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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RE[4]: Great Linux machines
by moondevil on Sun 16th Feb 2014 07:57 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Great Linux machines"
moondevil
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Nice to see you posting.

I fully agree with you. Nowadays either things work out of the box, or it isn't worth my time. This goes to hardware, OS releases and programming language/framework flavour of the month.

As for the Chromebooks, I am on the same page as well. For average Joe/Jane that only do Facebook/Webmail, they are ok, for the rest better get a small laptop with a proper OS.

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