Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sat 15th Feb 2014 22:02 UTC
Google When my 3+ year old DELL laptop died a few weeks back, I decided to give Chromebooks a try. So the Acer C720, at just $199, became my new laptop. This is my experience with it so far.

The Acer C720 is similar in specs to other Chromebooks currently on the market. It's a Haswell architecture with a dual core Celeron, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB flash, HDMI-out, 3 USB, webcam, Bluetooth, and a 1366x768 px screen. It's 0.8" tall, and weighs just 2.76 lbs. Its battery life is rated for 8.5 hours but in real world usage rated at about 7 hours. You can view its specs in detail here.

The laptop feels very light, sturdy and of a good build quality. Its keyboard is easy to get accustomed to, and I had no trouble at all, coming from a radically different keyboard design on the DELL. The ChromeOS function keys are really handy too, e.g. to change brightness, volume etc. The touchpad has the right size, position and responsiveness too.

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Great Linux machines
by Wondercool on Sun 16th Feb 2014 00:41 UTC
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If you know a bit of Linux or are prepared to learn a bit, best thing you can do is to install a Linux variant using Chrubuntu or sideloading it with ChromeOS.

This would make Skype possible (4.2 a pretty good version compared to Windows as the interface is straight forward but still feature complete), any IM, video editing software, NX or VNC, videoplayers, Firefox, and all your Linux favourites without the drawbacks of a walled garden owned by a company that ultimately makes money by trying to know as much as possible from you.

That said, Google has not (yet) disabled installing another OS and they could do that with the dreaded 'secure' boot.

Typing this on XFCE on an Acer C710, 170 USD, probably the most bang for buck computer I ever bought (but not because of ChromeOS)

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