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Got a Samsung Google Chromebook 11.6 for testing

  1. #11


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    I'd rather use my little ass touch screen that I can tap type with real fast and pretty accurately in my mobile Office 2010 hub with Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and OneNote with NO ads over buying a separate web based device that I'd probably use from time to time.

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    That is fine, I don't like using my phone for hours at a time when i do forum stufff in the evening. My desktop computer is in the basement. The chromebook works perfect for this in my livingroom..for me at least.

    Unsure why you mentioned ads..there are none in the chromebook.

    It is all a matter of choice, preference and perceived value. I have a very capable smartphone, provided by my employer that I am required to carry 24x7. I am out with my kids right now, they are playing and I am using my phone to hammer out this post. But even with Swype installed, I'm far slower than I am with a real keyboard.

    At home, I am usually on my work provided laptop, which I am also required to carry each day. For 90% of my home use, this is what I use. I have a gaming desktop, but it is in my basement and I don't like to sit down there all night away from my family. There is no real good place upstairs for me to place a desktop computer.

    Last Christmas, we bought an Asus transformer tablet. We use that as a web appliance style device. My kids primarily use it for the web browser and to watch YouTube and Netflix. I use it sometimes for Facebook, my email and forums. But typing long responses on it is painfully slow compared to my speed and accuracy on a real keyboard. So, whenever I feel like typing, I set down the tablet and grab my laptop.

    So, here is where the chromebook comes in. Typing on this, compared to my phone or tablet is a delight. I am probably in the 60-80 words per minute arena. It's small and very light. It boots in under 10 seconds and wakes up from sleep on less than 2 seconds. It doesn't get hot our make any noise. It lasts for more than 6 hours. It handles about 90% of what I do on the internet from my livingroom. And it's only 249 bucks.

    I expected to not really care much for this device, but was pleasantly surprised when I actually sat down and put it through its paces. For the price and the amount of forum posting that I do, it has been truly excellent. It's not the best device in the world, but for my needs it provides tremendous bang for the buck.

    Earlier, you said you would spend twice as much and buy a surface tablet instead. Now you say, you would just rather use your Windows 8 phone rather than spend more money on a web surfing device. So, which is it? It is it a case of you would rather just buy all of the MS devices and just bag on the alternatives. That is how I see it.
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  3. #13


    I had to repair an Acer mini-something or other day and I just could not get myself to like it. I guess I'm just not a netbook/tablet kind of person. Keypad was too small, screen was too small, the CPU and RAM was too slow but surfing the web seemed responsive.
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  4. #14


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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    That is fine, I don't like using my phone for hours at a time when i do forum stufff in the evening. My desktop computer is in the basement. The chromebook works perfect for this in my livingroom..for me at least.

    Unsure why you mentioned ads..there are none in the chromebook.

    It is all a matter of choice, preference and perceived value. I have a very capable smartphone, provided by my employer that I am required to carry 24x7. I am out with my kids right now, they are playing and I am using my phone to hammer out this post. But even with Swype installed, I'm far slower than I am with a real keyboard.

    At home, I am usually on my work provided laptop, which I am also required to carry each day. For 90% of my home use, this is what I use. I have a gaming desktop, but it is in my basement and I don't like to sit down there all night away from my family. There is no real good place upstairs for me to place a desktop computer.

    Last Christmas, we bought an Asus transformer tablet. We use that as a web appliance style device. My kids primarily use it for the web browser and to watch YouTube and Netflix. I use it sometimes for Facebook, my email and forums. But typing long responses on it is painfully slow compared to my speed and accuracy on a real keyboard. So, whenever I feel like typing, I set down the tablet and grab my laptop.

    So, here is where the chromebook comes in. Typing on this, compared to my phone or tablet is a delight. I am probably in the 60-80 words per minute arena. It's small and very light. It boots in under 10 seconds and wakes up from sleep on less than 2 seconds. It doesn't get hot our make any noise. It lasts for more than 6 hours. It handles about 90% of what I do on the internet from my livingroom. And it's only 249 bucks.

    I expected to not really care much for this device, but was pleasantly surprised when I actually sat down and put it through its paces. For the price and the amount of forum posting that I do, it has been truly excellent. It's not the best device in the world, but for my needs it provides tremendous bang for the buck.

    Earlier, you said you would spend twice as much and buy a surface tablet instead. Now you say, you would just rather use your Windows 8 phone rather than spend more money on a web surfing device. So, which is it? It is it a case of you would rather just buy all of the MS devices and just bag on the alternatives. That is how I see it.
    I mention ads as google's free online services have amounts of advertising off your personal data like email. I wouldn't see that with Office mobile or even Office 2013 RT, which by the way, I finally was able to try Office 2013 on a tablet PC, it really impressed me how well it worked with touch.

    For me, I just want a keyboard to tap on. I HATE using swype, it confuses me and makes me think I'm spelling wrong. I wonder, have you tried using a touch keyboard on a Windows 8 tablet PC? I've never had good luck with the ipad's touch board or android's touch boards at all, as it feels awkward and sometimes feels like you're not hitting things correctly. But when I tried out typing with Windows 8's touch keyboard, it was near perfection. Even on a 10.6 inch screen, though a bit cramped, I was able to type pretty quickly and accurately.

    It's Windows Phone 8, sorry, I have to say that as it's a peeve of mine. Well, if I had to choice between a chromebook or my Windows Phone, I'd just stick with my phone. My reason's being are that it's more of niche use than a general purpose. I can type pretty fast as it is on my current phone as it seems like Microsoft has really stuck a good touch keyboard on their products, at least for me. If I needed to do a Word document, I'd do it on my phone and continue it on my PC. I have little need to spend 250 dollars for something to run the chrome browser and a keyboard. But, if given the choice between a chromebook and a Surface RT tablet, I pick the Surface RT tablet. My reason being is that it's more bang for buck. It packs a pretty full fleshed Office Home and Student version that works real well with touch. It also has a larger screen for touch typing. Shoot, I probably could use my wireless solar paneled Logitech keyboard with it as it's a modern device that probably will work with the RT. I could just find an extra Logitech wireless receiver, pop it into the USB port, and take my keyboard from my desktop and use it with the tablet propped up on its kickstand. That, and I can use some neat apps with it, take notes with it, take video, have a Skype, print something, and on. It's more like a PC-lite than anything, and that's something I'd rather have over a pure internet device. I wonder again, is printing supported on chromebooks?

    And I actually was thinking about this and using a chromebook over a smartphone because of the keyboard, it made me wonder if a wireless Bluetooth keyboard can be paired with such a smartphone...
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  5. #15


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    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    I'd just throw 250 dollars more and get a Windows RT tablet. But that's just me!
    No offence , but you don't even pay for your Windows 8 yet. It's easy to say I will throw $ 250 more for a surface , I will throw $ 1000 for a surface-pro, when it's time to pay, peoples look more at the price tag.
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  6. #16


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    Quote Originally Posted by area 66 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    I'd just throw 250 dollars more and get a Windows RT tablet. But that's just me!
    No offence , but you don't even pay for your Windows 8 yet. It's easy to say I will throw $ 250 more for a surface , I will throw $ 1000 for a surface-pro, when it's time to pay, peoples look more at the price tag.
    Ahh, interesting as you say as I've already ordered my upgrade a couple days ago. I still don't get as to why that would be anything as I downloaded and installed a 90 day trial and didn't want to do another OS upheaval and gave me time to see what I can do with it and if all my programs work nicely with it.

    This is true that you do get what you pay for and people look price tags more. You get what you pay for. For 250 dollars, you get the chrome browser, a screen, and a keyboard a couple of I/O ports. For 500 with a Surface RT, you have more capability offered, and last I checked for 500 dollars for Windows RT, a nicely built tablets and 12,000 different supported devices; I go for the latter, but that's just new.
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  7. #17


    Yeah for my purposes I will save the 250. Surface RT just doesn't make enough sense to make it worth the extra investment for what I am trying to do. I already have a tablet and don't really want another. Like the saying goes, sometimes less is more.
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  8. #18


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    A lot of peoples do nothing else than browse on the web. I have a guy who just use the free Linux base OS "Express Gate" than come with is Asus motherboard, it boot in 5 seconds only and it as a Browser ( firefox I think ) , Skype and he even have is photos.
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