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    Quote Originally Posted by buffee View Post
    I had No idea there were so many different chromebooks. I would probably go with Samsung, because I like the brand.....and ACER products appear cheap to me. My question is I am a writer and it is exhausting getting up in the middle of the night and waiting for my desk top to boot up, frankly by that time I have forgotten what I want to write. I have a tablet but the keyboard really isn't practical for writing anything of great length. In the last week, I have just been making handwritten dialogue notes in a notebook. I like this chromebook because it boots up in 10 seconds????? Does it have Microsoft Works ability? I know about google drive, can I just do some writing on that and save it, I'd love to know if this notebook has programs that would benefit my writing. I transfer any notes I make to my desktop manuscript the following day. I appreciate any advice. thanks~
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    REALLY????? sigh!!!!! I asked about the chromebook. Frankly taking my desktop into bed with me is not an option. I was so hoping for some actual feedback on the question I asked.....sigh!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChromeJob View Post
    Unfortunately, the Bluetooth mouse and Wacom BT tablet I've tried to pair to the Chromebook fail to get added. Chromebook seems finicky about that.
    My Apple wireless keyboard (bluetooth) works great but the Apple trackpad doesn't. It pairs but the pointer skips around and it stops responding at random times for about 10 seconds. I "solved" that by plugging in a wireless mouse. Smooth as can be now, just have to use the USB 3.0 port for it. The 2.0 port doesn't work as well for some reason. Odd. Also it doesn't work with my Dell monitor. It outputs the wrong resolution and the monitor says it can't use it. Other than two things I've enjoyed my time with it, even though it's only been two days. I like it best for doing things that I need a keyboard for (like this forum) but don't feel like firing up the Mac. I have my iPad mini for most things but if I'm going to do some typing and don't feel like using the HTC One, I open the lid and 10 seconds later I'm online and working.
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    I got the Chromebook about a week ago, and I absolutely love it. I'm not a power user, so the GApps suite works perfectly. I use it mainly to take notes in class and to do some basic word processing/web surfing when I'm out of the dorm.

    I was choosing between this and the MacBook Air. I went with this not only because it was cheaper, but also because it was much smaller. You can see a size comparison here:
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    Yeah I got tired of waiting for anyone to actually ANSWER MY QUESTION so I just bought it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by buffee View Post
    Does it have Microsoft Works ability? I
    No. Just stuff that runs in the Chrome browser...

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    Quote Originally Posted by buffee View Post
    REALLY????? sigh!!!!! I asked about the chromebook. Frankly taking my desktop into bed with me is not an option. I was so hoping for some actual feedback on the question I asked.....sigh!
    Quote Originally Posted by buffee View Post
    Yeah I got tired of waiting for anyone to actually ANSWER MY QUESTION so I just bought it.
    With an attitude like that, don't expect people to fall over themselves trying to help. Reap what you sow.

    So what'd you get? Samsung, Acer, ...? Hows it working for you? I use mine similar to what you mentioned, immediate power-on and writing. Also use mine for cue cards when I record videos....
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    I ordered mine from Amazon on Tuesday and it was delivered Thursday. WOW!!! you just open the lid and it boots....love the keys, writing is so cool. Was kind of shocked that Picassa wasn't on it..aren't thet google? I wish they would hav ehad a book..instead of the quick start.but I googled what I needed and found it.....cannot believe how light this thing is...and I wrote for 3 hours with it on my lap and it never got hot. I did notice it~when u charge it..it gets a little warm, but unplugged...wow I think it's going to work out great.


    BTW: my attitude?????? if someone asks a serious question and they are hoping(praying) in my case that they would get some feedback from "experts" and people just TOTALLY 100% IGNORE, the question you asked and give you some other info that has ZERO to do with your question....how is that helpful? I am not trying to be a bi-atch! but seriously if I ask about this chromebook and someone tells me try LINUX~ how is that helpful to what I asked..either they did not read my question or they just decided to toss that in.......
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    Who said anyone here were experts, with or without the sarcastic quotation marks. :rolleyes:
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    I've owned the Samsung Chromebook XE303 (Series 3) since late January, and I really like it. If you just want to browse the internet but actually do some typing when you are doing that browsing (like posting on message boards), the chromebook is nearly perfect.

    Incidentally, I also own three Android OS devices and I do NOT like Android, mainly because all 3 devices seem to have performance issues of some sort. (One of them is a pure Android OS Galaxy Nexus and the other is a nearly pure Android OS Transformer Pad 300.) I don't intend to ever buy another Android OS device unless I'm forced to do so.
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    I'm really looking into buying a Chromebook. I really like the fact that it comes with 100GBs of cloud storage. I like that the screen is larger than a tablet. I also am looking forward to having a device with a physical keyboard. I have used an iPad as my main computing device and it has sufficed, but the typing experience is slow.

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    I've been looking at the chrome books for a few weeks now on and off trying to read up on them and convince myself into trying one. Been reading through these postings and the generally positive comments have got me thinking harder on trying one. Most here appear to be discussing the Samsung. I've looked at it and the Acer at Best Buy and am undecided if there is $50 worth of reasons to select the Samsung? I know the Acer you can now get with a 16 SSD like the Samsung. To me that makes much more sense on these machines than that 320 GB standard drive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guidos Dad View Post
    I've been looking at the chrome books for a few weeks now on and off trying to read up on them and convince myself into trying one. Been reading through these postings and the generally positive comments have got me thinking harder on trying one. Most here appear to be discussing the Samsung. I've looked at it and the Acer at Best Buy and am undecided if there is $50 worth of reasons to select the Samsung? I know the Acer you can now get with a 16 SSD like the Samsung. To me that makes much more sense on these machines than that 320 GB standard drive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guidos Dad View Post
    I've been looking at the chrome books for a few weeks now on and off trying to read up on them and convince myself into trying one. Been reading through these postings and the generally positive comments have got me thinking harder on trying one. Most here appear to be discussing the Samsung. I've looked at it and the Acer at Best Buy and am undecided if there is $50 worth of reasons to select the Samsung? I know the Acer you can now get with a 16 SSD like the Samsung. To me that makes much more sense on these machines than that 320 GB standard drive.

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    When deciding between the $200 Acer version and the $250 Samsung version (I assume the larger HP version is not under consideration), the key things to think about are 1) weight, 2) battery life, and 3) cost. The Acer chromebook is 3.1 pounds and the Samsung chromebook is 2.4 pounds, not an insignificant difference. Additionally, the Acer chromebook has roughly half the battery life of the Samsung chromebook, or at least the 320 GB HD version did. (I'm unsure if there are any battery life differences between the 320 GB HD and 16 GB SSD Acer chromebooks.) To me, the weight and battery life made the Samsung Series 3 version worth the extra $50, but other people may feel differently.

    In all seriousness, if I were you I'd go to Best Buy or someplace similar that sells the chromebooks and compare them in person. (Every Best Buy I've been in over the last 6 months has carried both the Acer and Samsung chromebooks, or more accurately has them on display.) You probably won't be able to use them too much because Best Buy does a terrible job of maintaining the display models, but you can compare the weight and look of the two chromebooks. In addition to what I said above, IMO the Samsung chromebook looks a little nicer than the Acer chromebook.

    One other thing I'll note more generally about chromebooks is that I think they are distinctly superior to tablets in the "casual internet use" category that both devices fall in. The fact that chromebooks have "real" browsers and not mobile browsers is a big plus for chromebooks relative to tablets IMO (in addition to the physical keyboards, larger screen, and lower cost relative to 10" tablets).
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    Just picked up my Chromebook today. I really like it.

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    Just got my Samsung Chromebook yesterday. Love everything about it except for the fact that I can't use my work VDI from it, despite there being a Citrix Receiver app available on the Chrome Store. I'll just have to get by with OWA for the time being (or use my big honkin' Windows laptop when I need to get to the VDI) and press my IT guys to figure out a way to make it work. I gave my 11" MacBook Air to my girlfriend, because she has an iPhone and needs a real OS and hard drive in her on-the-go laptop. This device is almost identical in form factor to the MBA (except for the less capable but still good trackpad and the backlit keyboard), and it can do everything except VDI that I was actually using the MBA for.

    Highly recommend this device for $250.
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    I bought a refurbished Chromebook through Amazon and having had a Nexus 7 for a year and also have a 14" Windows laptop. I really just wanted to spend under $200 to see what a Chromebook was all about. I have to agree that the Chromebook is not getting the attention from Google I had hoped. Its a striped down Linux with a Chrome browser. This limits its functions and abilities when it really should not have too. A little better Linux and you could plug and play printers, run other software from other sources in the Linux community and make it more usable.
    Instead Google has chosen to lock it to their own ecosystem and that would not be so bad if they could get more developers to get on board. Its kind of sad when I am glad I did not pay $250 for it.
    I cannot imagine why anyone would spend $1200 on a Pixel? Its a very nice PC but if I did buy a Pixel I would dump Chrome OS and install a "real" Linux version on it. That's just me and I cannot fault the Samsung Chromebook on what it does. Other then I find it tends to freeze occasionally on heavy processing like HD video. I suspect thanks to the passive cooling design (no fan) the Chromebook just gets a bit too warm. Probably because the ARM like processor is a fine choice for a smaller device but not so much for a notebook. Maybe more vents would have allowed a bit more air flow? Don't get me wrong, the Chromebook could very easily satisfy many consumers who surf the web, email and watch SD video's. Plus it does those things pretty well for little money.
    But it reminds me of the whole Netbook thing and at least those netbook's had a "real" operating system with Windows XP. Chromebook is much less of a OS and for anyone familiar with a PC the Chromebook will leave many wanting more function. I know it has me.
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    The nice thing about Acer is it has a traditional hard drive and a Intel processor rather then the ARM in the Chromebook. The Acer would be much easier to convert over to a full Linux distro or even Windows. Plus the hard drive would provide much more storage space for those operating systems. For me having a Samsung Chromebook your pretty much stuck with what you have.
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    Got the new Chromebook series 3 by Samsung/ Google and was wondering if it is just me or did I actually notice two different keyboard layouts??!!! One of them the most obvious difference is the enter key is "L" shaped, while the one I bought is rectangular kind of like the one on a macbook air. The other difference is red lettering on some of the keys. Are these older and newer versions of the series 3 samsung chromebook and if so what may be the other differences apart from the keyboard. BTW I completely love the new chromebooks but have notices a slight pixelation or VGA issue when viewing video or turning the screen on? Anyone else notice this?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChromeJob View Post
    I've used mine for a month and i find it satisfactory for a sofa pc. Think of a device that is little more than the Chrome browser . Chrome apps, ok. Web stuff, ok. Drive, okay. Youtube, ok. It's decidedly Google - centric, imagine that.

    Java, no. Ssh, no. Ftp, no. Photo editing, don't make me laugh. Games meh, Cut The Rope complained about the processor. I can actually do more with my Nexus 7 and all the top tier apps than this.

    That said, once or twice a day I need a real browser. And this connects to my LED TV easy. If spending $250 is something you can just as soon do as pass wind, go for it. Otherwise, this is only a so-so netbook. Like a lot of Google stuff, I think this is still in Beta, and we're all testers.

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    There is currently a web app for just about every type of software that you can use on a traditional platform. Not as feature rich, but for most people more than adequate and getting better every day. Pixlr Editor replaces Adobe Photoshop and Sumo Paint replaces Adobe Illustrator for some examples. Just search the Chrome Webstore for extensions or apps to serve your needs. They're in there. As a Google Apps for Business user, I have been using a Chromebox for 6 months and personally haven't needed anything that the Chrome OS can't provide.
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    Quote Originally Posted by buffee View Post
    I ordered mine from Amazon on Tuesday and it was delivered Thursday. WOW!!! you just open the lid and it boots....love the keys, writing is so cool. Was kind of shocked that Picassa wasn't on it..aren't thet google? I wish they would hav ehad a book..instead of the quick start.but I googled what I needed and found it.....cannot believe how light this thing is...and I wrote for 3 hours with it on my lap and it never got hot. I did notice it~when u charge it..it gets a little warm, but unplugged...wow I think it's going to work out great.


    BTW: my attitude?????? if someone asks a serious question and they are hoping(praying) in my case that they would get some feedback from "experts" and people just TOTALLY 100% IGNORE, the question you asked and give you some other info that has ZERO to do with your question....how is that helpful? I am not trying to be a bi-atch! but seriously if I ask about this chromebook and someone tells me try LINUX~ how is that helpful to what I asked..either they did not read my question or they just decided to toss that in.......
    I like how you b*tch about people not answering your question but chrome clearly asked you what chromebook OEM you purchased and you completely ignored even though you read the post. F***ing hypocrite.

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    It's cheap, lightweight with great battery life and good for traveling. I can watch videos on the moving or movies while traveling. I enjoy my
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