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Topic # 224011 28-Oct-2017 17:05
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I'm considering on buying a chromebook for business - anyone had any experience with this?

 

Almost everything I do is via the browser . . 

 

 

 

I'm keen to hear from other people who use(d) Chromebooks for business use

 

 

 

Cheers

 

 


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Uber Geek
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  Reply # 1898218 9-Nov-2017 12:00
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Just why ?

You may have real issues with printing . (and scanning docs)
Some websites dont work as expected with Chrome (not an issue usually) . 
Very little usuable HD space , you'll need to store most docs, photos etc in the Cloud

 

"Almost everything" . Sounds like you'll have a few things that you wont be able to do in a Chromebook.

Ive helped setup a new Chromebook for a business. I was less than impressed, he was not happy with printing (on his particular printer)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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  Reply # 1898273 9-Nov-2017 12:42
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I have used a Acer Chrombook 14 for work and it works very well at being a web browser.

 

If your after a laptop just for the web they do work well and have a great battery too. You also don't need to spend money for a more powerful one as they are far more efficient on processing power.

 

Printing can work well, but you need to ensure you get the right printer for it.


 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1898318 9-Nov-2017 14:07
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We use a couple of acer chromebooks for data entry out in the field. Bullet proof machines. They even have drain holes for spilling drinks on the keyboard!

 

They range from cheap to more expensive for a decent display / speed. You want at least 4gb of ram. Hard drive size is not important as to work best, it is 100% cloud all the way.

 

I highly recommend chromebooks. If you need more staff, a very cost effective way of adding hardware.

 

If you already use google apps etc, then perfect fit.




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  Reply # 1898329 9-Nov-2017 14:21
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1101:

 

Just why ?

You may have real issues with printing . (and scanning docs)
Some websites dont work as expected with Chrome (not an issue usually) . 
Very little usuable HD space , you'll need to store most docs, photos etc in the Cloud

 

"Almost everything" . Sounds like you'll have a few things that you wont be able to do in a Chromebook.

Ive helped setup a new Chromebook for a business. I was less than impressed, he was not happy with printing (on his particular printer)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I don't need a printer or scanner - though that's good to know there can be issues,

 


I've found that moving everything to the cloud and using Google docs/sheets etc took a bit of getting used to, but it works quite well, and renders the need for lots of HD space unnecessary.

 

What can't I do via a Chromebook?

 

Still unsure on that - taking and editing screen grabs is important, but I found a plugin for that. 

 

Skype works via a browser

 

Slack - there's no app, but I can still use the browser based version (the experience is not quite as good though)

 

From what I understand Android apps can work on the latest chromebooks which opens up the ability to use many more apps etc.

 

 

 

 


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  Reply # 1898345 9-Nov-2017 14:33
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roseby:

 

 

 

I don't need a printer or scanner - though that's good to know there can be issues,

 

I've found that moving everything to the cloud and using Google docs/sheets etc took a bit of getting used to, but it works quite well, and renders the need for lots of HD space unnecessary.

 

What can't I do via a Chromebook?

 

Still unsure on that - taking and editing screen grabs is important, but I found a plugin for that. 

 

Skype works via a browser

 

Slack - there's no app, but I can still use the browser based version (the experience is not quite as good though)

 

From what I understand Android apps can work on the latest chromebooks which opens up the ability to use many more apps etc.

 

 

If you are happy with google apps based approach, then perfect.

 

You can take screen grabs and edit the images. Also additional apps in chrome app store.

 

Looks like android apps are now in the stable releases. https://www.chromium.org/chromium-os/chrome-os-systems-supporting-android-apps

 

Also maybe defeats the point, but you can side load linux.

 

One thing I like for the end user for of view. You can't modify the OS and to my knowledge, can't get a virus etc.


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