Reports: Google to offer students Chrome laptops for $20 per month

Students may soon be able to pick up a laptop for far less than the cost of an average textbook. Multiple reports say that Google is planning to launch a program to offer Chrome laptops to students for between $10 and $20 a month.

Citing an unnamed Google executive, Forbes reported the offer will have hardware and software services, similar to Google Apps, and is probably foreshadowing a bundled offering for small businesses.

The company is expected to announce the program Wednesday at the second day of its I/O Developers Conference.

The leased laptop will probably be barebones and rely mostly on cloud storage, which Google already offers in abundance for e-mail, pictures, documents and now music.

Google has offered up it Cr-48 laptop to select users for free in the past, but there are no details yet about how similar the student laptops may be to those computers.

Do you think $20 a month is a good deal for a basic laptop? And would you trust all that information in the cloud?

Related stories:

Google I/O: Android 3.1, Ice Cream Sandwich, Music Betaµ

Report: Asus launching $200-$250 Chrome netbook

Google opens Chrome Web store, demos Chrome OS

Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.

business

technology

Success! Check your inbox for details. You might also like:

Please enter a valid email address

See all newsletters

Comments
Show Comments
Most Read

business

technology

Success! Check your inbox for details.

See all newsletters