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    How are people liking their experience with Chromebooks? A friend of mine bought one of the early ones for his young daughter and he felt it was a bit of a pain to set up. But this was well over a year ago, maybe two years ago, I don't remember. Anyway, the $250 Sammy with SSD seems tempting as a light device to take with me to a cafe or to leave in the living room as a second screen during TV watching. Of course I've got tablets for both of those functions. But often when I go to cafe on the weekends I'm going there to do some writing and I'd like a physical keyboard. I can bring my work laptop home, but that means schlepping that back and forth. My GF pretty much has taken over my 2007 Macbook. So I don't really even consider that an option.

    I know the Chromebook's limitations. But within the limitations of just using the web and google apps, how well does that work?

    One option that I have is I can Citrix back into my work system. If I can do that on a Chromebook, then I'm basically connected to a virtual Windows 7 PC. I don't see why I wouldn't be able to do that since it is a web based client. But maybe there are power issues or perhaps the Citrix client app doesn't run on Chrome OS. I can't recall if the first time you log in but I think I need to download something from Citrix.
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    I'm very happy with the chromebook. The keyboard is great, and anytime I need to type anything of significance, this is my go-to device. I still prefer my Asus tablet for media and games, but the chromebook has easily replaced my laptop that died. I don't know if it works with Citrix, so I can't help you there, but the more I use it, the more I like it.
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    You can try Ericom's AccessNow for Citrix. It's an HTML5 RDP client that allows Chromebook users to connect to Windows desktops and applications hosted on Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop and run them inside a browser tab.

    Setup is very fast and very simple, and doesn't require any changes on the Citrix backend (other than installing a small server component on the target hosts). And there's nothing to install on the Chromebooks themselves.

    Here's more info:
    http://www.ericom.com/AccessNowForCitrix

    Please note that I work for Ericom
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    I just bought the Samsung Chromebook XE303 (the series 3 version selling for $249) last night, and it was extraordinarily easy to set up. I plugged it in, set my device password, entered my Gmail password, and I was pretty much ready to go.

    I'll also note two-fingered scrolling works pretty well on the Samsung Chromebook.
    Android smartphones: Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Motorola Droid 2
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    Quote Originally Posted by CHIP72 View Post
    I just bought the Samsung Chromebook XE303 (the series 3 version selling for $249) last night, and it was extraordinarily easy to set up. I plugged it in, set my device password, entered my Gmail password, and I was pretty much ready to go.

    I'll also note two-fingered scrolling works pretty well on the Samsung Chromebook.
    I agree with the setup. It was the easiest thing to do even easier than setting up the iPad. Also agree about the two finger scrolling. It is one of the best purchases I've made this year outside of my Nexus 4.

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    Bought a Samsung from Amazon refurbished for under $200. Came to me looking like new? Must have been from another unhappy user? I like it enough to keep it but its certainly no revolutionary device. Its gets a bit sluggish loading heavy media on web pages and don't open a lot of tabs. Video in SD plays nice but don't try to do much else or the video stutters at times. It reminds a lot of the netbook's with Windows XP on them. Although I think I prefer that over having a limited functioning OS like Chrome. The Acer machine with Chrome on it is better because it has a Intel CPU which offers more options to install a Linux or even Windows OS if you decide Chrome OS is not so great. The Samsung has a ARM processor like is in phones and tablets and it makes for much less options and besides that the Samsung has a SSD drive that's small (it is fast though) and the Acer has a decent size hard drive. Making the Acer a better choice for duel boot or switching OS.
    With what I paid the Samsung is a decent enough Chromebook but it lacks some in hardware and in the OS. Sad to say I would not pay $250 for one. Buy the Acer for less and maybe put Ubuntu on it.

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