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Thoughts on Chromebooks

mystery250 5,790 974 June 8, 2016 at 02:51 PM
I've always had Windows computers. I do have a small netbook that I threw Linux Mint on, but that's irrelevant for this post.

I'm debating buying an 11" Chromebook. How easy is it to learn to use? is it too small to type efficiently as I'm a blogger and oftentimes type emails that can ramble on for twenty pages?

I know there's a Netflix app, but is it able to pay videos consistently without excessive lag?

More specifically, I'm looking at buying the following Chromebook. I trust Slickdealers more than I do the average Amazon reviewers.

Thanks!



Acer Chromebook CB3-131-C3SZ

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Resize a browser chrome window to 1366x768 and decide if you can do everything you want from within only that. Personally I have a hard time putting up with anything less than 1600x900.

I don't think people are reading your 20 page emails in their entirety.
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Resize a browser chrome window to 1366x768 and decide if you can do everything you want from within only that. Personally I have a hard time putting up with anything less than 1600x900.

I don't think people are reading your 20 page emails in their entirety.
I might have exaggerated slightly about the length of those emails, it's entirely based on how interested I am in what is being discussed.

I believe the longest in the last year was roughly 15000 words, for what it's worth, which is probably naught.

I'll try that when I get home on my computer.

Thanks for the advice.
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Chromebooks are simple to use. It's pretty much a browser with the google suite, any 'app' you download just takes you to a website really. With that being said- 11 inch is a pretty small screen. If you use it alot you might get frustrated with the size, I'd make sure your fine with it. It also has a smaller resolution because of the smaller screen like jkee said.

If I were you, I'd check out the Acer CB3 431 C5EX 14". it's a little more expensive but it's a 14 inch screen and is all aluminum. It also has the 1920x1080 screen.
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Chromebooks are simple to use. It's pretty much a browser with the google suite, any 'app' you download just takes you to a website really. With that being said- 11 inch is a pretty small screen. If you use it alot you might get frustrated with the size, I'd make sure your fine with it. It also has a smaller resolution because of the smaller screen like jkee said.

If I were you, I'd check out the Acer CB3 431 C5EX 14". it's a little more expensive but it's a 14 inch screen and is all aluminum. It also has the 1920x1080 screen.
That one doesv look a lot more like what I'd be looking for, but I'm on a fixed income, so the less expensive the better.

I did go to a few Wal-Mart's looking for their hisense Chromebook to no avail.
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That one doesv look a lot more like what I'd be looking for, but I'm on a fixed income, so the less expensive the better.

I did go to a few Wal-Mart's looking for their hisense Chromebook to no avail.
Whats your budget? If its under $200 you probably wont be able to get much other than a chromebook.
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Yeah. I figure that much. Honestly though, I doubt I'll use whatever I get for much beyond web browsing and writing with, so it's somewhat a moot issue.

I can't afford a laptop that would be adequate for image editing/processing, so I'll stick to doing that at home with my desktop.

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Whats your budget? If its under $200 you probably wont be able to get much other than a chromebook.
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I use two super cheap 11.6 Chromebooks as my primary laptops and back them up with a 11.6" Windows machine. Super light weight, very portable and I find the keyboards very good. I like the fact that my first Chromebook is now 5 years old and just as fast and trouble free as the day I purchased it.
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If I were you, I'd check out the Acer CB3 431 C5EX 14". it's a little more expensive but it's a 14 inch screen and is all aluminum. It also has the 1920x1080 screen.
That's the one that was on sale last week for $270 (from $300). I'd still buy it without the sale, though. The only thing it doesn't have is the Intel i3 CPU that is recommended. What do you think?

Also, is Chrome really that good on a Chromebook? I've got a Dell Desktop 8700, 12 GB Ram, Win 10. Will the browsing experience of Chrome be better on a Chromebook? I need A LOT of tabs opened at once and they tend to crash after 12 when using Multi-Login. This is the main reason I'm looking into a Chromebook. For faster browsing, better tab stability.
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That's the one that was on sale last week for $270 (from $300). I'd still buy it without the sale, though. The only thing it doesn't have is the Intel i3 CPU that is recommended. What do you think?

Also, is Chrome really that good on a Chromebook? I've got a Dell Desktop 8700, 12 GB Ram, Win 10. Will the browsing experience of Chrome be better on a Chromebook? I need A LOT of tabs opened at once and they tend to crash after 12 when using Multi-Login. This is the main reason I'm looking into a Chromebook. For faster browsing, better tab stability.
Are you thinking about the Acer Chromebook for work? Its probably better im sure, but also double the price. I've never had any real issues with chrome on my desktop, but if you are I'm sure it would be better on the Chromebook. However its probably something funky with your machine that's causing Chrome to crash.
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I don't know about your netbook, but my Acer Aspire One ZG5 has an 8.9-inch screen (not sure if it's running Linux Mint, Fedora, or Ubuntu; DE is Mate). Typing isn't a problem, but I got tired of 1024x600, 1 hr battery life, and crappy wifi, so I bought an HP Stream 11 to replace it. I'm happy. Runs Win 10 off the 32GB SSD, and Ubuntu off either an SD card or a tiny 64GB USB flash drive.
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I've always had Windows computers. I do have a small netbook that I threw Linux Mint on, but that's irrelevant for this post.

I'm debating buying an 11" Chromebook. How easy is it to learn to use? is it too small to type efficiently as I'm a blogger and oftentimes type emails that can ramble on for twenty pages?

I know there's a Netflix app, but is it able to pay videos consistently without excessive lag?

More specifically, I'm looking at buying the following Chromebook. I trust Slickdealers more than I do the average Amazon reviewers.

Thanks!



Acer Chromebook CB3-131-C3SZ
Not really a good test, but you can "sort of" simulate Chrome OS with this and get a rough idea how it works. http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/repl...cub-linux/

I have an Inspiron 11, I like the size and have no issue with the resolution.
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Chromebooks come in lots of different sizes and with vastly different specs. Of course the price depends on these factors. There are Chromebook models that struggle with lots of tabs and some that don't. Pay close attention to the processor and read reviews on various models to see how they perform.

I have a Toshiba Chromebook 2 CB35-B3400 which has a beautiful 13.3" 1080p IPS display but it has a mediocre processor. I've only been using it for reading PDF documents and it has been great for that. There was a deal posted yesterday (now expired) for the updated version of mine: Toshiba Chromebook 2 CB35-C3300 - $288.85 @ Amazon. This post let me to this article which was interesting http://thewirecutter.com/reviews/...hromebook/
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This post let me to this article which was interesting http://thewirecutter.com/reviews/...hromebook/
Thank you for posting that. Love how they provided all those updates. It does leave questions. I'm not sure I feel confident in buying Toshiba. Maybe wait for the Dell Chromebook 13 to go on sale? Since they seem to suggest that one is good, too. But costs upwards of $430.
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