- cheap laptop – Chromebook? or something else?
I’m typing this on a chromebook so you know it’s good. 😉
Light, fast, cheap and reliable in my experience and I’m getting about 6 hours off a charge. Relatively secure as well which is a bonus.
For browsing, emails and home office/study type stuff it’s ace, obviously you’re unlikely to be video editing or anything on it but you know that already. The “needs wi-fi” thing is generally overstated if you’re even remotely organised and I’ve no trouble tethering to a phone so it’s even less of a drama.
The one thing which bugs me is the lack of direct printing but apparently there’s an upgrade coming to deal with that and if you’ve got a wi-fi enable printer then it’s not an issue anyway.Posted 4 years ago
Im a bit of a chromebook evangelist.
love mine to bits. fast, light, cheap. I live in googleworld so it suits my needs perfectly – even RDP to my desktop if I need to do some heavy lifting on Excel.
cloud print works well as does wifi printing.
7s boot and 6hr battery is fantastic.
and learning the shortcut keys has been handy.Posted 4 years ago
Laptop died yesterday. Curiously, it doesn’t like being doused in water by a 6-year old…
We already have an ipad so there may be no need to replace it – if I can actually prise it out of my wife’s/children’s hands…
but I’m thinking of the chromebook – £200 seems good value. I just use it for browsing mainly. Anyone have one?
Presumably there are some good deals on laptops these days, as everyone goes tablet mad?Posted 4 years ago
Yes, you can open active pages in new tabs or windows and alt+tab between windows. You can also tile the desktop with the windows as you want. Although on an 11.6″ screen you would probably just alt+tab, but both chrome books and chrome boxes support multiple screens with extended desktops so you then you might use tiling.Posted 4 years ago
cant go online, natch…
It supports offline documents and gmail. I havent tried local video playing yet, but pretty certain there’s an application that will do it.
BTW – just copying an avi, an m4v and an mp4 file over to a usb stick to do some testing and will report back later. got to go out now.Posted 4 years agoVan HalenMember
Do they Bluetooth? Or alternatively could I stream music from it, or I suppose the cloud, to my amp/hifi?
I suppose I could plug in the headfone jack but it would be nice to do it cable free.
Looking at the old hard drive version for a mp3/internet/remote work thing.Posted 4 years agoMushMember
This may well be a more sensible, hugely cheaper alternative to a Macbook Air for me as I’m about to start my MA dissertation and need something portable for uni work.
This may be a daft question, but are there any issues between transferring files between google docs and word files?
Are there apps for MS Office, particularly Powerpoint?Posted 4 years ago
chromebook & bluetooth:
I have no first hand experience as I dont use BT for anything.
Mush, download Chrome from here:
Get a google account (w gmail address)
get going on google drive & google docs as dobo suggests and have a go.Posted 4 years ago
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