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The Kogan Agora Chromium OS notebook is up for order, with the first units sneaking into the UK next week, making it the first to go on sale here, and beating Google’s official Chrome OS netbook partners to the punch.

On paper, it sounds a bit miserable: for £289 you get an 11.6-inch screen, 30GB SSD, 1GB of RAM, a 1.3GHz Celeron processor, 3.5 hour battery and HDMI out. But with the open source backbone of Chrome OS, Chromium OS installed, that should be more than enough – so long as you’re in reach of Wi-Fi, since there’s no 3G SIM card slot, and the browser-based operating system relies heavily on the cloud.

Whether Google’s endorsed Samsung And Acer Chromebooks can provide a superior experience, we’ll just have to wait and see – we’ll let you know with full reviews soon.

Out next week | £269 | Kogan

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