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Old 06-22-13, 11:06 AM   #1
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Anyone using the Chrome laptop?

It sounds like a great deal for $249, what's the foo consensus on this?
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What do you intend to do with it?

http://blog.laptopmag.com/chromebook-buying-advice
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I have the $ 200 Acer Chrome book that I bought several months ago. For Web browsing, Netflix, Hulu and connecting to my office network, it is just great. I do my 'serious' work on my Dell XPS 8500 tower, or any one of a number of Windows laptops.
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http://blog.laptopmag.com/chromebook-buying-advice
Use it to replace an older laptop that serves as a backup computer and avoid Windows 8.
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You could extend the life of that laptop by switching over to a lightweight Linux distro.
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Use it to replace an older laptop that serves as a backup computer and avoid Windows 8.
Will the chrome OS be compatible with your other laptop's?
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I don't think geeks need an excuse to buy the latest gadgetry. You just buy it, because it's there. Unless it's apple, that's an exception.
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Will the chrome OS be compatible with your other laptop's?
It should work with my Android phone, but I don't know if it would work with my older laptop and current desktop. I guess that means I shouldn't buy one doesn't it?
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What shape is your older laptop in ?, and are you expecting a Chrome Book to replace it ?.

If you mostly just surf the web, use Google stuff extensively - Chrome, GMail, Calender, Drive - and this one's important, then a Chrome Book is a step up from a tablet with an external keyboard, but not by much, just integrated keyboard.

If you can migrate documents to Google Drive, then it can pass as a basic word document program. You can also get Word/Excel doc readers for Android, but don't expect 100% compatibility with every document folks send you.

I just replaced a 5 yr. old Win XP laptop with a Win 7 Lenovo, about $400. I needed the Windows OS to run work related applications that are not available in Android (and probably never will be). If you don't need that Windows compatibility then a Chrome book might work.

I also use a Samsung 7" tablet, typically as a reader due to the form factor, thus a Chromebook wouldn't work for me. I do find that typing on the 7" tablet to be less then fun, but could add a BT keyboard, but ruin the small form factor concept.
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What shape is your older laptop in ?, and are you expecting a Chrome Book to replace it ?.

If you mostly just surf the web, use Google stuff extensively - Chrome, GMail, Calender, Drive - and this one's important, then a Chrome Book is a step up from a tablet with an external keyboard, but not by much, just integrated keyboard.

If you can migrate documents to Google Drive, then it can pass as a basic word document program. You can also get Word/Excel doc readers for Android, but don't expect 100% compatibility with every document folks send you.

I just replaced a 5 yr. old Win XP laptop with a Win 7 Lenovo, about $400. I needed the Windows OS to run work related applications that are not available in Android (and probably never will be). If you don't need that Windows compatibility then a Chrome book might work.

I also use a Samsung 7" tablet, typically as a reader due to the form factor, thus a Chromebook wouldn't work for me. I do find that typing on the 7" tablet to be less then fun, but could add a BT keyboard, but ruin the small form factor concept.
My older laptop is OK, but I really don't use it much anymore. The whole idea of replacing something that cost 2 - 3 x what the Chromebook costs for $249 got me thinking then, I knew there was a catch in there somewhere.
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Chromebooks are not really necessary in my opinion. What's with people and their attraction toward single purpose items? You can do so much more with a full fledged computer running an OS that's fully manipulable and not locked down like chromeOS. In a less - optimistic point of view, it's another technology fad feeding off another, i.e. the netbook. I'll take a netbook over a chromebook any day.

And what's with you guys hating Windows 8?
It's a great operating system with phenomenal cold start up speeds and stability and performance even on older machines; I have a 6 year old 1st gen intel quad w/ sata1 HDD with a 8sec cold boot up, less if restart.
Most neighsayers are people who are too stuck up/ biased on their cherished yet obsolete Windows XP (face it, you're using 10+ year old software with patches and service packs out its nose, ears, and eyes; think a wound that needs immediate stitches/ surgery but instead covered in boxes of band-aids grabbed from the pharmacy) OR have machines that are antiquated to such an extent that it should've been replaced/upgraded or kept at an OS at its carrying capacity OR were cheap and screwed over by PC assemblers (i.e. emachines, compaq, dell, etc) by purchasing a budget machine that's been watered down to fit their "ideal" budget and the bottom line for the company resulting in a machine that's incapable of running Win8 stably.

P.S. I thought Vista was a great OS as well.
I love how people are so great at forsaking new things. XP was initially met with the same resistance with people siding with '98. Do you remember?


If you insist on using/ reviving an old machine, please check out Windows Fundamentals for Legacy PCs. It's a tad watered down but gets tailored the same updates/ support for Windows 8 and can nearly run on any machine that has ever run Win95+ (aka any non-DOS based windows version).
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People are uncomfortable with change. It's now, so it's a little bit intimidating until they learn the new software, and then when they get good at using it and hit the point where they can make it do all it's supposed to, they love the new functionality. They just have to learn the new quirks.
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Chromebooks are not really necessary in my opinion. What's with people and their attraction toward single purpose items? You can do so much more with a full fledged computer running an OS that's fully manipulable and not locked down like chromeOS. In a less - optimistic point of view, it's another technology fad feeding off another, i.e. the netbook. I'll take a netbook over a chromebook any day.

And what's with you guys hating Windows 8?
It's a great operating system with phenomenal cold start up speeds and stability and performance even on older machines; I have a 6 year old 1st gen intel quad w/ sata1 HDD with a 8sec cold boot up, less if restart.
Most neighsayers are people who are too stuck up/ biased on their cherished yet obsolete Windows XP (face it, you're using 10+ year old software with patches and service packs out its nose, ears, and eyes; think a wound that needs immediate stitches/ surgery but instead covered in boxes of band-aids grabbed from the pharmacy) OR have machines that are antiquated to such an extent that it should've been replaced/upgraded or kept at an OS at its carrying capacity OR were cheap and screwed over by PC assemblers (i.e. emachines, compaq, dell, etc) by purchasing a budget machine that's been watered down to fit their "ideal" budget and the bottom line for the company resulting in a machine that's incapable of running Win8 stably.

P.S. I thought Vista was a great OS as well.
I love how people are so great at forsaking new things. XP was initially met with the same resistance with people siding with '98. Do you remember?


If you insist on using/ reviving an old machine, please check out Windows Fundamentals for Legacy PCs. It's a tad watered down but gets tailored the same updates/ support for Windows 8 and can nearly run on any machine that has ever run Win95+ (aka any non-DOS based windows version).
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It was said already, but a Chromebook could work if you are either big into Google products or don't require much computing power for audio/video editing.

Also, if you are using Chrome, take a look at the Chrome Web Store (not the same as the Google Play Store). If you don't know how to access it, open up a new tab and then click on the right hand side of the screen and your tab page will be replaced with the Chrome apps page with the Chrome Store link. Not a Google Chrome user? Better download and start using it- AFAIK there is no other browser option for the Chromebook. And those apps in the Chrome Store are the only ones that can be installed to your Chromebook- Firefox, Opera, Skype, and iTunes aren't in the store, as those compete directly with Google's own Chrome, Voice, and Play.
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