Google recently announced that Chrome OS is at the stage where they need feedback from real users! It looks like some of the features in Chrome OS require new hardware, so the company has launched a pilot program where they will give test notebooks to qualified users, developers, schools and businesses. The notebook they are giving to the pilot program users is a plain Jane 12.1-inch ultraportable notebook called the Google Cr-48 that runs an Intel Atom processor and has a full-sized keyboard – complete with Google key customizations (no caps-lock and function keys). Google says the Cr-48 boots in about 10 seconds and resumes from sleep instantly, so i guess that it uses an SSD. There is also built-in Wi-Fi and 3G in this 3.8 pound notebook, so you should be able to take it anywhere and use it online!
The test notebooks exist only to test the software—they are black, have no branding, no logos, no stickers, nothing. They do have 12.1 inch screens, full-sized keyboards and touch pads, integrated 3G from Verizon, eight hours of battery life and eight days of standby time. Chrome notebooks are designed to reach the web instantly, are easy to share among friends and family, and simply by logging in, all of your apps, bookmarks and other browser settings are there. Setting up a new machine takes less than a minute. And even at this early stage, we feel there is no consumer or business operating system that is more secure.