Samsung Chromebook

Ivan

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Does anyone own this? What are your thoughts on it? I feel like getting this laptop for basic/normal usage, considering it is a much cheaper alternative to a Macbook Air (in terms of size and portability).
 
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wdq

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I have one of these. For basic usage it works great. Just be sure you know about all of the limitations. It is basically just a web browser, so for many something like a tablet would be a better option. I personally have one because it has a slightly larger screen, and an actual keyboard. 
 

Ivan

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I have one of these. For basic usage it works great. Just be sure you know about all of the limitations. It is basically just a web browser, so for many something like a tablet would be a better option. I personally have one because it has a slightly larger screen, and an actual keyboard. 
Yeah, true. It really is very limited. A tablet might be the way to go, but like you said it has a larger screen and a physical keyboard.

An iPad 2/3 or an Android tablet would be an ideal choice too, including the apps and whatnot.
 

HalfEatenPie

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I have one (when Incero was sending out those chromebooks), and personally I love it.  Granted yes you are limited in terms of usage as it's one huge web browser, it works for most of my entertainment.  As a person who personally hasn't found a good use for a tablet, the chromebook is perfect for what I need.  Most of the time I do use it as a netflix machine, but you can get Ubuntu on it (xfce though) and it works moderately fine.  

In a pinch, it's awesome. But don't expect it to completely replace your netbook.  
 

mikho

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Would love one to play with. I am satisfied with the ipad mini I have but it's a b*tch trying to write longer texts on. I need a regular keyboard.
 
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wlanboy

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If the battery would last at least 20 hours I would buy it. But 6 hours for browser only...
 

Awmusic12635

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I have one from incero as well.

I use it from time to time but would never trace my MacBook air for it.

Love my iPad as well
 

Ivan

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I have one from incero as well.

I use it from time to time but would never trace my MacBook air for it.

Love my iPad as well
Huh.. Incero are some good people giving out these Chromebooks, lol.

Yeah, it doesn't compare with a MacBook air. 

If the battery would last at least 20 hours I would buy it. But 6 hours for browser only...
6 hours!? That's not good...
 

wdq

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Can you do SSH or anything else on it? Is it truly just a web browser?
There is an SSH client that you can access using the Control + Alt + T keyboard shortcut, and then typing in shell (at least if the device is in developer mode).
 

ihatetonyy

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A friend has one; he uses it quite a bit. If you're a student, it's a good cheap laptop to take around without worrying (well, worrying too much, anyway) about banging it up or possibly damaging/losing it.

If you're well-invested in Google services (Hangouts, Docs, the whole nine yards) then it's even better.

My understanding is you can also install Arch or Chrubuntu on here for a full-featured desktop, though the ARM limitations apply.
 

shovenose

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They have an SSH app that works quiet well.

Or you can put it in developer mode and use it like Linux.
 

clarity

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I am guessing the performance with Linux would be similar to that of a Raspberry Pi. If so, I will pass on it. The notebook that I use now has low-end enough processor for me!
 

JayCawb

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Mines been powered on for about 18 days without needing a reboot, and I use it probably 1 - 2 hours per day. SSH is better than putty or even using SSH on linux, I just love the ease of use tbh.
 

MannDude

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If the battery would last at least 20 hours I would buy it. But 6 hours for browser only...
Is it really that bad?

That'd hardly be worth lugging around, even if it's lightweight. I thought it'd make a nice travel companion, but an hour or so waiting for your flight + a flight with WiFi and you're battery is dead before you land. Might as well just use a smart phone then.
 

Ivan

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Mines been powered on for about 18 days without needing a reboot, and I use it probably 1 - 2 hours per day. SSH is better than putty or even using SSH on linux, I just love the ease of use tbh.
That sounds good. I wonder if installing a Linux distribution on it would kill the battery faster though.
 

Aldryic C'boas

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I'd thought about a Chromebook, but ended up going with a TF300T instead.. with the keyboard dock, it replaced my old netbook rather nicely




Full 10" Android tablet as well as the keyboard (the dock is also a second battery.. I can easily go 4-5 days of occasional use without a charge - or at least 7 hours solid without it dying on me.. haven't used it steady longer than that yet).


There's even a version of ConnectBot (for those of you familiar with that app) designed specifically for the TF300's hardware keyboard. Works like a charm. Pretty much my -only- complaints are 1) lack of ethernet port (yeah, I can get an adapter I suppose), and 2) Android's lack of a 'real' linux terminal. But as a non-primary netbook, it's perfect.


My biggest hesitation on Chromebooks was.. just how 'married' to Google are you by using one? Yeah yeah, Android.. but I cooked in a custom ROM on my tablet, and pretty much no data goes back to Google now.
 
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