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Old 11-28-2016, 12:15 PM
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I'm going to get my 8 year old a laptop for Christmas. I can't imagine he'll do anything with it other than play online and maybe create a document for school from time to time.

I'm not spending the $$ on a Mac. Le's likley to drop the thing down the stairs within a week so i want cheap. It seems I need to pick between a Windows 10 machine and a Chromebook. What would you suggest.
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Old 11-28-2016, 01:41 PM
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Windows 10
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Old 11-28-2016, 07:17 PM
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chromebook. currently have both.
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Old 11-28-2016, 07:18 PM
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For a kid to surf, read books, a Chromebook. Doesn't need the power of a Windows laptop
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Old 11-28-2016, 07:35 PM
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Chromebook boots up super fast. Battery life is superior. With no Windows OS, the attack footprint is much smaller, making it far safer. If it gets screwed up, use the powerwash feature to restore it to factory settings.
For surfing, email, and the occasional google doc, it can't be beat.
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powerwash...I like the sound of that... I need a laptop badly...mine just wont die but the screen is just hanging on to the keyboard like a drunken sailor on the monkey bars...
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Old 11-29-2016, 10:37 AM
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chromebook all the way. I have one downstairs in the dining room that i use to remote into other machines in the house. Seriously if you need the power of windows just remote desktop into a machine that has it. There is a google chrome app for that. Any machine that has chrome, you can remotely control.

At the same time its a minor investment and my wife and kids use that chromebook ALL THE TIME.
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Old 11-29-2016, 12:32 PM
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What's the learning curve to use Chromebook? Is it pretty much like using a Windows PC?
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Old 11-29-2016, 12:53 PM
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For the most part. There are some things you will immediately miss. It's certain keys though like a caps lock, using backspace for a back button etc.

Other than that it is fine.
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Old 12-08-2016, 04:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Mark O. View Post
What's the learning curve to use Chromebook? Is it pretty much like using a Windows PC?
If you are using chrome for a browser, that's pretty close to the learning curve for a chromebook. They are stupidly simple, and even I could figure it out.
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You do lose your Fkeys, your backspace key and some others. There is a definite "how do I do that" factor and I would be considered a "power user". Its nothing that will stop you from doing what you need to do you may just need to do it slightly differently.

For example, on mine there is no right on the mouse pad. To right click you just use 2 fingers to click the pad and thats your right click.

Very simple, but not transparent
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My kids use WIn10, there are a lot of games that they play against other kids online using their PC. Chromebooks won't don that.

Surfing, email, and online docs (google docs) are about the most that they can do.
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Old 12-08-2016, 06:53 PM
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jobowker is right on the money. I have been using an acer 15.6" chrome book for over a year now. I purchased another one for my wife.

Yes, you have to unlearn/learn some of the keystrokes. Otherwise, I've switched to google drive for all my storage. I'm retired now, and don't care much about my work output. Our old computer, even with windows 10 is so slow it is just not worth it.

Chromebooks loads and is on in just seconds!!!!!!!!!! No three or four minute booting. I print wirelessly with ease. (Gotta purchase a simple wireless printer) I don't think I'll ever go back to a "computer."

My wife's 15.6" acer cost $220. You can plug in a hard drive for storage and store a terrabyte if you want. There is no CD/DVR but otherwise, I can't recommend a Chromebook enough. Especially for internet browsing.
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