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 shotsman on Sun 16th Feb 2014 04:13 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Great Linux machines"
shotsman
Member since:
2005-07-22

Eugenia,
Your post echoes my thoughts very well.
The small amount of RAM/SSD is IMHHO Very limiting especially with a pretty good CPU at its heart.

The screen resolution is also a limiting factor. Small form factor does not always mean a crippled screen resolution. There are plenty devices out there with a similar form factor (or smaller) that give a higher screen resolution.

It is almost as if Google are dipping their toe in the water but are not sure where to go or what to do next.

That is a shame. This might be a dead end platform (like the surface-RT perhaps?).

My 2008 13in MacBook is still going strong. It runs CentOS. I recently upgraded it with a 480Gb SSD. Even the Core 2 Duo CPU seems to fly now.

Nice to see a post from you again

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RE[5]: Great Linux machines
by Luke McCarthy on Sun 16th Feb 2014 14:03 in reply to "RE[4]: Great Linux machines"
Luke McCarthy Member since:
2005-07-06

It does feel like a dead-end platform at the moment. I would like to see Google become much more ambitious with Chrome OS to make it in to a fully-blown OS. They should develop an offline video editing app and bundle it with Chrome OS (written as a bundle PNaCl app).

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