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 Wondercool on Sun 16th Feb 2014 12:02 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Great Linux machines"
Wondercool
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I just wanted to show that if you really want to upgrade your Chromebook to something capable of running most applications, it is possible. With my C710, that is actually for free, and takes only 30 min.
The hardware is so good that I now use it as a primary laptop, for every type of use I have. I even got rid of my tablet.

ChromeOS is going up in the world, sales went up enormously. I totally agree the combination of cheap and 'can't break, simple' software works well, but I would love to see what the breakdown is between people using it as primary computer (but let's say people who only browse and email), people who use it as a secondary computer (couch, tablet replacement) and those who wipe Chrome and put Linux on it.

It's clear that Google deliberately made it more difficult to change the computer, there is nothing stopping it from putting on Windows except for secure boot. The soldered RAM is something only on the latest models.

I don't have nor want to spend more than 1000 usd on a Macbook, I think it's just too much, even if they are clearly gorgeous machines.

What I am hoping for the future is that the Chromebook manufacturers build the same laptop but with the usual hardware interfaces, for the same price or something higher but without any OS. I think that would sell well.

PS Tinkering has nothing to do with age, I am 47 ;)

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