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Old 11-03-2013, 02:18 PM
 
Location: Back and Forth FRANCE
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What are your opinions on Chromebooks?

They run Googles Chrome OS, integrate google drive for storage, and the chrome webstore apps.
You do basically 95% everything online. So they have limited usefulness, if you don't have a internet connection it's kinda useless. But a good 75% of the time there is a wifi network to hook up too.

Basically it's just running the chrome web browser. Which you can run on any other PC.

Really inexpensive PC's $250-$400 range.

I'm thinking of getting one. Even just for storage, maybe school, I don't know how "hackable" they are maybe I can put another OS on it. Iput Chromium (googles open source version, they put out for devs to test new features) on my very old netbook, it runs ok.

Anybody think chromebooks will ever catch on though?
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Location: Ohio
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If everything you want to do on a computer can be done within the browser and you are comfortable in Google's ecosystem, a Chromebook could be a good option for you. I'm close to that point myself.

I suspect that many people are convinced they can't function without MS Office and/or certain games on a notebook. a Chromebook is not for those people.
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Old 11-04-2013, 12:07 PM
 
Location: midwest
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I would sooner attach a USB keyboard to an Android Tablet.

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Old 11-04-2013, 12:15 PM
 
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What are your opinions on Chromebooks?

They run Googles Chrome OS, integrate google drive for storage, and the chrome webstore apps.
You do basically 95% everything online. So they have limited usefulness, if you don't have a internet connection it's kinda useless. But a good 75% of the time there is a wifi network to hook up too.

Basically it's just running the chrome web browser. Which you can run on any other PC.

Really inexpensive PC's $250-$400 range.

I'm thinking of getting one. Even just for storage, maybe school, I don't know how "hackable" they are maybe I can put another OS on it. Iput Chromium (googles open source version, they put out for devs to test new features) on my very old netbook, it runs ok.

Anybody think chromebooks will ever catch on though?
My opinion? It's not for me but someone else who's needs are specific, sure...

As far as hackable, if you can't even search the Internet to find out the answer to you question I think hacking one would be beyond your capabilities....

Let me Bing that for you!
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Old 11-04-2013, 04:02 PM
 
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They are great for surfing the internet and email.

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Old 11-04-2013, 04:18 PM
 
Location: Back and Forth FRANCE
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My opinion? It's not for me but someone else who's needs are specific, sure...

As far as hackable, if you can't even search the Internet to find out the answer to you question I think hacking one would be beyond your capabilities....

Let me Bing that for you!
Hacking is obviously well within my capabilities. (If it were not I would not have mentioned it). Oh well for some it seems, whatever it takes to add to their post count.

I know we have some PC geeks here of this forum..I was wondering how their experiences may have been with possibly hacking it, if they even tried. Probably could have explained that within my OP..

cute link though...

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Old 11-04-2013, 07:02 PM
 
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I personally don't see the appeal of chromebooks. Laptops and tablets running Windows are available at the same price point. For students, Microsoft Office applications are often available for free from the school. You still have the cloud available to you if you need/want. I suppose if you don't care for Windows, chromebooks can be a good alternative (if it meets your needs).
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Old 11-04-2013, 08:57 PM
 
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Hacking is obviously well within my capabilities. (If it were not I would not have mentioned it). Oh well for some it seems, whatever it takes to add to their post count.

I know we have some PC geeks here of this forum..I was wondering how their experiences may have been with possibly hacking it, if they even tried. Probably could have explained that within my OP..

cute link though...
If you had bothered to peruse ANY of the websites that "cute" simple Internet search returned you would have had your answer in spades...

But alas, you want to wait for the "PC geeks" here.

So be it...
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Old 11-05-2013, 12:33 PM
 
Location: Whittier
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My Mom has one.

They are quick for what they cost and it does all she needs it to do. Setting up printing (through Google's cloud print) can be confusing for the average user, and I did have a Wi-Fi issue that I finally diagnosed. The old router my parents had was WEP and not WPA causing some issues in connectivity, but other than that it's been great.

Would I buy one? Probably not. I love Google's "ecosystem" and use most if not all Google services, but I'd only really get one if I was on a strict budget. Otherwise I'd probably look at a Surface...
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Old 11-05-2013, 02:14 PM
 
Location: New York City
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A Chromebook is similar to a Kindle: a proprietary device with limited functionality that is sold at cost (or even a loss) to increase market share for another revenue stream. It’s not about Chromebooks as devices (which are too underpowered) but Chrome and as browser/operating system—which could seriously dent Windows, especially for home users.

Google knew that applications are far too limited at present for Chrome to be anything other than a bargain option. Like Android, the only way to gain market share is to literally give it away. I’m sure Microsoft is really worried—or at least they should be.
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