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Acer 11.6" Chromebook CB311-9H-C0Z8, N4000, 4GB RAM, 64GB eMMC, IPS, USB-C charging, bilingual keyboard - $199.99

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[Best Buy] Acer 11.6" Chromebook CB311-9H-C0Z8, N4000, 4GB RAM, 64GB eMMC, IPS, USB-C charging, bilingual keyboard - $199.99

  • 11.6 in
  • 1366 x 768
  • IPS
  • Intel Celeron N4000 (Passmark score: 1411)
  • 4 GB RAM LPDDR4
  • Intel UHD Graphics 600
  • Micro SD card slot
  • 2x USB Type-C ports, 2x USB 3.1 ports
  • 3.5 mm headphone/speaker jack
  • Integrated Wi-Fi 802.11ac/a/b/g/n
  • Integrated Bluetooth 5.0
  • Approximate Battery Life Up To 10 Hours
  • Battery - Number of Cells 3
  • Battery - Capacity 37 Wh
  • Keyboard Language Bilingual
  • Colour Silver
  • 29.6 (W) x 1.815 (H) x 19.9 (D) cm
  • 11.65 (W) x 0.71 (H) x 7.83 (D) in
  • 2.34 lbs
  • Auto Update Expiration date Jun 2026
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RedStrikeCa wrote: Gonna pass because it's Celeron
It's a Chromebook...

I had this (before I spilled coffee all over it). Very snappy little machine, worth the price. Screen could have been a bit brighter, but apart from that I really enjoyed it.
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stephroll wrote: I see Acer and 768 , I avoid .
I think the resolution is okay on a 11.6 inch screen with a pixel density of 135. The pixel density on a FHD 15.6 inch screen is 141 PPI, so not that much difference.
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Looking for a Chromebook for my 9yr old, old Lenovo charging port died after 1 year (grrrr). Kinda tempted by this but was hoping for something better. Any alternatives recommended?
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Chromebooks have a limited consumer base. They are not bad for what they are, but they lack in versatility. Depending on what your needs are, at this price point, it might be a good browser, just not sure if it can handle Youtube (a bit like raspberry pi 4 is choppy on YT videos but is fine for internet browsing). In theory, this Chromebook should handle YT video since it has a 2.6Ghz dual processor (I find anything below 2.4Ghz starts to have issues and is hit or miss), unlike the Raspberry pi which can go up to 1.8Ghz. Even with the lower resolution (which is not an issue for the screen size), I'd want to see it handle YT videos before I'd consider this.

If you compare it with Raspberry Pi 400.... well you get a screen and a battery that might last up to 10 hours for ~$60 more. Otherwise, I'd argue they are pretty similar in performance unless YT videos are a requirement and portability is key.

Still not a device for me, but it is a good device if you compare it to a computer from ~2004 but made using ~2017 processor technology...
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Slawek wrote: Looking for a Chromebook for my 9yr old, old Lenovo charging port died after 1 year (grrrr). Kinda tempted by this but was hoping for something better. Any alternatives recommended?
If you have a monitor that has HDMI and don't care for gaming/Youtube videos, I'd consider Raspberry Pi 400, but keep in mind this is not a laptop nor do I expect it to handle youtube video well. Also Linux based.
$134.95
https://www.buyapi.ca/product/raspberry ... plete-kit/

It is underpowered in many ways (although some people use them for retro games) so I'd expect my kid to complain if they have any tasks that require some performance CPU. If this is for school, I would check what the minimum requirements that the school or teachers have for online courses before buying anything.

Good luck.
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Slawek wrote: Looking for a Chromebook for my 9yr old, old Lenovo charging port died after 1 year (grrrr). Kinda tempted by this but was hoping for something better. Any alternatives recommended?
I also need a chromebook for a 9 year old for school this September. Was looking at the Lenovo Flexpad at Costco but this seems like a better deal.
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pacman wrote: I also need a chromebook for a 9 year old for school this September. Was looking at the Lenovo Flexpad at Costco but this seems like a better deal.
I don't have a school age kid. I'm just wondering, why a chromebook? are the school programs broswer based now?
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Why not get this 14" one for the same price at Costco? Better deal I think. Saw at Mississauga Laird location yesterday. Sorry for the blurry pic.
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azraelluz wrote: I don't have a school age kid. I'm just wondering, why a chromebook? are the school programs broswer based now?
Most schools and school boards have moved web based now for a few years, especially with the introduction of cheap Chromebooks / Chromeboxes. You can pretty much do everything online including video editing. Shocking, I know.
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gory33 wrote: Why not get this 14" one for the same price at Costco? Better deal I think. Saw at Mississauga Laird location yesterday. Sorry for the blurry pic.
That looks like the better deal if it is indeed FHD. Too bad I don't see it available online on the Costco website.

However, if I'm going to be using this laptop at school, I'd prefer carrying the lighter 11 inch one.
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azraelluz wrote: I don't have a school age kid. I'm just wondering, why a chromebook? are the school programs broswer based now?
Google got into most schools years ago with Google Classroom.
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User131439 wrote: It's a Chromebook...

I had this (before I spilled coffee all over it). Very snappy little machine, worth the price. Screen could have been a bit brighter, but apart from that I really enjoyed it.
That makes it even worse. What are you comparing this to when you conclude its very snappy?
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gory33 wrote: Most schools and school boards have moved web based now for a few years, especially with the introduction of cheap Chromebooks / Chromeboxes. You can pretty much do everything online including video editing. Shocking, I know.
Thats misleading, some schools use google classroom. That is it, nothing more nothing less.
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Is this good for seniors? I've been looking for a chrombook for paying bills , surfing, some light steaming. Never used one before not sure if it is intuitive and easy to use. The Costco one seems good as it has a bigger screen.
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madamadakun wrote: Is this good for seniors? I've been looking for a chrombook for paying bills , surfing, some light steaming. Never used one before not sure if it is initiative and easy to use. The Costco one seems good as it has a bigger screen.
That's such a vague statement, its a simple low powered device that can handle basic tasks alright. Its not overly useful, but some people dont need much. Its more comparable to a tablet OS than windows, if that helps.
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madamadakun wrote: Is this good for seniors? I've been looking for a chrombook for paying bills , surfing, some light steaming. Never used one before not sure if it is intuitive and easy to use. The Costco one seems good as it has a bigger screen.
Yes, IMHO, many seniors (and perhaps most folks) are the perfect users of Chromebooks -- simple to use and extremely low maintenance compared to other computer operating systems. If want you want to do can be done 'through a browser', then a Chromebook is ideal -- though it can do much more than that through features like android apps, etc.. If interested, pay attention to the 'EOL' (Google End of Life) support date, among other things that are important to you. I recommend Chromebooks to all of my friends. I myself use a combination of Linux and ChromeOS, and own many ChromeOS devices.
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Korin25 wrote: Chromebooks have a limited consumer base. They are not bad for what they are, but they lack in versatility. Depending on what your needs are, at this price point, it might be a good browser, just not sure if it can handle Youtube (a bit like raspberry pi 4 is choppy on YT videos but is fine for internet browsing). In theory, this Chromebook should handle YT video since it has a 2.6Ghz dual processor (I find anything below 2.4Ghz starts to have issues and is hit or miss), unlike the Raspberry pi which can go up to 1.8Ghz. Even with the lower resolution (which is not an issue for the screen size), I'd want to see it handle YT videos before I'd consider this.

If you compare it with Raspberry Pi 400.... well you get a screen and a battery that might last up to 10 hours for ~$60 more. Otherwise, I'd argue they are pretty similar in performance unless YT videos are a requirement and portability is key.

Still not a device for me, but it is a good device if you compare it to a computer from ~2004 but made using ~2017 processor technology...
I would just get a basic iPad over a Chromebook, much faster media consumption device with a way better screen. That's just me though.
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Kevcorm wrote: Thats misleading, some schools use google classroom. That is it, nothing more nothing less.
Not really. It's absolutely true that most school boards have moved to web based learning management systems (LMSs) environments in one form or another, but by far the most popular is Google's. Google Classroom is just one part that is an LMS. There is a lot more that some school boards, schools, and classroom teachers are doing. A LOT more. Having said that, there are still many teachers who are doing just the bare minimum. In today's COVID environment that would mostly be just using Google Classroom. If you have a child that is in the latter situation, then I'm sorry and saddened. Just remember that in all occupations and walks of life there is the whole range of poor to outstanding, but most people try what they perceive is their best.

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