Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 8th Oct 2013 22:42 UTC
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Until now, Chromebook buyers have had to make a choice. You could get either a cheap laptop with cheap components or the premium-but-ridiculously-expensive Chromebook Pixel. When Google says that HP's new $279 Chromebook 11 is 'inspired' by the Pixel, it's not about components - the Chromebook 11 lacks the high-resolution touchscreen, the high-end Ivy Bridge CPU, and the solid aluminum construction - the Pixel's banner features. Rather, it's about making a laptop that makes enthusiasts happy without the Pixel's sticker shock.

The first non-Pixel Chromebook that actually looks decent and makes me want to buy it - except, what's with the crappy battery life? Only 6 hours on such a small ARM laptop?

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UGGGGGGGH
by drcoldfoot on Tue 8th Oct 2013 23:28 UTC
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Member since:
2006-08-25

These chromebooks, with the exception of the Pixel, Still resemble toys. They're the mainstream consumer electric cars of the PC industry.

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RE: UGGGGGGGH
by WorknMan on Wed 9th Oct 2013 03:03 in reply to "UGGGGGGGH"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

These chromebooks, with the exception of the Pixel, Still resemble toys. They're the mainstream consumer electric cars of the PC industry.


Ya, I'm not really keen on paying $280 for what is essentially a web browser. I honestly don't get the draw. Personally? I'd just pay a little bit more and get a Nexus 10. You get a lot more bang for your buck, plus it's a lot easier to browse the web on the couch, and on the crapper ;)

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RE[2]: UGGGGGGGH
by WereCatf on Wed 9th Oct 2013 03:11 in reply to "RE: UGGGGGGGH"
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

You get a lot more bang for your buck


Just dropping this here: http://lolsnaps.com/news/79619/0

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RE[2]: UGGGGGGGH
by zsekeres on Wed 9th Oct 2013 18:39 in reply to "RE: UGGGGGGGH"
zsekeres Member since:
2011-02-11

Recently I aquired the Acer C7 - and I'm impressed!

Chromebooks are definitely more than just a browser:

- You can use the same Chrome apps as in Chrome on Windows or MacOS. Check out the Play store: There are games like Angry Birds but also useful utilities. I happen to like the SAP notes browser.

- After a while I enabled the developer mode and installed Ubuntu in a chroot environment. Given the hardware it feels surprisingly agile. I have installed a web server which makes it a neat developer machine for web development. Or install any other Ubuntu package you need.

Chrome apps alone make the C7 more versatile than the locked down Windows workstation I had in my recent job.

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