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Acer Chromebook 13 Breaks New Ground
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anon7451380799
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anon7451380799,
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8/11/2014 | 1:20:13 PM
Only comes in white
That's why God invented spray-paint and masking tape.

 

but seriously, I have an old (few years old) acer aspire one happy netbook I still love.

 

That came in orange.
danielcawrey
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danielcawrey,
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8/11/2014 | 7:41:30 PM
Re: Only comes in white
I think ARM-based devices are the future of computing hardware. Many of Intel's processors require a fan to dissipate heat, and that's simply not an economical design anymore. 

I have heard that Intel is testing out ARM-based designs, and that's a smart move. Apple is supposedly considering moving away from Intel and onto ARM for PCs, which I think is smart – it will reduce power consumption and probably prolong overall battery life. 
Gary_EL
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Gary_EL,
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8/11/2014 | 2:47:31 PM
$400
It seems like an awful lot of money for a computer with so little storage that is only useful when connected to the internet. But I love the idea of a laptop without a hard drive - one less thing to break down. The fact that it doesn't need a fan should mean that the the device will be able to go that much longer without a recharge, which is another great selling point.

 
Thomas Claburn
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Thomas Claburn,
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8/11/2014 | 4:02:29 PM
Re: $400
Chromebooks actually can be used when offline. It depends on the apps, but the major Google ones can be used offline:

https://support.google.com/chromebook/answer/3214688?hl=en

 
Gary_EL
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Gary_EL,
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8/11/2014 | 8:29:29 PM
Re: $400
I looked into buying a Chromebook during January of this year. I asked at a computer store whose sales people have a reputation for being technically asute, and that's where I got my information. Is this a new capability, or did they completely drop the ball? In either case, thanks very much for this very valuable tip and the informative URL.
Lorna Garey
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Lorna Garey,
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8/12/2014 | 11:49:48 AM
Re: $400
If I were a cynic I'd suspect that the salesperson was trying to steer you to something with a higher margin ...
Gary_EL
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Gary_EL,
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8/12/2014 | 8:56:23 PM
Re: $400
Well, I am a cynic, and instead I bought a dirt-cheap netbook running Ubuntu on eBay, which is just as well, as I've always liked Linux and Unix.  But, just like a Chromebooks customer, I can use Google Docs. And it seems that a lot of other people are, too. At another site, I write about free templates available online for word processors, and if you search for a specific type of template, there will be almost as many listed specifically for Google Docs as for MS Word.
Lorna Garey
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Lorna Garey,
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8/13/2014 | 9:39:19 AM
Re: $400
What I like about the Chromebook is that there are no updates or AV/endpoint security to worry about, besides the obvious phishing/password good hygiene. 
KenMPischke
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8/13/2014 | 2:29:54 PM
Re: $400
Gary, Why do you need storage any longer with options like Google Drive? Storage should only be used for application space at best.
Gary_EL
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Gary_EL,
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8/13/2014 | 2:58:16 PM
Re: $400
Well, the main reason is that I'd like to have access to things when the internet is down. And, if I'm using Ubuntu, the applications do take up storage space. But, I suppose you're right, and fetting over things like storage is sorta living in the past.
KenMPischke
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KenMPischke,
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8/13/2014 | 5:50:00 PM
Re: $400
Gary, Now you're thinking like a true Ninja. Welcome to the Cloud.
ANON1249547663249
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ANON1249547663249,
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8/12/2014 | 10:54:47 AM
Current ChromeBook User
Earlier this year I picked up an Acer C720, my first foray into this platform. I've got to say I love the thing! Prior to it had an Asus Transformer with optional keyboard dock and that was nice but not quite well suited for what it was needed for.  Sold that and took the proceeds to purchase the Acer - and am really glad I did.  The majority of what I do tends to be on the web and the size, price, portability, functionality and performance is more than adequate.  Even have a guy in the office who's non-tech and demoed it to him; he's looking to getting one.  This tool for me works really well. 


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