Samsung announced today that the Series 5 Chromebook will be available in parts of Europe starting June 24. Folks in the UK, Spain, France, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands will be able to get their hands on the worlds first retail Chromebook for €399 for the Wifi model (£349 in the UK) and €449 for the 3G model (£399 in the UK). Over the coming months the rest of Europe will see these become available as well.

If you're not familiar with the specs,
have a look here


. The concept is simple -- hardware that runs everything through the Chrome browser. It's a throwback to the days of terminal/server computing, but done with the modern cloud. We had a good look at the new Chromebooks at Google I/O, and I have to admit -- they have me intrigued. They are pricey, but look beautiful and will give the masses a chance to try Google's Chrome OS on hardware designed for it. We should be getting a couple of our own here shortly, and we'll give them a work over. In the meantime,
the Chromebook forums


are open for business. Hit the break to see the full press release.


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