- Chromebook ?
If you don’t mind me asking what Java stuff do you need?
custom app, and the main reason for needing laptop rather than tablet
not my choice of language, but I’m not going to convert it to JS or anything else. Does have a bonus of being able to port to Android, but that version is less than alpha right now, and would only ever be a subset of the java version’s functionality.
16Gig is more than enough for my current Linux install on an old eeePC, so dual boot or chroot thingy or wipe+reinstall may be the way forward. I won’t be needing to store 64gigs of itunes downloads or my photo album locally.Posted 4 years ago
We got an Acer C720 cos it was cheapest and the hardware is remarkably good – light, solid, no fan (most of the time), no HDD, no moving parts, no noise. The alternative in PC World was Samsung, which was ok too but the silvery finish looked as if it would scuff easily. That was £250 for the 3G version iirc.Posted 4 years ago
I have the HP one but in 14″ size (it’s all about size DD 😉 ) – it looks very nice – certainly not tacky. The 11 looks good too but there may be supply problems as the first ones had chargers that could overheat…
EDIT – yeah, ‘coming soon’: https://www.google.co.uk/intl/en_uk/chrome/devices/hp-chromebook-11/Posted 4 years ago
While feeling no need to compensate (unlike yourself for some reason…all vertical eh? 🙂 ), Tesco have that 14 for £249.
Can these be used offline? Eg. as I mentioned above, I’d be building an accounts spreadsheet that I could update on the go rather than this panicky faff every January to get my books done and of course, missing out on all the things I could be using to dodge more tax in the rush. So can I update a spreadsheet offline which could then sync with google docs when in wifi or does chrome have to be “online” to be doing anything useful?
Mind you, I’ve just got unlimited tethering and data for £18/month-2-month from 3 but that’s not coming online till beginning of Feb. 🙂Posted 4 years ago
I got my (bigger one) from Tesco.
You can use them offline and increasingly so – Google docs (including sheets, the excel equivalent) allows offline working and there is that SSD to store some stuff on it for offline if you need.Posted 4 years ago
Ah, thanks for that link.
More silly questions to follow:
Towards the bottom of that article, it says:
Offline editing is limited to spreadsheets that were created after switching to the new version of Google Sheets. Also note that editing “My Drive” is limited to starring files and folders.
One assumes that if I were to buy a chromebook today, and set up a new spreadsheet, that would be using the “new version” of Google Sheets.
I’m not fussed about trying to edit on a tablet…won’t be using iPads for editing spreadsheets, only the chromebook (or say, someone else’s desktop running Chrome).Posted 4 years ago
Yeah, I would expect so. I expect that you can convert ‘old’ ones to new ones though anyway.
I use google docs on my (android) phone and sometimes tablet and it’s surprisingly useable and now that we have our stuff all on google drive, it’s means I can access it pretty much anywhere which has turned out to be surprisingly useful.Posted 4 years agoedlongMember
The only “argh” discovery I’ve had using a chromebook in place of a moribund (Windows) netbook is that the Ordnance Survey “Getamap” thing won’t fly, as it relies on MS Silverlight.
Otherwise, I’m amazed at how brilliant the thing is for the price, and the screen / picture quality in particular is very good (Samsung one, bought last year, don’t know the model number)Posted 4 years ago
does it really use Silverlight?
does anyone actually use that?
pretty sure I used OS getamap on Linux browser at some point (probably stock Chrome, or if not then the open source Chromium equivalent), and don’t remember installing Moonlight or anything. Maybe I did. Was quite a while ago. All I know for sure is it wasn’t Windows or OSX, since I’ve not used either in over 2 years.Posted 4 years ago
yeah was thinking one of the movie services probably uses silverlight.
not a major issue for what I need.
almost tempted. could use a fractionally larger screen and resolution than my eee. it’s that or a cheap lenovo.
now just need to work out the best place to get one with a UK (or US) keyboard, and not a funny German keyboard.Posted 4 years agoTracker1972Member
The main thing holding me back is photo management. I really want a local copy as well as uploading full sized to Google Drive. I know the Chromebook will read cards and allow uploading to Google+, it’s the getting them onto my NAS that is the issue. The http access frankly sucks on the NAS and ftp doesn’t seem to be a realistic option on the Chromebook…Posted 4 years agoAdamWMember
The acer looks good. The HP screen is good but it still has the same CPU as the Samsung Series 3 (which I am using which is good but sometimes I’d like a little more oomph). The Acer uses a Haswell processor and looks as if the screen may be a little better than this one.Posted 4 years agoTheGingerOneMember
I received the replacement charger for my HP 11 yesterday, so once the backlog of existing owners have been seen to, I would not have thought it would be long before they could start selling them again.
Not too sure what they have changed as it appears to recharge at the same speed and it still gets uncomfortably hot 😮
EDIT: In fact it appears to be on sale already ArticlePosted 4 years ago
Just thought I’d AdamW’s earlier post. The hp 14 has a haswell chip. There’s some confusion because there is a previous version of the hp chromebook 14 which was the ‘pavilion” model which obviously has an older chip.
I’ve got the latest hp chromebook14 and it’s a great bit of kit. Just works basically though I’ve found it can be a little hit and miss working on routers (ip address navigation) and I’ve found a couple of websites where kids games don’t work.
And OT, there’s a lot of bs written about Windows. It does slow down over time even if you did all the “maintenance” a full on geek could do because of patching /updates. It doesn’t however slow down quickly unless you constantly install rubbish on it.Posted 4 years ago
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