Moving to the dark side (Chrome book)

kcmjr1972

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I am giving serious thought to replacing my aging (10+ y/o windows 7) desktop with a Chrome book. I am not a power user by any use of the term. I only have a desktop because at the time I needed a blu-ray burner. I don't need that any more. I use google apps to keep most of my data online, google docs, photos, etc.etc.etc. I do have a few questions.
1. Can I cast to my chromecast with a chromebook, it would seem to make sense that it could cast.
2. Can I attach an external hard drive with mp4 movies stored on it to a Chromebook? I converted all my dvd and blu-ray movies to mp4 format and they are stored on my desktop hard drive.
3. I have a wifi capable printer will it work with a Chromebook?
 

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Welcome to Android Central! I am a Chromebook zealot -- I think you'll love it!

1. Can I cast to my chromecast with a chromebook, it would seem to make sense that it could cast.

Absolutely. Many sites already have a dedicated Cast button, but if you don't see one (like with YouTube Music), you can always use the Chrome browser's Cast Tab option.

2. Can I attach an external hard drive with mp4 movies stored on it to a Chromebook? I converted all my dvd and blu-ray movies to mp4 format and they are stored on my desktop hard drive.

I've never tried it myself with a HDD or SSD, but it should be fine: https://support.google.com/chromebook/answer/183093?hl=en

3. I have a wifi capable printer will it work with a Chromebook?

Should work fine.

BTW, I think Chrome OS is on the side of the Jedi.:p Enjoy!
 

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kcmjr1972, I'm on my second Chromebook (ASUS C523NA), and I can honestly say that I may never go back to Windows-based systems. To answer your second and third questions:

To both questions, YES. I have an external hard drive full of pictures (and other things), and it works just fine when I plug it into an available USB port on my Chromebook. As to the wifi capable printer, I have one of those, as well (Canon MG3600 series), and I can tell you it works just fine.
 

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Ime, quite a few websites will not function, especially for security system web pages. Otherwise, it's a good internet surfer.
 

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kcmjr1972, I'm on my second Chromebook (ASUS C523NA), and I can honestly say that I may never go back to Windows-based systems. To answer your second and third questions:

To both questions, YES. I have an external hard drive full of pictures (and other things), and it works just fine when I plug it into an available USB port on my Chromebook. As to the wifi capable printer, I have one of those, as well (Canon MG3600 series), and I can tell you it works just fine.

A Windows machine would have shown the original post date, just sayin.

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Aw come on, it's WAY more than just an internet surfer.:) That criticism was valid when ChromeOS first came out, but they're so much more versatile now.

And post dates are visible -- it's a Chrome browser, after all.