So I'm looking to get a new laptop for my summer classes and for the coming school year.. I need primarily Web surfing and some document creating /editing and I feel a chromebook would be a good fit..
Sounds like a CB would have you covered there. The only things you'd need "a better office software suite" for are macros, heavy formatting, "extra fancy" formulas, and others I'm sure are out there which I never knew existed.
I've never tried taking a Google Office file and downloading the raw file itself. As somebody who likes going through file explorer utilities, I would like that flexibility, and never tried that. AFAIK, you can just right click and download the file to local drive?
Would u say they are worth the money?
I paid $190 shipped for a refurbished HP Chromebook 14. For internet, light+ level Office documents, it's impressive.
Are you guys happy with your purchases?
Yes. That said, I still spend more of my time on my desktop PC even when the CB is around. I do have ebook study materials and my notes in Google Documents, which I'm not going to bother transferring to my PC since 1) I'm lazy, 2) I have a greater tendency to goof off and not get work done there, and 3) it remains mobile, which is nice since I attend a study group for some of those materials. Great battery life, and works mostly out of the box. For mine, I had to send it in (for free, still under warranty) to fix a column of keys (8ik,]) that only worked part of the time. HP sent it back repaired within a week or so. Not too bad as I anticipated they were going to drag their feet on that.
I've heard a lot of people hating on chromebooks . I'm looking into the Toshiba chromebook 2 or the Asus chromebook 13..what are your guys opinion and I'm also wondering if the scaling on the Toshiba book is still really small because of the 1080p screen or has this been addressed? thanks!
Hater are going to hate. Alas, this is true with a lot of things, and since folks are different, they'll be right and wrong. Note how I or any of us use our CB, and see if that fits any other requirements you may have.
No comment on those models. Somebody else will have to chime in, as I'm only on HP.