Can a sub-$400 Chromebook do the job of a Mac or Windows PC? WSJ Personal Tech Columnist Joanna Stern finds out.
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I use my chromebook daily, with 20 tabs open at average with no lag on chrome (which would require 383gb of ram on chrome for windows) and the only reason I ever use my PC is gaming. I have a 1080p 21.5inch HP 22es monitor that I use with it + red logitech M171 wireless mouse + a keyboard. It works perfectly, and, to add even more, since there's android app support, I almost never use my phone. (Well, I use my phone for HQ Trivia since it doesn't run well on chromebooks for some reason.)
I use my Chromebook for almost everything, internet browsing, music listening (via Spotify), video streaming, word processing - when I need to use specialist software for my course (I'm a Uni Student) or to pretty an assignment up in Office before submitting, I just take a trip down to the library and do it there.
For a student, and for a home user who doesn't game - it's ideal.
Squaretable22 That sounds brilliant. I'm a Londoner so the £ applies me.
Never had a laptop before but just recently found out about Chromebooks and have been doing research about the diffetent makes so I can finally purchase one, nothing to expensive. The R11 was the first one I really looked into and I was deciding out of that or R13.
Heard more good reviews about R11so i'm leaning more to that one
an Acer Chromebook 11 from 2015. it operates really well even with obscene number of tabs (I tend to keep all tabs open when writing assignments so I can flick back to my sources and articles I've looked at). I understand that Chromebooks have gotten even better since.
it cost me about £80 in the Black Friday sales in then-british pounds, which with today's exchange rate is $114, I understand that the current model of the Acer Chromebook 11 retailed in 2017 at £180 ($260 but it may be cheaper due to lower US Sales Tax and the stronger dollar)
Yes and NO...these units are HEAVILY locked down. If you grow tired of Googles spying
and utter absence of privacy your stuck. With a PC I can load a different OS. Also, the
chromebook are really designed to be disposable. I repair laptops among other tasks
and chromebooks are mostly disposable,,,
...BUT CHROMEBOOKS DON'T UPDATE EVERY 5 MIN. Like WINDOWS!
..AND DOES'NT NEED TONS OF JUNK FILES TO PREVENT VIRUS STUFF EITHER.
PLUS CHROMEBOOKS START SO FAST I DON'T HAVE TIME TO FINISH MY COFFEE!
BUT WHAT THE HECK ...I"LL JUST USE A WINDOWS 7 PC AS A PRINTER SERVER AND SUFFER WITH ALL MY CHROMEBOOKS AND CHROMEBOXES FOR NOW.
...GEE I'M GONNA MISS THE ENDLESS WINDOWS 10 UPDATES!!
Time to get rid of your Chromebook because of the lower case letter keyboard very very confusing look at all your other keyboard such as Windows Mac Linux all have uppercase letters on the keyboard why does Google make it lower case I don't know their stupid Google make your keyboards with uppercase letters the same way that everybody makes it I asked people to not buy the netbooks to rather buy Windows Netbook PCS and not by Google's version of netbooks or Chromebooks as a more commonly called Chromebooks as a more commonly called don't buy Google Chromebook and that's why I got rid of my Chromebook I don't like it it bothers me that I can't type on it I can't do anything on it I have to relearn the letters practically I don't know about you but I formation so I got rid of my Chromebook two uppercase letters written on it not lowercase I asked for people to go to to make a petition on change.org and ask how many people hate the Chromebook because of the lower case letters in Benton bossed on the keyboard itself I would sign it that I absolutely hate it and I got rid of my Chromebook because of that now Google made a lot of other good products I'm not bashing Google hair but when they make a product that's the junkyard I'm sorry and you're right what is Google going to sell us next a toaster that only I can cook chicken or a microwave that can only cook cheeseburgers I mean like hanging out I mean I'm being sarcastic here but I mean reality is that the Google sold us with a Chromebook a bag of of of of of Earth that there's nothing you can do with it you can't use it as fertilizer you can't use it for anything this is the point that I'm trying to bring out with a Chromebook forget it you can bring the Android apps to Chrome you can do all that stuff it doesn't matter to me as long as the keyboard is written and lowercase letters embraced and emboss on the keyboard I am going to be an it against buying a Chromebook and I'm going to start a petition that is going to go straight to hopefully if I can get a Google email to somebody in the office is not a straight to them and I'm going to make such a stink about this that believe me they're going to have to change it this is my first attempt at making a big stink about the Chromebook keyboard it's just horrible and a portable that Google will actually make that type of a mistake and not only that but the day that they're proud of it we have to change Google for the better and we have to make sure that Chromebooks all right usable by everybody and that people do not have to learn a new keyboard formats
I've been exclusively using a Chromebook for over three years. I just bought a Windoz machine only because it was a screaming good deal. I'm putting GNU/Linux on it as a dual boot; but I might use a service that supplies Chrome OS to school systems to make their old machines run fast and worry free. They offer free versions of Chrome OS to individuals for home use. Their updates are only one month behind Google's updates. Look up the company called Neverware to get the free download of Chrome OS.
I do everything I need on a 200 dollar android tablet (with full GooglePlayStore access) and a blue tooth keyboard. For gaming or seriously heavy editing and or more demanding programs, you need a good laptop with a graphics card. That's it. 400 bucks for a Chromebook is just an insanely, huge waste of money.
Chromebook sucks. They are just plastic cheap netbooks that you just browse. You can’t get no programs so goodbye your preferred bowser, games, media players, and viruses. Apps don’t help because they are “not really” programs. They don’t do the work we need or we want to get done. For $300, you can now get cheap windows notebooks that do WAY MORE than a piece of brick.
Or you could just get Linux mint or Ubuntu if it is even possible so you will have at least “some” useful programs to start with.
Your "real" laptop gets stolen, you're screwed. Like most dumbasses you haven't been backing up your stored stuff. Your Chromebook gets stolen, you access all your stored stuff in the cloud using ANY piece of hardware. Your "real" laptop needs you to remember updates for the OS. Your Chromebook OS updates automatically. Your "real" laptop has to get viruses cleaned out all the time. Your Chromebook is immune to viruses. No malware. No spyware. Your "real" laptop costs big bucks. Your Chromebook is cheap. True...there are drawbacks. It all depends on exactly what you want the machine to do and how much you're willing to pay. 50 years ago people would've KILLED or sold their kids into slavery to have something like this. And some millennial pissants today are bitching because a Chromebook won't let them win the lottery? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
Carboy7 That's the problem with school boards when it comes to digital learning. They wanna look like they're ahead of the curve, but price is more important than function, so they go cheap. They're perfectly fine for your average student using online tools, but specialized stuff like your robotics class would need gets abandoned to save money. Shame, really. What was the software, out of curiosity?
to me they are still a joke. They are ok college laptops if you a major that doesn't do anything tech related. If you are doing programming you should just get a used thinkpad because you can't program on a chromebook and on a chromebook the keyboard feel is terrible. Thinkpads are very famous for their amazing keyboard feel.
By better you mean cheaper right? Even the Macbook air with i5 beats the Chromebooks when it comes to do some serious video, photo, sound editing. If you are only using a laptop to type some text and browse Facebook then I guess I don't see why your school is spending money on Macbook pros