Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 6th May 2014 20:54 UTC
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If you haven't picked up a Chromebook just yet, you might want to wait a little longer. Intel has just announced plans to roll out as many as 20 new Chromebooks by the latter half of this year. This new set will be thinner, lighter, more powerful and generally more diverse in terms of design. It's clear that Google is making a play for the mainstream.

I applaud any efforts to get people to buy new platforms, but in all honesty, I've yet to see a Chromebook in the wild - in fact, I don't even think I've ever even seen one in a store. Granted, I live in a small country nobody cares about, and the uptake of non-Windows platforms in desktops and laptops has always been pretty abysmal here, but you'd think you'd see more of these things.

What is the current state of Chrome OS? Owners, do you use it every day? What do you miss in a Chromebook that a traditional Linux/Windows/OS X laptop does offer?

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Me!
by zizban on Tue 6th May 2014 23:40 UTC
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Member since:
2005-07-06

I have had a Samsung Chromebook for a year and I love it. I use it mainly for writing at doctor's appointments or anytime I have to wait. Offline support is good and getting better. Anyone who thinks offline support is a joke hasn't tried it recently. I work in a remote area and I use the offline mode a a lot. There are many apps including Docs, that work in offline mode just fine.

My Chromebook has a physical keyboard and that's what makes it for me. I need that and no tablet can replace that.

You can also do all the mindless things you would with your phone: Facebook, web surfing, etc. Mine cost $200 US. Cheap.

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RE: Me!
by Morgan on Wed 7th May 2014 11:10 in reply to "Me!"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

My Chromebook has a physical keyboard and that's what makes it for me. I need that and no tablet can replace that.


I would bring up the Asus Transformer line of tablets with detachable "real" keyboards, but for the abysmal performance of the OS on those. The hardware is beautiful, the keyboard is great, and the combined battery life when the tablet is attached is out of this world. But Android on those machines just limps and stutters like a drunken sailor.

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RE: Me!
by moondevil on Wed 7th May 2014 11:34 in reply to "Me!"
moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

My Chromebook has a physical keyboard and that's what makes it for me. I need that and no tablet can replace that.


There all piles of keyboards for tablets to choose from.

Not to mention that tablets are way more functional than a 300€ browser.

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RE[2]: Me!
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Wed 7th May 2014 18:23 in reply to "RE: Me!"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

There are piles of keyboards for tablets ... and none of them I've tried are any good.

Which is why I use an Ultrabook rather than tablet or chromebook. But that's also at least twice the price.

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