NFR: Computer guys: Why should I/shouldn't I buy a Samsung Chromebook?

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  1. Vladimir Steblina

    Vladimir Steblina Retired Forester...now fishing instead of working

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    My daughter lives in Seattle so her internet connection is slow compared to Wenatchee. I did buy her a $300 netbook about a year and half ago at Costco. It has 4 gigs of RAM and a 500 gig hard drive. Everytime she comes to Wenatchee she does all her downloads. I would buy one of these if they are still available!!

    Ive, are you in Pend O'reille County or Stevens?? We have friends living in Pend O'reille county and they got fiber to their home this spring under the PUD. Don't miss this opportunity!!!! if available!!!

    It appears that you might have 1Gbps internet speeds available to you without moving to central Washington or Kansas.
     
  2. Patrick Gould

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    I was chatting with my wife about this thread. For entertainment purposes (the "toy" category) she would get an ipad, surface RT and chromebook in that order. For a device that's less than a full laptop but will do it all a Surface Pro is the best option. At the $199 price point there's only one decent option - the chromebook.
     
  3. Kent Lufkin

    Kent Lufkin Remember when you could remember everything?

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    Say Ive, weren't you just saying that your financial advisor said you should be spending more money? If so, why are you trying to pinch pennies by buying a Chromebook?

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  4. Old Man

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  6. IveofIone

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    Kent, you ask an obvious question. The short answer is that by being frugal in the past I am having a very secure and comfortable retirement now. Being careful with money and debt free is as much a habit with me as pissing away money and being in debt is a way of life for many Americans. I would never trade my comfort for their uncertainty.

    So now I tend to spend far more freely than I ever did in the past but dovetailing need with purchase price is an ever more daunting task. There is so much feature creep and bloatware associated with today's products that it is just maddening. We already have a full featured computer in the office that meets all of our requirements for managing finances, paying bills, ordering things, etc. It came with so much useless crap on it that it took a couple of days to finally strip the garbage out and get it to function right. I am not eager to do that again and what I guess I am really looking for is a toy that I can surf with but little more.

    Writing a check for the new computer isn't the problem-getting something that just meets my needs is. I don't want to pay for something that would make an IT person or a devout nerd happy but I would have virtually no need for myself. Paying for something you don't really need is a fool's errand at any level.

    Ive
     
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    In one word, Ive, Apple.
     
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  8. Stew McLeod

    Stew McLeod aka BigMac

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    If you're looking for a toy Ive, maybe look at the Google tablets - Nexus 7 (which I have and love) or the Nexus 10. The 7 has a 7 inch screen while the 10, you guessed it, has a 10 inch screen. Total dependent on WIFI unless you download content (books, music, magazine and such) for when no WIFI. These are great for integrating the google suite of products.

    Tablets are easy to have by your side and available for those quick browser sessions, skype or whatver. Now granted maybe not all that good for documents and such, but that's not it role.

    My $0.02 worth.

    Stew
     
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  9. Lugan

    Lugan Joe Streamer

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    Or get a Surface RT and do it all in one device.
     
  10. dryflylarry

    dryflylarry "Chasing Riseforms"

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    I'm no computer nerd at all, BUT..........I have owned my Apple iMac for 4 years now. Absolutely NO PROBLEMS have occurred! Nothing! I'm dead serious about that. A great product. Screw PC's! I am on the verge of getting an iPad or mini iPad.
     
  11. Kent Lufkin

    Kent Lufkin Remember when you could remember everything?

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    Thanks for clarifying Ive. I wasn't clear that the proposed Chromebook was to be a secondary machine instead of your only machine. In that light, I have to agree with Stew above: a tablet makes even better sense that a stripped-down laptop. Why? Let's take my iPad as an example.

    I'm not an early-adopter of technology. My mantra is 'just because it can, doesn't mean I should'. I watched with interest as the first generation of iPads swept with world. Their advantages were obvious: light weight; small form factor; highly portable. Their main disadvantage was a price point that I felt was about twice what I was willing to pay. So I sat on the sidelines.

    Generation 2 was introduced with many improvements and I still sat. But by the time the G3 machines were announced, I pounced, buying a refurbished 16Gb WiFi G2 machine from the Apple online store for just over $250. It had the full Apple warranty and free shipping.

    Although it was nominally a birthday gift for my wife, after a couple weeks playing with it, she pronounced it 'too much bother' (she's tech-averse!) and set it aside. I now use it daily for exactly the same things you mention: checking and sending email; browsing sites like this; and reading. I particularly enjoy reading in bed with it since, unlike a book or magazine, it's much less awkward to hold and the display can be adjusted for the light level, size and orientation I prefer.

    I'm not evangelizing the iPad - there are other brands available that all have their supporters. But my point is that if your functionality needs are light, the smaller size and greater convenience of a tablet over a laptop to me is a huge advantage.

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  12. Evan Burck

    Evan Burck Fudge Dragon

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    My boss and I both had iPads 2s. I got a Surface, and sold the iPad immediately. My boss followed suit. It's indescribably better.

    I used to be the biggest Apple fanboy. But I have jumped ship and had to admit that Microsoft/Windows has really, really done right the last few years.
     
  13. IveofIone

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    How the hell do you type and do email on a tablet that has no keyboard? I have never seen any of these devices but the pictures clearly show no keyboard.
     
  14. Kent Lufkin

    Kent Lufkin Remember when you could remember everything?

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    Ive, I thought the same thing when I first looked at the iPad. My smartphone keys are so tiny that typing anything more than a few words results in so many typos or erroneous auto-'corrections' that it actually ends up being a disincentive and caused me to look suspiciously at the iPad. The virtual 'keys' on the iPad are about the same size as on a regular keyboard and therefore much easier to type with. I wouldn't want to write a novel using one without one of the plug-in aftermarket keyboards, but for posts to forums like this, it's perfectly fine.

    K
     
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    Okay, I get it-you type on the screen itself apparently. It kinda begs the question: Why not have a laptop if you need an aftermarket keyboard in addition to the tablet?

    I see those ipad G2's on sale refurbished for $319 at the Apple store. I wonder if that wouldn't make good sense for me. I guess the downside is that it bears no relationship to my Windows based big machine and I would probably lose some utility of mutual function by having one of each.

    Ive