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Old 02-03-2018, 12:34 PM
 
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I have an 11 year old iMac that needs replacing for internet use. It's slowing down with each update and future updates with soon be unsupported. I'm not very technologically inclined, but I'm not stupid either. (Just unsure about some of the terminology for the most part.)

I love Apple computers. (Android phone.) I want another iMac but need to wait until the end of August to buy one once I've saved up enough. (Cash on the barrelhead!) In the meantime, a laptop fits my needs but, I've never actually had a laptop.

I hate Microsoft. It's just not an option so they're 100% off the table.

That leaves Chromebook. I hate Google, but it's the lesser of two evils, so...

I use the internet to do research, read the news, send a few e-mails, and watch YouTube. Occasionally, I watch videos from sources like Openload, VidziTV, estream, etc., That's it. I don't play games, download anything (music, movies, etc.), make/edit videos, or anything else.

I'm a writer and a homebody. I like desktop computers. But, I want a laptop because I'm trying to be less of a homebody and having a laptop to encourage me to get out more.

So, how do I choose a laptop? I don't know Asus from Lenovo from Acer. I've read a ton of Amazon reviews, and watched loads of YouTube and CNet videos, but it all seems to be more about personal preference. I have no preferences so I have no clue which brand to go with.

My needs in order are:
Screen Size. Minimum 13". I don't need 4K. 1920 would be great but if a step down helps keep the laptop from heating up, I'm fine that.
Keyboard: As close to full size as possible. (And not a touch keyboard.) And I hate trackpads so I'll get a wireless mouse.
Durability. (My iMac has lasted 11 years.)
Doesn't Get Hot. (I can be on the computer 10+ hours a day.)
Quiet. (No loud fans.)
Speed. (I hate video buffering and waiting for webpages to load.)
Price: Up to $400 would be ideal. $500 if there's a major benefit like not getting hot. Still, if a $200 laptop turns out to be the best, so be it. I don't need the best, but I don't want just the minimum either.

Also: I'm concerned about viruses. I don't open email unless it's from one of my contacts, I don't do pornography, but viruses are getting sneakier today. You can get them simply from subtitles on videos apparently. (Just read that.) So, which virus protection is the best?

Lastly, do you buy the extended warranty and where should I buy my laptop? Amazon? Best Buy? Microcenter? Walmart? Other online sites?

Any tips, advice or warnings would be great! (Purchasing, upgrading, routers, security, wi-fi, apps, software, etc., I'd love to learn from your experience!)
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Old 02-03-2018, 12:44 PM
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If you want durability, stick with a simple notebook form factor. Any device where the display hinge detaches or flips beyond 180 degrees will be less durable.

Don't worry about needing antivirus on a Chromebook. You just won't.

Get at least 4 GB of RAM. That is the best thing to do to ensure maximum speed and reduce the likelihood you have performance issues with multiple browser tabs open. IMO, RAM quantity is the most important specification on a Chromebook.

I've owned 3 Chromebooks and a Chromebox over 5+ years and never had a warranty issue. I've purchased from BB, Dell.com, Asus. I've never paid over $200 for mine, because I shop around for deals. At under $200, I can afford to replace it if it breaks.
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Old 02-03-2018, 01:22 PM
 
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If you want durability, stick with a simple notebook form factor. Any device where the display hinge detaches or flips beyond 180 degrees will be less durable.
That's in line with my gadget philosophy. The more features it has, the more than can go wrong with it. Especially when it comes to moving parts.

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Don't worry about needing antivirus on a Chromebook. You just won't.
That would be great! I've not had to worry about my iMac either. I'll have to do some research about Chromebooks and viruses to reassure myself but I'm glad to know this!

What do you use as an ad blocker on your Chromebook? I'd like to be free from ads, pop-ups, pop-unders, redirects, etc.,

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Get at least 4 GB of RAM. That is the best thing to do to ensure maximum speed and reduce the likelihood you have performance issues with multiple browser tabs open. IMO, RAM quantity is the most important specification on a Chromebook.
That affirms the research I've done. My current iMac has 4GB. I'm considering 8GB but it will depend on the price, especially if it's not completely necessary for my needs.

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I've owned 3 Chromebooks and a Chromebox over 5+ years and never had a warranty issue. I've purchased from BB, Dell.com, Asus. I've never paid over $200 for mine, because I shop around for deals. At under $200, I can afford to replace it if it breaks.
Any tips on getting the best deals?

Thanks for the encouraging post and great help!
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Old 02-03-2018, 05:23 PM
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What do you use as an ad blocker on your Chromebook? I'd like to be free from ads, pop-ups, pop-unders, redirects, etc.,
I use an ad-blocker with Chrome on other platforms, but not on the Chromebooks. Ikeep my browsers synced with my Google account, so any plugins that are compatible will just install automatically. Since my Ad-blocker didn't make the trip to the CBook, I assume it's not compatible and I'm not sure which of them are compatible.

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Any tips on getting the best deals?
For my last Chromebook, an HP 14" with cellular data, I got the deal tip on Slickdeals. IIRC, it came from Amazon. If I were in the market now, I'd consider a refurb. I would shop the Amazon Warehouse Deals, BB warehouse deals, Dell.com, maybe Frys.com. Asus Direct has deals on eBay, that's where I got my second CBook.
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Old 02-03-2018, 06:52 PM
 
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I din't understand "hating" Google OR Microsoft. But you support them by hanging out on YouTube. Probably have a Gmail address to, don't you? lol
Also very much disagree that a hinged laptop is less durable. Tying on my hinged Dell right now. This hinge will outlast me using this computer. It's pretty sweet to flip into tablet mode for reading or watching videos.

https://www.google.com/chromebook/de...-flip-c101-pa/
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Old 02-04-2018, 07:19 AM
 
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I use an ad-blocker with Chrome on other platforms, but not on the Chromebooks. Ikeep my browsers synced with my Google account, so any plugins that are compatible will just install automatically. Since my Ad-blocker didn't make the trip to the CBook, I assume it's not compatible and I'm not sure which of them are compatible.
A neighbor just bought an Acer Chromebook R13 Convertible. I got to play around with it a little and installed Adblock Plus for Chrome for her. That took care of the ads for her and I got to see first-hand that it works. It's a nice machine but I might have to look at a bigger screen for my tired ol' eyes.

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For my last Chromebook, an HP 14" with cellular data, I got the deal tip on Slickdeals. IIRC, it came from Amazon. If I were in the market now, I'd consider a refurb. I would shop the Amazon Warehouse Deals, BB warehouse deals, Dell.com, maybe Frys.com. Asus Direct has deals on eBay, that's where I got my second CBook.
The only thing that makes me nervous about buying from unknown companies (to me) is the warranty issue or returns if I end up with a lemon or am in need of a repair. (Shipping costs, hidden fees, absent customer service, etc.,) I'll check out the places you mentioned. Thanks!

Are there brands I should stay away from? Lenovo, etc.? What's the difference between brands when it comes to Chromebooks?
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Old 02-04-2018, 01:42 PM
 
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I din't understand "hating" Google OR Microsoft. But you support them by hanging out on YouTube. Probably have a Gmail address to, don't you? lol
Also very much disagree that a hinged laptop is less durable. Tying on my hinged Dell right now. This hinge will outlast me using this computer. It's pretty sweet to flip into tablet mode for reading or watching videos.

https://www.google.com/chromebook/de...-flip-c101-pa/
Yes the hinge bit is complete and utter nonsense.

What's important is how well it's made, not its range of motion.
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Old 02-05-2018, 09:39 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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Yea, and my Dell is very well made. As I said: it will outlast my usage of it I have no doubt. The hinge is pretty important because it's a convertible laptop.
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