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Old 05-25-2019, 07:21 PM
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Just bought one... I don't do anything but surf and use it for pictures. Anyone else? Turned it on and then off... Using my old Acer laptop.Seems like a good product.
Acer - Spin 15 2-in-1 15.6" Touch-Screen Chromebook - Intel Pentium - 4GB Memory - 32GB eMMC Flash Memory - Sparkly Silver



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My kids and wife have had them for 2 years. Kids use theirs for school work, etc. wife teaches first grade, perfect tool for that. They are cheap.
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I bought a used one off eBay, under $100, just to try out. Love it for surfing and basic stuff. Hardly pick up my iPad anymore and gave my windows laptop to my daughter.

Will look for a great Black Friday deal and maybe get a new Chromebook but for now this is perfect.
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All the kids use them.
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They are all that most people need. I still use my iPad daily, but when composing anything longer than a paragraph, I appreciate a nice keyboard and a battery that truly lasts for 12 hours.

I have a great MacBook Pro, but I’m not sure where it is... lol
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Buy anything but Crapple products!
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Why not? I got one a few years back because they update automatically and claim they never become obsolete. Well they updated beyond the capability of the hardware and now mine is a doorstop in mint condition.
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Originally Posted by Me Tarzan View Post
Why not? I got one a few years back because they update automatically and claim they never become obsolete. Well they updated beyond the capability of the hardware and now mine is a doorstop in mint condition.
Who claimed they’d never be obsolete?
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Too cheap to worry about.
We have one and it's been great .
Another one to consider is Kindle Fire 10" , cheap reader with decent internet surfing capability .
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Originally Posted by RollerCoastr View Post


Who claimed they’d never be obsolete?
When I bought one Google was pushing the selling point of the Chromebook is that it will always be supported and you don't have to worry about unsafe updates. Now they just come out and say that they have a 5 year end of life policy from the date of manufacture, then I think they extended it to 6.5 years. I must have got an early manufacture date on sale because I only got a few years before I was kicked to the curb. It worked okay before then but can't say that I would recommend one to family.
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Use one for travel. Probably had it about 3-4 yrs now without issue. Tough to beat for the price.
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Serious question. Does a Chromebook have it's own memory or is everything in "the cloud"?
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Originally Posted by Shag View Post
Serious question. Does a Chromebook have it's own memory or is everything in "the cloud"?
"Memory" or "Storage?"

You can purchase a chromebook with varying amounts of storage. The operating system is in the cloud. I store all of my stuff (pictures, files, etc) in the cloud.
I have had a Chromebook for four years now and never looked back. If you wish to "store" everything, you can purchase a thingy that plugs into the USB and store the entire content of the civilized world on the thingy.
I have a terrabyte thingy.

Otherwise, you have to use online programs.
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Originally Posted by dssmith View Post
"Memory" or "Storage?"

You can purchase a chromebook with varying amounts of storage. The operating system is in the cloud. I store all of my stuff (pictures, files, etc) in the cloud.
I have had a Chromebook for four years now and never looked back. If you wish to "store" everything, you can purchase a thingy that plugs into the USB and store the entire content of the civilized world on the thingy.
I have a terrabyte thingy.

Otherwise, you have to use online programs.
As I understand it, the OS (Which uses a Linux kernel) is resident on the machine but the applications typically are not.
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Originally Posted by dssmith View Post
"Memory" or "Storage?"

You can purchase a chromebook with varying amounts of storage. The operating system is in the cloud. ....
The OS is resident on the Chromebook, not the cloud.
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This thread got me thinking about my old Chromebook again and led me to Cloud Ready, "The free, easy way to convert your computer to Chrome". If you like the Chrome OS or your Chromebook has reached the "end of life support" you can apparently install Cloud Ready on an old PC, Mac or Chromebook. The home edition is free, I think I will give it a go and try to resurrect my old Chromebook.
https://www.neverware.com/freedownload/
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I'm a tad confused by it at the moment, keep hitting the wrong keys and stuff pops up. Also I am on my phone hotspot and I think that it is too slow to support it correctly. Mine has a lot of built in memory. Going to take a bit to get used to, old dog here...
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I love Chromebooks. They’re great for what we do 90% of the time. They’re light, generally have great battery life and aren’t too nice to get worried about breaking or marking up.

if you want to be dorky, some of the models are built so you can put bigger storage in them and install Linux. It’s usually cheaper to just repurpose a Windows laptop for Linux though.

Get one with an i3 or one of the U Celeron processors though. The N Carleton’s are pretty sluggish.
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Have had it for a month now. When I get back to the states it already has a date at the shop. Shuts off intermittently, frequently, and overall I have not been impressed. Great for surfing until it either freezes or shuts down and reboots. Gaah.
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Originally Posted by Shag View Post
Serious question. Does a Chromebook have it's own memory or is everything in "the cloud"?
Memory is generally ram and a computer has to have ram and storage to work. Unless it were to stream its display, maybe? I'm not sure how that would work?

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