If you have a Google Chromebook on your holiday shopping list, Microsoft is trying its best to Scroogle-shame you from buying one. The computer company released a new television ad yesterday with the stars of something called Pawn Stars that tries to convince the public that Chromebooks are crap.
The world’s first Google netbook goes on sale on June 15. Well actually, it’s available on Gilt.com (in the “men” category) today. The Samsung Chromebook 3G isn’t discounted at $499, which is still a lot for a netbook that only runs an experimental operating system with a weird browser-based interface. But the machine does weigh only 3.3 lbs and the battery supposedly lasts more than eight hours. “With your order from Gilt, you’ll also receive a limited edition, custom-fit Chrome sleeve designed by Rickshaw.” It comes in “arctic white.” The model includes up to 100MB per month of Verizon 3G service for 2 years. The early sale ends at 9 a.m. on June 3.