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[6]: Great Linux machines
by Eugenia on Wed 19th Feb 2014 19:32 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Great Linux machines"
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Besides, I hate Windows 8.1, and Ubuntu is full of problems (since their October update, they broke a lot of things in terms of power management). So it was either THIS dirt cheap thing, or it was a $1600 Macbook. I had already decided what I wanted before buying the Chromebook. It was definitely not another Windows laptop, and I wasn't that interested anymore on Ubuntu (which I only see as "nice to have if I need it", rather than "must have").

I discussed it with my husband, who put it in perspective one night, as we drove to a party: "ask yourself this: is the Macbook 8 times better than a Chromebook? If yes, go for it". So I thought about it, and for my NEEDS, the Macbook was about 3 to 4 times better (again, measuring my own needs, not objective betterness). So, the logical conclusion, best ratio of features for the money, it was the Chromebook. So far, it's being a good-enough experience, mostly because I have an iPad to fall off to, and a PC to do my artwork.

Edited 2014-02-19 19:34 UTC

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