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Old 07-05-2011, 06:31 PM
 
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Why should I spend $499 for a Chromebook when I can get a notebook for the same price with a better CPU and GPU, more RAM, a large hard drive and the ability to run Windows applications in addition to Chrome?

The Chromebook is useless unless it is connected to the Internet. I can use a Windows notebook anywhere, even a mile underground or on the Moon.

As far as I can tell, the only advantage the Chromebook has over a standard notebook is the eight second boot time. I can live without that, or I can install Chromium on a flash memory stick and boot into that when I just want web apps.
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Old 07-06-2011, 08:17 AM
 
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I think you've answered your own question. Plus, if you never shut the laptop off, just close the lid, you will get the "instant" on" feel as well.

Until wireless internet connectivity is ubiquitous, there is limited appeal in a device that can only work when connected to it.
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Old 07-07-2011, 01:14 PM
 
Location: New York City
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The reviews have been terrible. Chromebooks are definitely not ready for primetime. If you’re needs are that limited, you’re better off with a tablet or a netbook.
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Old 07-07-2011, 02:21 PM
 
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It might be worth it at $99. Maybe.
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Old 07-10-2011, 07:30 PM
 
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If you don't have heavy needs, a tablet would be better than a chromebook. Could probably do more with a tablet.
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