

Portfolio Manager Jim Cramer and Director of Research Jack Mohr reveal their investment tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
Quant Ratings

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
Stocks Under $10

David Peltier uncovers low dollar stocks with serious upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
14-Days Free
Only $9.95
14-Days Free
To begin commenting right away, you can log in below using your Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, OpenID or Yahoo login credentials. Alternatively, you can post a comment as a "guest" just by entering an email address. Your use of the commenting tool is subject to multiple terms of service/use and privacy policies - see here for more details.
Submit an article to us!
SYM TRADE IT LAST %CHG
AAPL $126.87 -0.57%
GOOG $536.33 0.18%
MSFT $42.57 -0.78%
FB $83.81 0.87%
TSLA $209.55 2.10%

Markets

DOW 17,962.73 -72.20 -0.40%
S&P 500 2,101.03 +0.63 0.03%
NASDAQ 5,018.9010 +24.2990 0.49%

Partners Compare Online Brokers

Free Reports

Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs