First Previews Of Google CR-48 Chrome OS Laptop Emerge

Google has already started shipping the first Chrome OS laptops to reviewers and key partners in the US and the first previews have already tricked in.

Engadget and Search Engine Land have published very descriptive articles but from two very different angles.

Engadget's Paul Miller & Joanna Stern produced an excellent, all-rounder piece on the CR-48 including some pretty clear-cut impressions about Google's notebook.

It is not a real product that one can buy (except maybe on Ebay) but it does lay the ground rules and set the benchmarks for a generation of Chrome OS devices.

There are still some significant issues like the fact that Flash is extremely slow, that some extensions are not compatible and that some external devices will not be recognised by the notebook.

Then there's the fact that this is a whole new environment without CAPS LOCK, Windows or Function keys. There's not even the equivalent of a Windows Explorer (or File Management application) and the clickpad itself can be challenging some times.

But it wasn't all negative; the screen is fantastic says Engadget, a 12-inch 16:10, 1280x800 pixels Matte display that put netbook screens to shame and the CR-48's body itself is made up of a rubber-like matte black plastic which makes it feel and look considerably better than most netbooks on the market.

We are still waiting on one reviewer to open up the computer, show us the components and hack it to install Windows or still better, Mac OSX.