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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Many thanks for the tip.

But, Cloud9 also lacks UML modelling and MDD features.


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calden Member since:

I haven't used CLoud9 yet but I think Codenvy will suite you just fine or just install Eclipse, Netbeans, don't forget to install first. This is Java for the Chromebook, after you install install it just download Eclipse and follow the install instructions. You will have to start Eclipse using the terminal CTRL+ALT+T/F2.

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pica Member since:

It is not my intention to use a Chromebook as a PC.

A Chromebook is a dumb, almost stateless terminal. And that is its big advantage.

My intention is to build a completely server based development system that is accessed via a web browser. That system should be able to meet IEC/ISO 61508 SIL 4 ( requirements.


Edited 2014-02-17 16:58 UTC

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