Strange! Two days ago, I wrote an article (at http://goo.gl/jAi5Y) about using a Chromebook as a replacement for WebTV/MSN TV. Today, C|Net columnist Rick Broida published an article about a bargain price for a Samsung Chromebook XE303C12 selling for $169.99 shipped (plus sales tax). The normal price is $249.
To be sure, the $169.99 laptop is refurbished, not new. However, it does include a 90 day warranty. Over the past few years, I have purchased dozens of refurbished computer devices and have always been pleased with the results. I wouldn't hesitate to purchase this one if I didn't already own a Samsung Chromebook with nearly identical specifications. I love my Samsung Chromebook and use it often.
The Samsung Chromebook XE303C12 weighs 2.4 pounds; has an a built-in webcam; microphone; 11.6" screen; wi-fi wireless networking; Bluetooth wireless; a built-in 3-in-1 media reader for plugging in Secure Digital, Secure Digital High Capacity and SDXC memory cards; a USB 3.0 port and a USB 2.0 port; and more. Like all Chromebooks, it does not have a built-in CD-ROM drive and has little need for one. It also needs to be connected to the Internet in order to use most of its functions.
I suspect this low price will only be available "while supplies last." You can read more in Rick Broida's article at http://goo.gl/JhXeC.