Google Chrome Cr-48 Notebook Hands On Video senior writers Shane O'Neill and Al Sacco perform a quick video hands-on with the first Google Chrome OS laptop, the Cr-48.

I received a nice package from Fed Ex today: A Google Chrome OS notebook.

Called the Cr-48, this prototype machine with an Intel chip was sent out by Google as part of a pilot test program. It's a test machine with no brand name, and not a finished product. Google Chrome notebooks will hit stores for real in mid-2011.

My colleague Al Sacco and I put together a video demo of the hardware and software features of the Cr-48 (geek alert: This name refers to an isotope of the material Chromium). We focus on the basic hardware features: battery, external ports, keyboard, screen size, as well as setting up an account, connecting to Wi-Fi and using the browser. We also take you through start-up, sleep mode, screen lock and shutdown features.

The Cr-48 is fast and user-friendly and very much geared toward cloud computing (i.e. the browser is the homescreen). It has both Wi-Fi connectivity and 3G connectivity through Verizon.

Enjoy the video and feel free to leave any comments in the comment field.

Shane O'Neill covers Microsoft, Windows, Operating Systems, Productivity Apps and Online Services for Follow Shane on Twitter @smoneill. Follow everything from on Twitter @CIOonline. Email Shane at

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