Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

According to my version of the Play Store, it's not for sale yet. But the marketing behind this Chromebook is very interesting. "When you pay $1300 for the ultrabook, Google also offers 1TB of storage for 3 years. The regular price for 1TB of Google Drive storage is $50/month, so Google offers $1800 of storage for only $1300 and the hardware is 'free'." Given that I'm already paying for a gig of Google storage online, the offer is even more reasonable. The big question is, of course, what happens after three years - will they give me a new computer? Will prices come down? Still - it's interesting that the hardware is now the loss leader for the online service (and even more interesting that I find myself buying more and more online services). Speaking of which - isn't it time for the ball game to start?

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Last Updated: Mar 30, 2021 2:31 p.m.