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: Comment by Luminair
by ricegf on Sun 16th Feb 2014 12:35 UTC in reply to "Comment by Luminair"
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That's true, but Apple (as you mention), Microsoft, and Amazon are unfortunately just as guilty. Even Canonical (Ubuntu) has taken revenue-generating steps such as running your dash searches on Amazon by default that has caused a segment of their user base to recoil in horror (sometimes overblown, IMHO).

As far as I know, no mainstream environment actively protects user privacy any longer. Those who truly care must homebrew or wipe a commercial machine and install something like gNewSense.

So as far as I can tell, my choice is libre or convenience - and if I choose convenience, Google is as convenient and roughly as un-private as any other. *shrugs*

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