ChromeOS CR-48 Preview

December 9, 2010: 4:36 PM ET

Initial thoughts after the first few hours with Google's ChromeOS reference design laptop.

FedEx dropped off my Google (GOOG) ChromeOS laptop demo unit this morning.  The box has the now famous exploded hamster jet cover art and very few parts inside. I also ironically got a Steve Jobs figurine in the mail today too.  They didn't seem too happy to be in each other's company:

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