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Got a Samsung Google Chromebook 11.6 for testing

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    Got a Samsung Google Chromebook 11.6 for testing


    Tonight I sit here typing up my responses on a Samsung Chromebook 11.6". I was extremely skeptical at first, but I gotta say, for the $250....I am really digging this device.

    It's cheap enough that nobody would expect it to be a full fledged laptop and do what standard laptops can do. Therefore, it's easy to accept it's limitations and use it for what it is. I understand that there isn't much you can do on the device if you don't have an Internet connection (well you can do Offline Google Docs)...but because this is a device for mostly web surfing and is $250...that's easy to get past.

    It seems to be built pretty well. I wish the resolution was higher than 1386x768...but it's an 11.6" screen...so you cannot ask for too much. It's got 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. It has HDMI out, USB 2.0 port, USB 3.0 port, Headphone and Microphone jack. SDCard slot, and a SIM card slot in the back for future cellular options. The battery seems to last 6-8 hours, and it charges in about 30-45 minutes. It weights about 2.5lbs and the keyboard is a chicklet style like a MacBook. It boots up in about 12 seconds from being powered off, and is on in about 3 seconds from sleep. The touchpad itself isn't all that great, and the fact that you have to press with 2 fingers to right click is a bit odd.....but all in all it's usable.

    It's perfect for my home web surfing. Can check email, facebook, these forums, listen to Amazon MP3 cloud player, etc. The kids love it for watching YouTube videos. It's like a tablet, but without having to use a touchscreen and an onboard keyboard. I can type just fine on this keyboard and i'm so much faster than I would be with my tablet or smartphone.

    All in all, pretty slick little device. Does exactly what I would want a lightweight netbook to do, and it costs what I would expect for a device of this type.

    Edit: Forgot to mention, you get 100GB of Google Drive space free for 2 years when you purchase a ChromeBook.

    Edit2: And it's FANLESS..and I love quiet computers.

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    Ew. chrome OS. Not a big fan of cloud based services like that.

    I'd just throw 250 dollars more and get a Windows RT tablet. But that's just me!

    I have to wonder though, does it look like the UI was inspired by Windows 7? I've seen some screenshots of it and it just looks a like Linux version of 7.
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    Can't beat getting a device for tinkering on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Ew. chrome OS. Not a big fan of cloud based services like that.
    It's really nothing more than a web browser that requires the Internet for most things. But since most people use email, facebook, twitter, YouTube, and forum sites...and they require the Internet anyway...it's no big deal.

    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!
    Well, of course you would. However, for me, the $250 and the functionality of this device is pretty spot on. You would have to go to $600 for a Surface RT with a keyboard. That's another $350 more than what was spent on this device. It gets my gmail, it gets on the Internet, does Facebook, plays Amazon MP3's, has Google Docs, can use Microsoft Office Web Apps, etc. That's quite a bit of money saved, and this is pretty much a full sized keyboard and it's quite easy to type on. Much better than any touchscreen interface I have tried to type on with any tablet.

    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    I have to wonder though, does it look like the UI was inspired by Windows 7? I've seen some screenshots of it and it just looks a like Linux version of 7.
    I don't spend much time on the desktop or in the UI. It's in the Browser 98% of that time and that looks just like Chrome....as that is what it is.
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    That Chromebook has USB 3.0? Darn it, why can't my Pavilion have it!
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    Yes, it does have USB 3.0
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    My angst against chrome books really comes down to what most of the cloud paranoid say: you have little control over your software and documents. I prefer using a more fleshed out Office version and keeping those files on my person, some in SkyDrive if I need to access it on my Windows Phone or elsewhere. It's just a little creepy for me. ESPECIALLY since it's google, if it were Microsoft I'd be a little less hesitant with it. Seeing how google has a good track record of user privacy concerns along with taking bits of personal data and using that to advertise better to YOU, and how they seem to try a tad too hard to look not evil, it's iffy to me.

    But then I have to wonder, what happens when you don't have internet?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    My angst against chrome books really comes down to what most of the cloud paranoid say: you have little control over your software and documents.
    Well in the case of this device, or tablets...you don't really have that much software anyway...you really are using web based applications and those change as the companies update.

    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    I prefer using a more fleshed out Office version and keeping those files on my person, some in SkyDrive if I need to access it on my Windows Phone or elsewhere.
    Even with a Chromebook, you could elect to use the Microsoft Web Apps and you can save to a USB key or the internal storage of the Chromebook if you wanted to. SkyDrive via the website works fine too. I just took a local file from the Chromebook and uploaded it into my SkyDrive account.

    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    But then I have to wonder, what happens when you don't have internet?
    Well, if I don't have Internet, I have no use for a device that will let me visit facebook, read my gmail or come to this forum...because they would all be unavailable as well. In the event you were using Google Docs or Google Drive...you can enable offline mode which keeps a cached copy of your documents local so you can work on them when you don't have Internet access.

    Remember, this isn't intended to be a full fledged computer. It's a $250 device that provides a solid web surfing experience. It comes with a real keyboard. For people like me who use Google Apps, Google Calendar and Gmail...everything is setup the second that I enter my password and hit enter. I won't keep files on this device, thus the device is completely disposable. If I lost the device, i would lose none of my information. You can reset it back to it's factory configuration in about 45 seconds.

    I won't get rid of my laptop or my desktop, but for just sitting in the chair and wanting to hit my forums, my email, facebook, YouTube and such...I'll gladly grab this device and use it. It's perfect for those things. And the price is not a big deal. I haven't touched my tablet at home since bringing home the ChromeBook.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    My angst against chrome books really comes down to what most of the cloud paranoid say: you have little control over your software and documents.
    Well in the case of this device, or tablets...you don't really have that much software anyway...you really are using web based applications and those change as the companies update.

    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    I prefer using a more fleshed out Office version and keeping those files on my person, some in SkyDrive if I need to access it on my Windows Phone or elsewhere.
    Even with a Chromebook, you could elect to use the Microsoft Web Apps and you can save to a USB key or the internal storage of the Chromebook if you wanted to. SkyDrive via the website works fine too. I just took a local file from the Chromebook and uploaded it into my SkyDrive account.

    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    But then I have to wonder, what happens when you don't have internet?
    Well, if I don't have Internet, I have no use for a device that will let me visit facebook, read my gmail or come to this forum...because they would all be unavailable as well. In the event you were using Google Docs or Google Drive...you can enable offline mode which keeps a cached copy of your documents local so you can work on them when you don't have Internet access.

    Remember, this isn't intended to be a full fledged computer. It's a $250 device that provides a solid web surfing experience. It comes with a real keyboard. For people like me who use Google Apps, Google Calendar and Gmail...everything is setup the second that I enter my password and hit enter. I won't keep files on this device, thus the device is completely disposable. If I lost the device, i would lose none of my information. You can reset it back to it's factory configuration in about 45 seconds.

    I won't get rid of my laptop or my desktop, but for just sitting in the chair and wanting to hit my forums, my email, facebook, YouTube and such...I'll gladly grab this device and use it. It's perfect for those things. And the price is not a big deal. I haven't touched my tablet at home since bringing home the ChromeBook.
    Interesting.

    But meh! I'd just use my Windows Phone!
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    Yeah,.because a tiny ass on screen touch keyboard is super awesome., I could be on my galaxy s3 as well, but I choose not to.
    Last edited by pparks1; 16 Nov 2012 at 11:38.
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