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Topic # 146935 3-Jun-2014 11:29 Send private message

We already find Chromebooks in stores here but today a post seems to indicate we will see more models soon:

"Kia ora to our New Zealand mates, where getting on-line will have shorter waits."

Interesting way of putting it... We already have Chromebooks available in stores since at least mid-2013, from Acer, HP, Samsung and Toshiba.






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  Reply # 1058449 3-Jun-2014 12:05 Send private message

Looking forward to this as I have been planning to get one for the Wife - Chromebook + Netflix + Chromecast means I can finally get rid of Sky. Just can't find anywhere to buy them... Chrome.com, Playstore, and Amazon.com all state they are not available in NZ.

Would love to know when and where we can get these.

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  Reply # 1058453 3-Jun-2014 12:07 Send private message

just use Youshop if you want to buy from Amazon

or Pricesppy lists a number or NZ retailers that will sell you a Chromebook

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  Reply # 1058464 3-Jun-2014 12:28 Send private message

nathan: just use Youshop if you want to buy from Amazon

or Pricesppy lists a number or NZ retailers that will sell you a Chromebook


Yeah have a Youshop Account, I would rather get from a NZ retailer but as the the HP Chromebook 11" (The one I'd get her) is NZD$426 on Pricespy.co.nz compared to NZD$266 Amazon.com it isn't much of a comparison. I understand that I need to factor in GST etc.

My point was more aimed at Google announcing that they are available in NZ, yet you can't buy one from anywhere easily. Either way I think its a great platform and I look forward to more people adopting it.

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  Reply # 1058472 3-Jun-2014 12:42 Send private message

Could this mean Devices via play.google.com in NZ? Or have Google announced availability of Chromebooks in NZ in the past?

I've got two of the low-end Samsung Chromebooks from last year, we essentially use them as coffee-table laptops, however I've grown fond of the OS and would now like to get a better-spec'd model to use more often! 





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  Reply # 1058814 3-Jun-2014 20:08 Send private message

And now a post on Google New Zealand:


More Chromebooks for Kiwis

For the last two years, the kids at Pt England school in Auckland have been using Chromebooks to learn in a more collaborative way. Easy to use, fast and very secure, Chromebooks have proved a hit in the classroom and have even helped improve learning outcomes. Now with today’s official launch of Chromebooks in New Zealand everyone can get their hands on one.

From watching the latest antics from Jamie on YouTube at home, to listening to Lorde on the go, today we’re all spending more time online. In this increasingly connected world, computing should be fast, secure and hassle-free, so you can access your stuff and get things done from wherever you are. Chromebooks are designed for this world, and since launching a few years back have become the go-to laptop for many people around the world.

Now Kiwis will have a range of Chromebooks to choose from — the Acer C720, the Acer C720P, the Toshiba Chromebook 13, the HP Chromebook or the HP Chromebook 14. All the Chromebooks are light and portable with a battery that will last the whole day. They also feature Intel’s 4th generation Celeron processor which means they’re nice and zippy. The HP Chromebook 11 comes in variety of colours too, so you can pick one that matches your wardrobe.

If you’ve been looking for a computer that makes it easier to get stuff done, pick up a Chromebook from Dick Smith, Harvey Norman, JB Hi-Fi and Noel Leeming in store or online.




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  Reply # 1059102 4-Jun-2014 11:13 Send private message

"pick up a Chromebook from Dick Smith, Harvey Norman, JB Hi-Fi and Noel Leeming in store or online."

I went to the websites for each of these stores, did a search for chromebook and got 0 results back on each site.

Probably be cheaper to import them from Amazon anyway.

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BigMal: "pick up a Chromebook from Dick Smith, Harvey Norman, JB Hi-Fi and Noel Leeming in store or online."

I went to the websites for each of these stores, did a search for chromebook and got 0 results back on each site.

Probably be cheaper to import them from Amazon anyway.


Interesting. JB have a range on OZ but pulled all their stock from NZ last year. When I asked all I heard was "Legal Reasons".

It would be great to have a decent range available locally with Consumers Guarantee Act backing.




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  Reply # 1064323 12-Jun-2014 19:10 Send private message

Has anyone seen where you can get a Dell Chromebook 11 in New Zealand? I can't seem to find it anywhere, and the internet says it is the best one at that price range. 

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