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Chromebook?
« on: February 25, 2013, 04:14:02 PM »
I am in need of tablet/netbook/laptop to use for general web browsing and viewing PDFs (FSMs in the garage).

I was all geared up to spend a good chunk of cash on a tablet when I came across these Chromebooks:

Acer C7 Chromebook
https://www.google.com/intl/en/chrome/devices/chromebooks.html#ac-c7
http://www.engadget.com/2012/11/26/acer-c7-chromebook-review/

Samsung Chromebook
https://www.google.com/intl/en/chrome/devices/chromebooks.html#ss-cb
http://www.engadget.com/2012/11/07/samsung-chromebook-review-2012/

It seems all operating systems are starting to use the 'cloud concept'. These little netbooks just rely on it.

What I can tell from my research:

Acer
- Cheap shell
- Glossy Screen
- 320 GB hard drive with upgradable memory
- Possible to dual boot with Ubuntu on partitioned existing hard drive
- Poor battery life, possible to upgrade battery for $50
http://www.cdw.com/shop/products/Sanyo-AL12X32-notebook-battery-Li-Ion-5000-mAh/2910487.aspx

Samsung
- Comfortable keyboard
- Solid shell construction
- Higher quality matte screen
- 16GB solid state hard drive
- Good battery life

I am torn between the two. The Samsung is appealing since it has sturdy construction, would run cool and has a higher quality display. However, the Acer is appealing with its large hard drive, ability to run Ubuntu and ability to upgrade the memory. 

Thoughts, comments from tech savy AR?

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Re: Chromebook?
« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2013, 05:04:26 PM »
When in doubt, I check out reviews online. First place I usually go is Chris Pirillo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bi2VNVRbftc

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Re: Chromebook?
« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2013, 11:38:07 AM »
I picked up one of the Samsung Chromebooks last night. The choice was very easy to make after using both the Samsung and Acer display units at Best Buy.

It works and it boots really fast. It also runs very cool.

Still learning the ins and outs of this Chrome OS. It is certainly a learning curve.

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Re: Chromebook?
« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2013, 09:40:19 PM »
I have been trying out what this little rig offers you. Thus far, my favorite application is "Chrome Remote Desktop". With this handy application you can remotely connect to a Windows/Mac/Linux PC. Having this capability turns this little Chromebook into a real powerhouse with unlimited potential.

I elected to connect the Chromebook to my XP desktop that I used in school for drafting, 3D modeling and photo editing. To my surprise the display was quite legible and there was very little lag, even when orbiting around a 3D model.

When you connect to a PC via the Chromebook, it is done within the Chrome browser as that is how the Chromebook works. Here you can see the Windows desktop within Chrome:


Luckily you can do a full screen view. It is almost like you are using Windows machine!



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Re: Chromebook?
« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2013, 07:57:32 AM »
FYI, that's an add-on you can download for Chrome. Any computer running the Chrome browser can do that. ;)

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Re: Chromebook?
« Reply #5 on: February 28, 2013, 06:49:35 PM »
FYI, that's an add-on you can download for Chrome. Any computer running the Chrome browser can do that. ;)
Yup, I was aware of that. I am just fascinated at how well it works on this machine.