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Google has a few extra CR-48 notebooks with the Chrome OS for us and instead of arming our office with cloud computers, we’re giving them to readers! We have five CR-48′s, so leave a comment here if you want one. Don’t wait – entries close tomorrow night!

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Google last week introduced the CR-48 Chrome OS notebook, which uses a browser and no native apps, but the device will never be sold. Instead, the company ordered sample units, reportedly 60,000 of them, and opened a beta program for testers to try the unbranded CR-48. Samsung and Acer are expected to begin selling real Chrome OS computers by mid-2011, which provides Google with ample time to work out kinks in the browser-based CR-48 test machines.

We have our own Chrome OS laptops for testing, but it turns out that Google has a few extras for us. Instead of arming our office with cloud computers, we’re going to give away five Chrome OS devices to our readers! The only caveat is that you must reside in the U.S., because that’s where Google’s beta test for Chrome OS currently takes place. The devices come with 100 MB of free monthly mobile broadband service from Verizon Wireless.

So how do you get a Chrome OS laptop from us instead of waiting for Google to draw your name out of the beta program hat? That’s easy! Just leave a comment about Google’s Chrome OS  in this post and we’ll pick five at random. We won’t be judging comments, so “pick me – i luv chrome!” is satisfactory, but we’re curious to hear what you really think about Google’s Chrome OS effort. In other words, don’t hesitate to share your thoughts on Google’s vision for future computing.

Oh, and make sure you enter a valid email address in the comment form; we can’t circle back to you if we can’t get in touch with you! We’ll keep the comments open until 6pm PT tomorrow, Dec. 14, and then we’ll randomly pick five CR-48 recipients. Don’t wait because this window of opportunity closes quickly!

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  1. What’s the point of a PC that can only run a browser? Still I want to check it out.

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    1. Well for people who use the majority of there pc to browse the internet, this would make the experience light speed with no other process running,it would start up super-fast and once it does you are connected to the net believe browsing would be amazingly fast on this thing, if anything you could get this for browsing and have either a different computer or a different partition for everything els you might do, the speed of this makes it more than worth it!!

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  2. I think cloud computing is the future and I’m curious to see what google came up with.

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  3. Good luck everyone!

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  4. I am usually quick at signing up for stuff but this time I was too late. Definetly would love one of these and sort of do a challenge to see if I could use this as my only PC for a week. I believe one day this will be the future so it’s exciting to see it at the early stages of cloud computing.

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  5. Would love to give Google’s Chrome OS a try. Just switched over to the android operating system on my phone. I’m using an LG Optimus from Sprint, so I’m a newbie when it comes to Android, but love giving new things a try.

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  6. Chrome OS rocks and so does CR-48. I want one!!

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  7. pick me – i luv chrome!

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  8. I think Chrome OS will be a perfect companion to Windows for business travelers. Booting Windows takes minutes, Chrome OS allows you to start working on emails almost as quickly as your Blackberry with a much better keyboard.

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  9. I’d love to try it out.

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  10. pick me – i luv chrome!

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