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Old 04-22-2013, 08:55 PM   #1
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Anyone using one of these? Impressions?

I am considering one, but the big question is, would I be able to process a video on one of these machines or best stick to the Windows? It's time to upgrade my laptop and I am trying desperately to avoid Win 8.
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Old 04-23-2013, 07:49 AM   #2
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I haven't used one yet, but my school just bought 25 for students to use. My understanding of them is if you can do it on the web, you can do it on a Chromebook. If you have to install software, you'll need a regular laptop. I know there are some websites that allow you to convert video from one format to another, but the options are limited in the formats available, usually the more common ones- avi, mpeg, wmv, etc., and they often limit the size of the file. There are some pay sites that will let you convert as much video as you like if you join.
If you need to edit video (splice clips, add voice-overs, etc), I'm pretty sure you'll need a laptop, I'm pretty sure there aren't any websites that will let you do that on-line.
I know it's a hassle, but you could always buy a new laptop and load 7 on it.
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Old 04-23-2013, 08:02 AM   #3
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Chromebook has apps. Not like Windows, but there it is.
https://chrome.google.com/webstore/category/home

Note that you can accomplish a lot with a Nexus 7 or a Nexus 10 when paired to a Bluetooth keyboard. Many more applications are available for the Nexus devices than the Chromebook atm, and many of those apps are of excellent quality:
https://play.google.com/store

But in all seriousness, there is nothing wrong with Windows 8. Folk just don't like change. I've had the opportunity to use a ~$600 ASUS Ultrabook (15" touchscreen) loaded with Win8, and it is a pretty fantastic interface. Try it!

They are all good products. Microcenter is probably the best place to experiment with each under the same roof. Good luck!
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Old 04-23-2013, 08:20 AM   #4
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I'm glad to see this thread. I still have a Windows Vista laptop, so I am due for an upgrade. I have only a cell phone and an Ipod Touch, no smartphone, and am looking at the Chromebook as something I can take on the road as well as use at home. It's not a substitute for a smartphone, but it would be easier to travel with than a laptop. I have no experience with Win 8 and read somewhere recently that it has generally not been well-received. My local school district is going heavy into Chromebooks next year too.
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Old 04-23-2013, 10:12 AM   #5
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Win8 makes sense on touch screen devices. It's dumb, otherwise. The first thing I do on my Win8 Toshiba laptop is enter desktop mode.
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Old 04-23-2013, 12:56 PM   #6
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I just can't see buying a "computer" which relies on a constant connection to the internet in order to function.
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Old 04-23-2013, 01:01 PM   #7
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Anyone using one of these? Impressions?

I am considering one, but the big question is, would I be able to process a video on one of these machines or best stick to the Windows? It's time to upgrade my laptop and I am trying desperately to avoid Win 8.
Classicshell add-on makes windows 8 perfectly familiar.
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Old 04-23-2013, 01:57 PM   #8
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I just bought one of these last week linky But I only payed $499 from Amazon.

It has Win 8, and it works fine. Not sure what all teh fuss is about.

That being said, My sons high school issued each and every student a Chromebook instead of text books this year. His takes the abuse of a standard teen and keeps on apping.

That being said, it will never replace a decent laptop for any sort of processing. In functionality it's nothing more than a tablet with a keyboard.
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Old 04-23-2013, 04:47 PM   #9
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I have one of the $ 200 Acer Chromebooks. I primarily use it for web, email, Netflix and the like. I use one of my other laptops or desktop for serious work. I am not sure how much video work you can do; the specifications for the typical Chromebook are somewhat anemic.
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Old 04-23-2013, 05:31 PM   #10
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I'm a small town city manager and I bought them for my council and me to go paperless in our council meetings. We have gone full blown Google Apps and everything we do is in the cloud, so it's perfect for us. We bought the wireless only version, but we pass around a wifi hotspot when we travel. They are really easy to travel with. I haven't taken it on the bike yet, but plan to.
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Old 04-23-2013, 06:51 PM   #11
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Is there a Remote Desktop app for the Chromebook that works with either Windows or OSX?
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Old 04-23-2013, 07:00 PM   #12
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I have one of the $249 Samsung Chromebooks.

Pros:
Price
Build quality
Fanless
Great battery life
Lightweight
Compatible with 95%+ of what the average person uses the Internet for
Excellent video playback for hardware accelerated formats up to 720p

Cons:
Useless without an internet connection
Occasionally locks up playing internet videos
Inability to play non-hardware accelerated formats
Video stutter occurs when upscaling decoded video to 1080p displays using the HDMI output
The processor speed is about on par with older netbooks, but ChromeOS is significantly less bloated than Windows, so it doesn't feel as slow as it actually is

Overall, I am happy with it. But I also have a desktop PC which I use when I want to game or do any real work.
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Old 04-24-2013, 07:56 AM   #13
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I am going to have a local computer fix-it guy put Windows 7 on my Vista loaded laptop. He will also add some memory and clean it up a bit for a reasonable price. This will allow me to keep it for a few more years for real computing needs and I tunes. Once I get this done next week I am going to look into getting a Chromebook for travel and taking to school with me.
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Old 09-25-2013, 08:58 PM   #14
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The pc guy did a great job on my laptop last spring. He did not put on Win 7, but he added memory and it works better than new. I bought a Chromebook tonight.
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Old 09-25-2013, 09:06 PM   #15
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I "traded" my big bulky Dell Inspiron with Ivy Bridge, and 16Gb ram for Samsung Chromebook.... I am an IT guy, I like to run alternative firmware on things... but.. Chromebook is just a browser to me, and I had no need to "deface" it. Running Stock in beta train..... several plugins are much needed...

AdBlock Plus!
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Makes it very portable around the house. Turns on in seconds... does not make a lot of heat whilst in my lap... all good. I did run the developer train, with shell access and Ubuntu in chroot... however, it did not meet my needs, and I decided not to "hack" on it, and instead get a different laptop for my workshop needs.
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