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  Reply # 803602 22-Apr-2013 11:21 Send private message

There is not just one chromebook.. this thread originally referred to the Samsung chromebook, but shortly thereafter acer created one and now HP have made one plus there is a Google branded one. They each have different specs and are different prices. The samsung one was the first of the "re-launched" chromebooks and had a good balance between quality and price.

You can play movies on the chromebook but I personally only use it for watching streamed content, I would not bother copying movies to the SD card for playback (but maybe this is just me?). Movie playback would be one task where I would use my nexus 10 over the chromebook.

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  Reply # 803605 22-Apr-2013 11:23 Send private message

yup. i realised that there are other chromebooks too. i was specifically referring to the Samsung Chromebook series 3 that you can buy for 250 from USA.

So you would not recommend watching movies on it? I would see myself doing that while i am travelling - or on a plane. Connect up my external and watch movies, or do some offline tasks.

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  Reply # 803615 22-Apr-2013 11:32 Send private message

I guess it's perfectly acceptable in that situation, but I just find the quality of the display and viewing angles are pretty average. Maybe wait to see what others say, I don't have much experience watching videos on it as I normally use my TV/XBMC.

I have also never even used it without a network connection. But for web browsing/composing emails and the like, I find it way better than any tablet. The fact its cheap helps, I don't really care about it and if it broke or got stolen, it would not be the end of the world.



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  Reply # 815943 11-May-2013 20:21 Send private message

There seem to be quite a few warehouse seconds coming through Amazon's site, as low as $172

http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B009LL9VDG/ref=sr_1_1_olp?s=merchant&ie=UTF8&qid=1368260048&sr=1-1&keywords=samsung+chromebook&condition=used

Definitely worth waiting to see what Google I/O has in store though

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  Reply # 817136 14-May-2013 00:58 Send private message

damn, that is cheap! I am thinking to myself "This is sooooo cheap I've got to buy this RIGHT NOW! As I CAN NOT WAIT!!". Then I realised is only another day or so, maybe I can wait :-P




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  Reply # 817152 14-May-2013 07:22 Send private message

If we could install Windows in this hardware I'd consider getting one.




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  Reply # 817161 14-May-2013 08:11 Send private message

LoL - I love how you troll your own forums Smile

FYI for everyone, the Acer Chromebook is now officially in NZ via Dove Electronics. RRP is $375 + GST so it's no bargain, but I guess that's what you pay for a distribution channel and local "support" (in quotes). I don't know of any retailers stocking it yet but I can purchase from Dove so drop me a line if you're interested (this is not an advertisement so much as a useful fact given the topic of this forum - happy to edit out if necessary).

I'm finding it really great, and using it whenever I'm on the move, but then I'm Google centric so it's a no-brainer. It also rocks an ssh client via the Crosh Chrome plugin so I can remotely manage servers too which is handy.



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  Reply # 817162 14-May-2013 08:14 Send private message

Not trolling. I had a Chromebook for a while. One of the models with no local storage and seriously if you don't have permanent connection then it's pretty much of no use. The new hardware though sounds good and I would seriously consider either Linux or Windows for it.





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  Reply # 817165 14-May-2013 08:17 Send private message

I kinda have high hopes for Google to release something new this week. Hoping it is a new chromebook.

I am considering going the Tablet PC route now. I would get the Tablet + Laptop experience - looking for a portable second computer as I already have quite a powerful desktop.

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  Reply # 817166 14-May-2013 08:18 Send private message

Krishant007: I kinda have high hopes for Google to release something new this week. Hoping it is a new chromebook.

I am considering going the Tablet PC route now. I would get the Tablet + Laptop experience - looking for a portable second computer as I already have quite a powerful desktop.


I have a HP Envy X2 here these couple of weeks and it's pretty cool. Windows 8 works great on a tablet (although I have my reservations on anything that doesn't have a touchscreen).





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  Reply # 817167 14-May-2013 08:24 Send private message

freitasm: 

I have a HP Envy X2 here these couple of weeks and it's pretty cool. Windows 8 works great on a tablet (although I have my reservations on anything that doesn't have a touchscreen).



I really liked the Envy X2 (all the advertising on this site a couple of weeks ago did get my attention :))

Someone on the forums recommended waiting for the next gen intel processors to be released so thats what I am doing now.

I was keen to get a chromebook in the mean time just to have a play around with a new toy and get a feel of Chrome OS.



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  Reply # 817194 14-May-2013 09:20 Send private message

@vrtual, I've noticed the Acer is available from Playtech

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  Reply # 817524 14-May-2013 16:45 Send private message

freitasm: Not trolling. I had a Chromebook for a while. One of the models with no local storage and seriously if you don't have permanent connection then it's pretty much of no use. The new hardware though sounds good and I would seriously consider either Linux or Windows for it.



People have put Linux on Chromebooks (it mystifies me why a person would want Windows on it however... they're not really designed for that).




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  Reply # 820466 16-May-2013 09:36 Send private message

I'm considering a Chromebook as part of my next possible upgrade.

If I am connected to the internet I get it, I can run Chrome, Gmail, Google Drive and all that good stuff.

What I'm not sure about is what I could use it for if I don't have an internet connection. I can use my phone as a Wifi hotspot but there are going to be times when I'm not online.

Can anybody point me to some resources to answer that question?

Thanks.




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  Reply # 820470 16-May-2013 09:41 Send private message

also just adding on to the question. how is the movie watching on there? If i have movies on a flash drive that I want to watch on the Chromebook, is it simple enough to watch it while being offline?

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