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Samsung Chromebook: 11.6" 1366x768, Atom E8000, 2GB RAM, 16GB eMMC EXPIRED

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Best Buy has Samsung 11.6" Chromebook (XE501C13-S01US) on sale for $89. Shipping is free, alternatively, store pickup is free. Thanks CChoiVA

Specs:
  • 11.6" 1366x768 Widescreen LED Display
  • Intel Atom E8000 Processor
  • 2GB LPDDR3 RAM
  • 16GB eMMC Storage
  • Wireless-AC Wi-Fi
  • 2-Cell Lithium-ion Battery
  • Google Chrome OS
  • Ports:
    • 1x USB 2.0
    • 1x USB 3.0
    • 1x HDMI
    • 1x Headphone Jack
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This screen hurts eyes...
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My primary computer is a desktop with Ryzen 3600, I'm just looking for something portable to pay bills, Netflix/Hulu, occasional Google Sheets, etc. Will this fit the bill? Not looking to spend a fortune since it's a secondary device.
Google Docs/Sheets, etc are a slog with underpowered chromebooks. I've bought and returned two sub $300 chromebooks (both had 4GB RAM, FYI) until finally biting the bullet on a higher end Acer that I'm happy with. You'll be fine for occasional use, but if you use Sheets multiple times a day you're going to be using a lot of curse words. It's not worth the hassle. At least you can take this back in-store if you can't deal with it.
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Just get an old used laptop or if you have an old slow laptop laying around, and change the os to Android x86. Android x86 is free open source. Turn any laptop into a chrome book.
Do you have a link? or are you talking "Cloud Ready"?
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Do you have a link? or are you talking "Cloud Ready"?
No cloud ready is something else. Android x86 is a full oreo Android OS built for laptops or pc. Just Google it friend. I know it brought life back into my out of date laptop and desktop.
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Do you have a link? or are you talking "Cloud Ready"?
I don't like cloud ready either. It's stripped down chromeOS. Not full Android OS
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what about unbuntu on this? might be a good learning machine.
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I have been using a chromebook as my primary device for about the last 6 years. I am currently on the 4gb version that is listed in this sale now.

This device is perfect for me because of the combination of, battery life, overall weight, and fully keyboard (vs just a tablet). This isn't a surface pro, I have used it for simple google sheets, online shopping, online bill pay, linking messaging from my phone with android, ect. 95% of what I use my laptop for personally happens inside of a web browser, generally just a few tabs at a time. For me, it's the perfect device at the price point. For others, it won't have the power or capability you are looking for.

About every 2-3 years I hop on to facebook and sell last year's version for around 100$ and buy a new version. They are pretty easy to sell in my market and generally go in under a day if they still work.
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If you are fine with waiting a bit for pages to load, this is an amazing deal. An $89 laptop with great battery life, you can't beat that, even used.
Again, this is a CPU from 2016, it is sloooowww. Keep that in mind, but it will play Netflix, and navigate to the webpages you want. It is comparable to a Snapdragon 800. So your phone probably has more processing power than this.
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If you don't open more than 4-5 windows at a time, 2GB is actually fine. That said, the $30 premium for the 4GB/32GB model is well worth it. The processor on the latter is a Celeron N3060. It's octane score is 8800, making it just about the slowest processor you can currently get in a chromebook. Again, though, this is still usable for light, everyday tasks, just not ideal.

It all depends on who you're getting this for, and why -- i.e., a cheap near throwaway that is still usable for a young kid or your first foray with a basic task machine for yourself at the lowest possible price.


As always, YMMV. It depends on your expectations/demands vs. how much money you want to part with.


Those of us who have been in the chromebook universe since jump street all mostly started with a 2GB/16GB config with a low octane score processor . . . and most of us were pleased and came back for more, so beware of numbers obsessed tech heads who insist you need more than you might.
Quite true. I have the Lenovo C330 and the only regret there is it is 720p not 1080. Other than that it has been amazing.

A tip if looking to get this, if the playstore app has a webpage instead, like Netflix, Hulu, et al that you can stream from use that, not the app. You can save the webpage as an app and it loads and looks better. Try to stick to Chrome OS plugins instead of using Android apps whenever possible.
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Do not buy this or the 4gb for android apps, you will regret it majorly. For grade school and light web usage, it's one of the best device made.
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Picked up and returned, end of support as printed on the box is June 2021.
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they have the 4 gig model available on the floor at Best Buy. I am looking at the box right now and it says it will receive updates until June of 2021. I guess then it becomes a non-secure paperweight? I don't want to spend $119 and then have it become obsolete in just a year and a half
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Been using this same Chromebook since they were $99 on BF a couple years ago. It's my main bedside surfer and streamer along with our cable tv app. As long as you have a good connection, you won't have any issues streaming. I even use mine outside by the pool on summer days for surfing and streaming. Honestly, blows an iPad away for this particular use case.

Works perfectly for what I use it for even with just 2gb of ram, no issues whatsoever unless you get tab crazy. A little later into the lifecycle, Samsung changed the look of it from the one I have (slim, black and textured) to a little more chunky and just drab grey. Same internals, but I feel the newer version doesn't feel as premium as mine does if you can say something that cost $99 feels premium. The screens are the same however and that's a good thing because this thing gets plenty bright for oudoor use even (in shade).

Also, battery life is spectacular even when streaming. I can go a full 8 hours at least, with combination of surfing/streaming before I start to even get nervous about the battery indicator. Truly, it does have at least a 10 hour battery.
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I bought 3 of the 4 gb version of this last year for $109 i think from BB over black friday or close to that....I can tell you the 4GB version has been flawless and I have a friend who picked up the 2GB and has had some frustrations with it. Spend the extra $30.
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Do not buy this or the 4gb for android apps, you will regret it majorly. For grade school and light web usage, it's one of the best device made.
Completely agree. I'm looking to replace mine and have yet to find one that can compete with this one on price.
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