Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 8th Oct 2013 22:42 UTC
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Until now, Chromebook buyers have had to make a choice. You could get either a cheap laptop with cheap components or the premium-but-ridiculously-expensive Chromebook Pixel. When Google says that HP's new $279 Chromebook 11 is 'inspired' by the Pixel, it's not about components - the Chromebook 11 lacks the high-resolution touchscreen, the high-end Ivy Bridge CPU, and the solid aluminum construction - the Pixel's banner features. Rather, it's about making a laptop that makes enthusiasts happy without the Pixel's sticker shock.

The first non-Pixel Chromebook that actually looks decent and makes me want to buy it - except, what's with the crappy battery life? Only 6 hours on such a small ARM laptop?

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good for it's purpose
by REM2000 on Wed 9th Oct 2013 09:28 UTC
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I owned a chromebook for 6 months and i loved it. To help with work i wanted to immerse myself into the Google ecosystem.

I owned a Galaxy Note2, Galaxy note 10.1 (tablet) and a ChromeBook (Samsung ARM based version).

The chromebook was an excellent device, it was a cheap as chips and very functional. I saw the device as more of a tablet with a built in keyboard and trackpad. The keyboard was excellent as was the trackpad.

So what can you do with a chromebook, surprisingly quite a lot. I was very productive and used the device on my daily commute and at work. Which meant there were periods where the device was offline for about 1hr - 1 1/2hrs at a time. This wasn't a problem as the device worked seamlessly offline, good docs would instantly switch to offline mode, i could still play video on the build in (tiny) 16GB SSD or via SD / USB stick offline.

Updates where great and automatic, it was basically like a tablet in terms of maintenance, i.e. set and forget.

I say all of this not in the hopes of being perceived as a rabid google fanboy but to hopefully deflect some of the main criticism of the chromebook which is can it do xyz.

Do you use Google Apps, does pretty much all you do exist in a browser? Do you want something cheap with a good battery, something you don't have to worry about maintaining with updates and antivirus? If you answered yes then a chromebook might be for you, of course all of this can be serviced by a tablet, however if you want a good keyboard in a laptop configuration then the chromebook is a good choice.

Do you program, do you play games, do you like desktop computers, do you have apps you need to run like Photoshop? if so then the chromebook is not for you, in the same way a tablet like the iPad may not be for you.

Sometimes it's worth considering the chromebook as a satelite device. You have your desktop or your powerful laptop, however when you want to surf in front of the TV or have something for the train, light and easy to use then a chromebook again is a good choice.

After a long ramble, i did actually end up selling my ChromeBook as it was an excellent device and helped me understand the google ecosystem for work, however for me personally, i replaced this with a MacBook Air, which is about the same in dimensions, more powerful (allowing me to run some heavy apps like aperture etc..) but worth considering that it is 4x the price of a chromebook.

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