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Buck
10-22-2012, 09:26 PM
I was just looking at some of the specs and it seems like its a $400 laptop with a $250 price point. I wonder how the OS is and if its portable enough to carry with you wherever you go.

I'm wondering what it can do that my phone can't. I'm in the market for a new laptop, and this might be an option.

Buck
10-22-2012, 09:40 PM
Here's a cnet review. Seems like a pretty solid internet mavlchine and not much else.

http://reviews.cnet.com/laptops/samsung-chromebook-series-3/4505-3121_7-35500150.html?qwr=FullSite

htismaqe
10-23-2012, 10:34 AM
Here's a cnet review. Seems like a pretty solid internet mavlchine and not much else.

http://reviews.cnet.com/laptops/samsung-chromebook-series-3/4505-3121_7-35500150.html?qwr=FullSite

Yeah, it seems to be basically a smartphone/tablet only on a PC.

WoodDraw
10-23-2012, 10:55 AM
Here's a cnet review. Seems like a pretty solid internet mavlchine and not much else.

http://reviews.cnet.com/laptops/samsung-chromebook-series-3/4505-3121_7-35500150.html?qwr=FullSite

I haven't used one since they were first released, but it was effectively just a Chrome browser. They've improved for there, but it's still a pretty specific market.

If you're invested in the Google ecosystem, and only need a lightweight laptop, it's a good buy. For anything more, I'm not sure.

SuperChief
10-23-2012, 12:24 PM
I've played around with one at the little Fiber expo in Westport. I was less than impressed, even being a big fan of all things Google.

GloryDayz
03-05-2014, 09:08 PM
Getting one because my 9-year-old uses them in school. Didn't dump too much into it, so if it's a bust I won't cry, but at the very least it seems a little cool..

Fish
03-05-2014, 09:38 PM
Pretty disappointing. Incredibly limited "OS". Smartphone OS on a thin laptop is pretty accurate. Tablet would be a better investment than Chromebook.

htismaqe
03-06-2014, 07:17 AM
Pretty disappointing. Incredibly limited "OS". Smartphone OS on a thin laptop is pretty accurate. Tablet would be a better investment than Chromebook.

Yep. If you need a laptop, get an actual laptop.

GloryDayz
03-06-2014, 01:40 PM
Pretty disappointing. Incredibly limited "OS". Smartphone OS on a thin laptop is pretty accurate. Tablet would be a better investment than Chromebook.

Got both and iPad and Samsung tablet. So "check" to those ideas. This deal was to have at home what they're using at school. So the two-fiddy it took to do this deal too seemed kinda simple. If it doesn't work well we'll see how it skims across a lake or something, but it's never bad to have the same option at home as you use in school/work...

GloryDayz
03-06-2014, 01:41 PM
Yep. If you need a laptop, get an actual laptop.

I wish the school systems would see that same logic... But I fear if they do, they'll do that dumb leap from a $200 Chromebook to a $3,000 MAC book.

But your point is not lost on THIS IT guy...

The_Doctor10
04-01-2014, 11:34 PM
Just picked up an HP Chromebook 11 yesterday... This thing is fantastic for what I need it to do. Incredibly quick boot time, nice screen for the price (doesn't seem any different from my Macbook's) and as good a keyboard as I've used on a laptop in some time.

The touchpad sucks. No two ways about it. For no reason whatsoever, it sticks when you drag your finger across it. But that's offset by the computer never getting hot (this may have been the biggest thing I was looking for in a laptop; I hated typing on my Macbook and feeling like wrist cancer was imminent). Writing with Google Docs has its limitations, but as the saying goes, 'art through adversity'. I can also testify to never having used 99.999999% of the features offered by MS Word, Pages, WordPerfect etc. Google Docs is fine.

Yes, the OS is fundamentally limited. That said, if I'm being honest, this machine accomplishes 99% of what I did on my old macbook anyway. It sucks that my iTunes library was lost in a crash, but I was getting bored with most of my music anyway.

The other big benefit: my job doesn't give me a real desk, so I'm constantly bouncing between computers; having something this portable and lightweight is tremendously useful.

Full on, these machines are not meant for everyone. However. For the right crowd, they're exceptionally useful.

GloryDayz
04-02-2014, 06:50 AM
Just picked up an HP Chromebook 11 yesterday... This thing is fantastic for what I need it to do. Incredibly quick boot time, nice screen for the price (doesn't seem any different from my Macbook's) and as good a keyboard as I've used on a laptop in some time.

The touchpad sucks. No two ways about it. For no reason whatsoever, it sticks when you drag your finger across it. But that's offset by the computer never getting hot (this may have been the biggest thing I was looking for in a laptop; I hated typing on my Macbook and feeling like wrist cancer was imminent). Writing with Google Docs has its limitations, but as the saying goes, 'art through adversity'. I can also testify to never having used 99.999999% of the features offered by MS Word, Pages, WordPerfect etc. Google Docs is fine.

Yes, the OS is fundamentally limited. That said, if I'm being honest, this machine accomplishes 99% of what I did on my old macbook anyway. It sucks that my iTunes library was lost in a crash, but I was getting bored with most of my music anyway.

The other big benefit: my job doesn't give me a real desk, so I'm constantly bouncing between computers; having something this portable and lightweight is tremendously useful.

Full on, these machines are not meant for everyone. However. For the right crowd, they're exceptionally useful.

This... As a person who "owns it all", I'm pretty darn happy with that purchase. And I have a nine-year-old, so it even MORE perfecter!!!

Give them time to expand on it, and I think it'll get all the better.

:thumb::thumb::thumb:

NewChief
04-02-2014, 10:10 AM
BTW,

There are some awesome new addons for Google Drive out there. Here's a post featuring a few:

http://lifehacker.com/the-best-add-ons-for-google-drive-1541643206

Yesterday, Google introduced add-ons for Google Docs and Sheets. These add-ons allow you to add all kinds of functionality to your documents, including signing faxes, creating bibliographies, and more. While it's still in its infancy, here are a few of the best add-ons available at launch. P

HelloFaxP

The Best Add-Ons for Google Drive
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We're fans of HelloFax because it's the easiest way for most of us to send the occasional fax. The Google Docs add-on makes that process even easier. Just click on HelloFax in your Add-Ons, enter the fax number you want to send the document to, and you're done. If faxing isn't your thing, the same company also has HelloSign for those times when you need to sign an important document in Google Docs.P

Mapping SheetsP


Mapping Sheets is an easy way to make custom Google Maps using Google Sheets. If you have a Google Sheet filled with names and addresses, you can instantly create a Google Map from it. This means you can create a giant map with all your contacts or easily plot out a vacation plan. Really, you can plot out pretty much any data you want and it only takes a couple of seconds. P

EasyBibP


Creating bibliographies is one of the most tedious and boring parts of writing a paper in college, but EasyBib makes that process a bit better. Enter in a URL or title into EasyBib and it automatically generates a bibliography entry in MLA, APA, or Chicago style. If you're typing your research papers in Google Docs, this is incredibly helpful. Speaking of adding Word functionality to Google Docs, Table of Contents is also worth a look for anyone writing massive research papers.1P

UberConferenceP


UberConference adds audio conference calls to your Google Doc. All you do is load up UberConference, invite your participants, and then everyone will be in the document and on the conference call within seconds. It works surprisingly well, and setup is simple since you don't ever need to leave Google Docs to use UberConference.P

MindMeisterP


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We love mind maps and Mindmeister makes them easily with Google Docs. Create a bulleted list of items, turn MindMeister on, and then it creates a mind map for your list. It's not nearly as satisfying as creating a mind map on a piece of paper, but it works well enough for digital. P

Track ChangesP


Tracking changes is one of Microsoft Word's best tools and it was always a bummer that it didn't work the same way in Google Docs. Track Changes is an add-on that makes Google Docs work basically the same way as MS Word. P

Make Your Own Add-OnsP


The great thing about all these add-ons is how anyone can make one. You just need to know a little about HTML. If you want to give it a try, Digital Inspiration has a great starter guide to get you going. 2P

Considering these add-ons were just announced, we're sure plenty more great additions will pop up in the coming weeks, but the above list is a good place to start. One word of note though: just like extensions, these add-ons require access to some of your data to work. When you install one, you're taken to the permissions page where you'll see what they get access to, so be careful of what you install.P

Pestilence
04-02-2014, 10:39 AM
My daughter's school just ordered 160 Chromebooks for the kids to work on during the day. If they're still around in a couple of years....I'll probably end up getting her one that she can work on at home.

Sannyasi
04-02-2014, 10:53 AM
I'm loving my Chromebook. I got a $130 refurbished Acer off Amazon. Its super light and portable. The boot up time is near-instant. It came with 100gb of cloud storage.

I understand that it is a limited piece of equipment, but I have not come up against any of these limitations so far. Its done everything I have wanted it to so far, and I could see things just getting better as more programmers start writing software for Chrome.

Do a bit of research before you buy one so you can make sure you aren't going to be missing out on something for which you would need Windows. It may not be for everyone but I am certainly enjoying mine.

GloryDayz
04-02-2014, 03:03 PM
My daughter's school just ordered 160 Chromebooks for the kids to work on during the day. If they're still around in a couple of years....I'll probably end up getting her one that she can work on at home.

THAT'S exactly what moved me to get one. It's what the son uses every day at school, so why not have one at home too? Along with the Droid tablet, the iPad, the laptop, the desktop, (formerly) the MacBook Pro..... LOL, technology isn't something he's without (or afraid of). Like!

GloryDayz
04-02-2014, 03:04 PM
I'm loving my Chromebook. I got a $130 refurbished Acer off Amazon. Its super light and portable. The boot up time is near-instant. It came with 100gb of cloud storage.

I understand that it is a limited piece of equipment, but I have not come up against any of these limitations so far. Its done everything I have wanted it to so far, and I could see things just getting better as more programmers start writing software for Chrome.

Do a bit of research before you buy one so you can make sure you aren't going to be missing out on something for which you would need Windows. It may not be for everyone but I am certainly enjoying mine.

What was the deal with the cloud storage? Ours is a Samsung so it might not of come with it, but I'm not sure I read each little thing that come with it. Perhaps it did...

Pestilence
04-16-2014, 11:55 AM
So let's hear your opinions....

My parents need to get a new laptop. Their current laptop is 5 years old and running XP. Would a Chromebook be better? My Dad has straight up killed some of his past computers because of malware and shit like that. They're in their 60s and really only need to edit documents, check e-mail, browse the web and possibly skype later on. My Mom says that she'll need to use Publisher....but I'm not to sure about that one.

Would a Chromebook be a better purchase?

GloryDayz
04-16-2014, 01:17 PM
So let's hear your opinions....

My parents need to get a new laptop. Their current laptop is 5 years old and running XP. Would a Chromebook be better? My Dad has straight up killed some of his past computers because of malware and shit like that. They're in their 60s and really only need to edit documents, check e-mail, browse the web and possibly skype later on. My Mom says that she'll need to use Publisher....but I'm not to sure about that one.

Would a Chromebook be a better purchase?

At 60 many people aren't as open-minded to change the way they do things. But if they're the exception to the rule other than "browse the web Publisher" (I'm not sure that that is), there's nothing they can't do. And the need to be connected to the web might be tough if they don't have a well-connected house - and locations they travel too. I used mine for a week solid (packed the laptop away for a week), and simply found that I packed my MiFi "all the time".

Hell, if nothing else, if you have a kid, I'd order one and let them try it. If not, order the laptop and tell you kid they have a new toy...

But again, I'm liking mine...

DaveNull
04-16-2014, 02:46 PM
So let's hear your opinions....

My parents need to get a new laptop. Their current laptop is 5 years old and running XP. Would a Chromebook be better? My Dad has straight up killed some of his past computers because of malware and shit like that. They're in their 60s and really only need to edit documents, check e-mail, browse the web and possibly skype later on. My Mom says that she'll need to use Publisher....but I'm not to sure about that one.

Would a Chromebook be a better purchase?

I love it when people list off things like that and use "only" in the same sentence. That's describing a real computer. They might be able to do some of that with Google Docs, but it'll piss them off and they'll complain to you.

The high budget option is a Mac. She can print pictures and make cards to her heart's content with iPhoto and the stuff that comes with the Mac out of the box. Dad can't muck it up with malware either. I know folks from an older generation that really liked the ability to go take classes and stuff at the Apple Store.

Low budget option is a Windows 7 machine, but factor in all the software when you compare prices.

Guess it depends on how much you value the time spent having to be their help desk.

GloryDayz
04-16-2014, 03:16 PM
I love it when people list off things like that and use "only" in the same sentence. That's describing a real computer. They might be able to do some of that with Google Docs, but it'll piss them off and they'll complain to you.

The high budget option is a Mac. She can print pictures and make cards to her heart's content with iPhoto and the stuff that comes with the Mac out of the box. Dad can't muck it up with malware either. I know folks from an older generation that really liked the ability to go take classes and stuff at the Apple Store.

Low budget option is a Windows 7 machine, but factor in all the software when you compare prices.

Guess it depends on how much you value the time spent having to be their help desk.

Nice! You must have a Mac... And the extra coin you spend on it is usually a fraction of the extra coin folks don't spend on protection. Don't get me wrong a Mac is less likely to be attacked than a windows machine.

I've used both, but I find that I end up being tech support regardless. And as long as I wear three layers of clothing, the MacBook Pro wouldn't burn my legs then just inexplicably and suddenly die without as much as the courtesy of the BSOD! And the fine folks at the Apple store, when they weren't teaching the hags from JKV how to use the one-button mouse, would look at it - for a price! I find that if you don't want to be tech support, tell them you're not tech support!

But I loved that Mac, I loved that Mac, I loved that Mac...........

Pestilence
04-16-2014, 03:17 PM
I love it when people list off things like that and use "only" in the same sentence. That's describing a real computer. They might be able to do some of that with Google Docs, but it'll piss them off and they'll complain to you.

The high budget option is a Mac. She can print pictures and make cards to her heart's content with iPhoto and the stuff that comes with the Mac out of the box. Dad can't muck it up with malware either. I know folks from an older generation that really liked the ability to go take classes and stuff at the Apple Store.

Low budget option is a Windows 7 machine, but factor in all the software when you compare prices.

Guess it depends on how much you value the time spent having to be their help desk.

Their budget is $500.....so the Mac is out of the question.

DaveNull
04-16-2014, 03:22 PM
Got a monitor? What about a mini?

GloryDayz
04-16-2014, 03:24 PM
Their budget is $500.....so the Mac is out of the question.

Well that's a used Apple mouse from the 80s!

http://www.folklore.org/images/Macintosh/1984_girl.jpg

htismaqe
04-16-2014, 03:30 PM
I've used both, but I find that I end up being tech support regardless.

Since I made the switch, I've done far less tech support.

"I'd love to help you but I don't have a Windows machine in front of me so I can't walk you through it. Sorry."

htismaqe
04-16-2014, 03:32 PM
Their budget is $500.....so the Mac is out of the question.

Look on Craigslist.

I got a 2011 iMac 21.5" for $800.

The lady barely used it and after 8 months gave up and got a Windows machine.

You can find newer MacBooks on there for less than $500.

DaveNull
04-16-2014, 03:34 PM
To each their own, I suppose. To replace the office apps, iPhoto and iMovie you're looking at adding $250 for Lightroom and Premier Elements plus between $70 and $100 per year for office.

Add that to the fact that my seven year old iMac is still going strong while our mutual friend has a five year old machine that can't be upgraded.

Pestilence
04-16-2014, 03:51 PM
To each their own, I suppose. To replace the office apps, iPhoto and iMovie you're looking at adding $250 for Lightroom and Premier Elements plus between $70 and $100 per year for office.

Add that to the fact that my seven year old iMac is still going strong while our mutual friend has a five year old machine that can't be upgraded.

Except my parents aren't going to use any of that shit. They already own Office from their last laptop. They're literally adding nothing in the way of software outside of what comes on the laptop when they buy it.

DaveNull
04-16-2014, 03:55 PM
No need to get pissy there bro. You're the one that said they needed to edit documents and use publisher.

Pestilence
04-16-2014, 03:57 PM
No need to get pissy there bro. You're the one that said they needed to edit documents and use publisher.

It's not being pissy....it's simply stating that they don't need all of that stuff. It's like asking someone about a $4000 vehicle and them telling you that you should buy a brand new BMW.

She'd LIKE the ability to use Publisher later on. Doesn't have to be now...

htismaqe
04-16-2014, 04:06 PM
They already own Office from their last laptop.

It most likely won't work. Just letting you know.

DaFace
04-16-2014, 04:20 PM
So let's hear your opinions....

My parents need to get a new laptop. Their current laptop is 5 years old and running XP. Would a Chromebook be better? My Dad has straight up killed some of his past computers because of malware and shit like that. They're in their 60s and really only need to edit documents, check e-mail, browse the web and possibly skype later on. My Mom says that she'll need to use Publisher....but I'm not to sure about that one.

Would a Chromebook be a better purchase?

If they're actually locked into Microsoft Office (and Publisher more specifically), a Chromebook won't do it. Chromebooks are great for what they are, but you're obviously locked into cloud-based software, so primarily Google Docs and that kind of thing. If they only need basic spreadsheets and word processing, that's a great way to go (and you're right that a Chromebook is less prone to malware since everything's online). But if they really need full-blown Office, you're pretty much stuck with a Windows/Mac computer.

That said, you can get a great laptop these days for under $500 without a problem. And, though I won't at all go so far as to say malware isn't an issue, they've put a lot of safeguards in place since Windows XP that make it at least a little more difficult to get into something nasty.

DaFace
04-16-2014, 04:21 PM
What are they currently using for email? And if it's not web-based, are they open to changing email addresses?

Pestilence
04-16-2014, 04:48 PM
What are they currently using for email? And if it's not web-based, are they open to changing email addresses?

Both of them have a Hotmail account.

Virtua Chief
04-16-2014, 04:49 PM
FWIW, I traded in a POS EEE PC with XP in at Best Buy to get a $25 gift card and a $75 coupon good towards a new laptop of any kind. Got a new Chromebook for $110 after taxes that I'm picking up tomorrow.

For anyone interested in a Chromebook, try using Chrome and only Chrome on your computer for a day or two. If you can accomplish what you need to, it makes a great secondary machine. BTW, Best Buy XP Trade in deal ends this Saturday.

DaveNull
04-16-2014, 04:51 PM
It's not being pissy....it's simply stating that they don't need all of that stuff. It's like asking someone about a $4000 vehicle and them telling you that you should buy a brand new BMW.

She'd LIKE the ability to use Publisher later on. Doesn't have to be now...

Fair enough. Another idea (although also Apple based though) would be to just get them an iPad. My mom has a laptop and and iPad and never uses the laptop. She loves the iPad and it's pretty hard to mess up. Make sure they've got their documents and things stored in iCloud and there you go.

It's more comparable to a Chromebook because if you are considering going with a Chromebook, you're looking at going with an alternative to a traditional computer anyway.

GloryDayz
04-16-2014, 07:43 PM
Since I made the switch, I've done far less tech support.

"I'd love to help you but I don't have a Windows machine in front of me so I can't walk you through it. Sorry."

Yeah, those years Mom and Dad had their Mac and didn't know I had one, I claimed the same thing in reverse.

Don't get me wrong, it was nice in a lot of ways, had a great screen, and the touchpad/gesturing was awesome! But it was way too pricey for me to consider buying (it was a work deal), and the support kind of pissed me off. We're getting a new round at work, I might ask for one and see if anything has changed.

But if you've got the coin, go for it..

htismaqe
04-16-2014, 07:46 PM
Yeah, those years Mom and Dad had their Mac and didn't know I had one, I claimed the same thing in reverse.

Don't get me wrong, it was nice in a lot of ways, had a great screen, and the touchpad/gesturing was awesome! But it was way too pricey for me to consider buying (it was a work deal), and the support kind of pissed me off. We're getting a new round at work, I might ask for one and see if anything has changed.

But if you've got the coin, go for it..

Like I said, I bought mine lightly used for $800. It retailed for more than twice that.

It's rock solid stable and does everything I need it to do. I especially love it for testing software. If I don't like something, I drag the app container and a few pref files to the trash and it's done. No registry, no residue, no hassle.

GloryDayz
04-16-2014, 07:48 PM
To each their own, I suppose. To replace the office apps, iPhoto and iMovie you're looking at adding $250 for Lightroom and Premier Elements plus between $70 and $100 per year for office.

Add that to the fact that my seven year old iMac is still going strong while our mutual friend has a five year old machine that can't be upgraded.

Just for fun I took a machine I bought in the mid-90s, reloaded it from the original Win95 CD, and guess what, it ran just as fast as the day I bought it.

Nothing new about that. But try to load the newest Apple OS and Apps, just like Windows, and I'll bet you can't.

But I get your point, not trying to be an ass.

GloryDayz
04-16-2014, 07:50 PM
Like I said, I bought mine lightly used for $800. It retailed for more than twice that.

It's rock solid stable and does everything I need it to do. I especially love it for testing software. If I don't like something, I drag the app container and a few pref files to the trash and it's done. No registry, no residue, no hassle.

If they find a deal like that, that'd be awesome... I'll let work buy mine. :)

displacedinMN
04-16-2014, 07:56 PM
Teacher here

Our district is going to them next year.

Upside-
The district will not have to host server space for each of the 10,000 students.
Many of the staff have been using google docs and have converted our stuff over too.

We have turned our email hosting to google. Again, less for our techs to worry about and it is more reliable than our own servers. I am thinking about moving my weather site off the school server.

There are apps Chrome/chromebooks are offering. Hopefully more in the future.
I noticed the touch pad is tough to work with too.

Downside-
Docs needs a little work for 'publisher' type items.
EVERYTHING needs to be online. No outside programs.

htismaqe
04-16-2014, 08:07 PM
Just for fun I took a machine I bought in the mid-90s, reloaded it from the original Win95 CD, and guess what, it ran just as fast as the day I bought it.

Nothing new about that. But try to load the newest Apple OS and Apps, just like Windows, and I'll bet you can't.

But I get your point, not trying to be an ass.

The thing is, from a system resource standpoint, most Apple stuff will run for a lot longer. OS X is a much more streamlined and efficient operating system than Windows.

GloryDayz
04-16-2014, 08:12 PM
The thing is, from a system resource standpoint, most Apple stuff will run for a lot longer. OS X is a much more streamlined and efficient operating system than Windows.

Yup... Too bad they cost so much.

htismaqe
04-16-2014, 08:18 PM
Yup... Too bad they cost so much.

I'm just gonna keep saying it. Buy used. They're out there. Prey on the people that can't handle the switch.

GloryDayz
04-16-2014, 08:32 PM
I'm just gonna keep saying it. Buy used. They're out there. Prey on the people that can't handle the switch.

Or the office... :thumb: