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 bassbeast on Mon 17th Feb 2014 09:29 UTC in reply to "Comment by Luminair"
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My problem with the whole ChromeOS concept is simple...we went through this in the 90s, it was called thinclients and they are now nearly all dumpster bait.

I mean maybe its different where you are but I've been all over the so called "bible belt" and "flyover states" in the USA and there is a LOT of places where there is no free Wifi and as this article shows without Wifi? Its a brick, it can't really even do as much as your average $50 Android tablet.

So if you want cheap? They still make netbooks, they just don't call 'em netbooks anymore. Just picked up a "Discless notebook" for a customer, had 4Gb of RAM and an AMD Jaguar quad for $350, it works nice. Heck my 4 year old Asus EEE still works great for that matter and unlike the thinclient Chromebooks I can get all my work done without a net connection, I have even sat in the doctor's office and thanks to Audacity and Hydrogen I have been able to write drum tracks and edit my band's latest recordings no problem.

And does Google still cripple the hardware? I can take this EEE and install Linux (came with Linux based Expressgate, not bad for quick web surfing) or XP or BSD or make it a Hackentosh, pretty much anything I want. Last I checked you can ONLY run a couple of Linux distros and ONLY if they have a hacked bootloader for that specific model, honestly it felt like I was looking at a smartphone more than a laptop made of bog standard X86 parts. I'm sure I'll get hate from the Googleites for saying this but taking something as open as X86 and turning it into a cellphone is kinda douchey IMHO, even MSFT lets you set up dual boots or install any OS on the new UEFI systems.

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