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  Reply # 803602 22-Apr-2013 11:21
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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  Reply # 817161 14-May-2013 08:11
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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@vrtual, I've noticed the Acer is available from Playtech

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  Reply # 817524 14-May-2013 16:45
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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
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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
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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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