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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-26-2011, 08:44 PM Thread Starter
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I just can't do tablets... I NEED an actual keyboard. Anyone have one of these? Feedback?

They're a little pricey new, but you can get 'em for about $250 on ebay.

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the concept is nice, I have not looked into it too much but it seems a waste to have a laptop that can't do everything. I download a lot of stuff so i need programs like BitTorrent (not sure if they have it, have not looked into it) but i really like programs like MSmoney and you just can't install that on a chromebook.

that said i have a tablet, and most of the time i find myself going back to the laptop, the tablet is nice to just browse internet or read the news. but trying to chat with someone on AIM or Gtalk is insane, i hate it. I'm with you on the needing the keyboard.

honestly i'm excited about these new ultrabooks coming down the pipe. basically same as a macbook air, 13' super thin, super light, no CD drive, and like 8 hours battery life.

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I used the Samsung Google Chrome Book on a couple Virgin America flights earlier this year and they worked great. If you use Gmail and Google Docs already it is a seamless transition. Just make sure you have internet access wherever you use it and you will not have any issues. I believe they offer Verizon 3G data on some of the units. I found the Chrome book faster than using my Dell Mini 10 net book. Instant on and the Cloud is nice.

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the concept is nice, I have not looked into it too much but it seems a waste to have a laptop that can't do everything. I download a lot of stuff so i need programs like BitTorrent (not sure if they have it, have not looked into it) but i really like programs like MSmoney and you just can't install that on a chromebook.
it seems like all the positive reviews are coming from users that bought one to supplement their laptops - not replace them. i guess the trick is to make sure you know what you're getting... a more productive (for me) yet slightly specialized tablet with a keyboard. it only has 16GB of on board memory so the last thing it's gonna do is store all the things you download. i think the concept is that everything you do is saved within google. i know that 90% of what i do on a computer i'll be able to do on this thing and the other 10% i'll have to use my huge, super heavy, 17" laptop, so it'll be nice that i don't have to drag it around everywhere anymore. pair the chromebook with a phone that can double as a router and i think it's the perfect combo.

i'm with ya on the MSmoney thing... the only thing i wished it would be able to support is quickbooks. there's an online subscription but it's super expensive and way more limited than the installed version of pro i already have.

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honestly i'm excited about these new ultrabooks coming down the pipe. basically same as a macbook air, 13' super thin, super light, no CD drive, and like 8 hours battery life.
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I used the Samsung Google Chrome Book on a couple Virgin America flights earlier this year and they worked great. If you use Gmail and Google Docs already it is a seamless transition. Just make sure you have internet access wherever you use it and you will not have any issues. I believe they offer Verizon 3G data on some of the units. I found the Chrome book faster than using my Dell Mini 10 net book. Instant on and the Cloud is nice.
that's good to know... a mini dell was my other option but it just seems like a slower, clunkier system. and again, the mini laptop acts as a laptop replacement type thing, i'd rather have the speed and ease of the chromebook now that i've done some research.

a samsung just sold on craigslist for $220 - kinda bummed i missed it.

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i think a good way to decide if you like a chromebook is, can you do everything you need inside of google chrome browser? i know its not 100% the same, but you figure most of the stuff will be in that.

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posting from my chromebook! this thing is way more functional than an ipad or tablet and it was only 160 buckaroos on craigslist. sweet!

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that said i have a tablet, and most of the time i find myself going back to the laptop, the tablet is nice to just browse internet or read the news. but trying to chat with someone on AIM or Gtalk is insane, i hate it. I'm with you on the needing the keyboard.
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honestly i'm excited about these new ultrabooks coming down the pipe. basically same as a macbook air, 13' super thin, super light, no CD drive, and like 8 hours battery life.
Funny you should say this, I need to find the article how the PC makers are having a hard time making these ultrabooks cheaper than a Macbook Air.

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this thing is awesome... especially for the money. it's also bc i've set up chrome to the max now (i never explored the browser and its capabilities in the past. i dunno why they haven't done a better job advertising these things.

mopar there are some really good apps to sub for MSmoney and the best part is that your data would be available wherever you want it on any phone or computer.

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there's another google prototype (CR-48) on craigslist right now if anyone is interested. i'm still super happy with it. my only complaint is the video playback isn't the best but i hear that there's a faster processor in the retail versions to "fix" that.

otherwise, it's awesome they provide you with 100mb of verizon 3G per month for free for the rare occasion that you're not in a wifi enabled area

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so what's that run ya? $700 total? problem not solved

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so what's that run ya? $700 total? problem not solved
you get what ya pay for.

hit apples refurb store. buy the last gen unit and save some cash. my setup was like 400




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i think you missed the part where i said it's pretty awesome and i like it better than the ipad haha

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i think you missed the part where i said it's pretty awesome and i like it better than the ipad haha
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