On first look the Cr-48 looks reminiscent of a black macbook, although smaller and with less inputs/outputs. It has a chiclet style keyboard, and a ClickPad style trackpad. The whole body of the laptop is covered with a soft touch rubberized coating similar to the back of my Droid 2 which is really nice and doesn't attract fingerprints quite as bad as a glossy coating, although my greasy fingertips do show up on the back much more easily than on my previous Lenovo G555.
As you can see the trackpad is one big button, you can click anywhere on it. In order to right click, you click with two fingers, and to scroll you can slide two fingers across the trackpad. It takes a little getting used to, but once you get the handle of it, it works pretty nicely.
There are a couple anomalies with the keyboard, mainly the lack of function keys (ie. f1, f2, etc) and the replacement of the caps lock key for a search key, which opens a new tab and places your cursor in the omni bar. There is a setting within the OS that allows you to change it back to a capslock key, but so far I haven't had any need to use this feature. Overall I like the look and feel of the keyboard, it is big enough for comfortable typing and the keys all seem to be in the right place.
It comes with a 58.4Wh battery that is surprisingly thin and lies flush with the bottom of the laptop, no unsightly bulges here. As you can see the battery's name is Mario.
Although Google has not officially published the technical specs of the Cr-48, Brad Caris of the ChromeOSsite forum, took apart his laptop and posted the following specs.
"Intel Atom Processor N455 1.66GHz 512K Cache
Tripod Motherboard MARIO – 6050A240910 – MB – A03
Hynix 2GB DDR3 1Rx8 PC3 – 10600S Ram
Intel CG82NM10 PCH
ITE IT8500E Flash ROM
SanDisk sdsa4dh-016G 16GB SATA SSD
Qualcomm Gobi2000 PCI Express Mini Card
AzureWave 802.11 a/b/g/n PCI-E Half MiniCard
Atheros AR5BBU12 Bluetooth V2.1 EDR"
These specs are similar to most 10.1 inch netbooks out there and aren't really anything too exciting, except for the inclusion of the 16GB solid state hard drive, which is noticable in everyday use as I well discuss later on.
Software review coming in the near future....