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Laptop versus Chromebook?

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Laptop versus Chromebook?

Why are chrome books so expensive? Some appear to be the same price or more than a laptop. Is it because they are using better technology?

Laptops appear to be much more versatile and hard drives etc.

What’s the difference between a chromebook and laptop at a $500 price point.
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Thanks. I’ve been doing some research since I posted. I think I’m being swayed to a Chromebook. Something different. I will be keeping my eyes out for sales.
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Hi,

It really boils down to how you intend to use the device. I consider a chromebook or tablet to be a large screen version of a smart phone, while a laptop is a portable version of a home computer. The other consideration is how you need your tablet/laptop to connect to other devices.
https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/chro ... vs-windows
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Fraser River Rat wrote: I consider a chromebook or tablet to be a large screen version of a smart phone, while a laptop is a portable version of a home computer.
Basically this, especially with Chromebooks being able to run Android now.
You're SEVERELY limited as to what you can do with a Chromebook because of the OS. Linux is an option which does open it up quite a bit, but you still can't install Windows based programs easily.
That's not to say they don't have their uses.

That said, I'm not sure I'd buy one again. I have a couple of them and my oldest one JUST hit the update sunset which I didn't think was a thing with Chromebooks.
If it was a computer based machine I could install another up to date OS it without issues.
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I've posted a bit on CBs & am a fanboy so thought I'd let it out there 1st.

As to the topic, a CB is a laptop& is def a computer so topic point is moot. Whether one should get on the CB train or not can only be answered with personal needs & wants. Answer this few questions....

1. Is there a specific Win/Mac app that is a requisite?
2. Does one need a general all-in-one machine?

If the answer to the above is yes, then IMHO, no a CB isn't your thing (much like a tablet as an only device isn't). However if one already has (or have easy access to) a Win/Mac, then a CB is a great addition to the family. I use my CB primarily for content/media consumption, emails, word pro with a smattering of android games & apps.

In this role (again IMO), my CB can't be beat. I can surf any sites (dodgy, extremely dodgy & definitely dodgy or otherwise) with no fear. Where Angels fear, I venture like a God! No malware, No adware, No viruses & with the appropriate extensions, No (or very little) ads either. My free spotify behaves like premium with no ads interruption. & neither do I suffer from similar YT or other free streaming sites.

No bloatware means my CB is exactly as it was from day 1. No slow downs whatsoever - infact, reports are that ChromeOS speeds up with updates but honestly, I can't notice much but whatever.

If the worst happens & chromeOS is corrupted, my "nuclear option" is a powerwash & a sign-in = a 10-15mins endeavor. & if I save my files to cloud, nothing is lost.

& unlike tablets, I have a real fullsized keyboard. & like real computers, I can multitask eg. 20+ tabs spread across 4 virtual desktops with 2 videos concurrently steaming ..... and casting one of them to my TV simultaneously. Try that on a tablet Face With Stuck-out Tongue And Tightly-closed Eyes.

My battered cracked (have to regularly push in the display + duct taped in left bottom corner) 2+yr old Asus C302ca still provides me with 7hrs sot & my 3 week old HP x360 14 gives me 12 hrs (or so) of sot. Eat ya heart out Win lappies Smiling Face With Open Mouth And Smiling Eyes.

I'm sure u get the msg & can do ya own homework. If a CB seems to be in play, then my personal tips are to ensure (or atleast try) to own a device with atleast a core M3/i3 cpu, 8gb ram, 64gb storage & a FHD display. O & a 2in1 convertible is also a very nice option.

ps: Linux is already built-in to the latest ChromeOS on some machines although its still a drag on install/uninstall syntax but it's there for the pros. O & google assistant is now built-in as well just as on a pixel phone.
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For a similar price point, you’re much better off with a laptop in my opinion. I bought a Chromebook and I honestly regret it. I didn’t realize the limited functionality before buying. Many android apps do not work on a Chromebook making it rather useless...
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Do all Chromebooks allow Linux installation on them?

That is the only reason I would be interested in one. Makes for a very cheap and light Linux machine.
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scotsum wrote: I've posted a bit on CBs & am a fanboy so thought I'd let it out there 1st.

As to the topic, a CB is a laptop& is def a computer so topic point is moot. Whether one should get on the CB train or not can only be answered with personal needs & wants. Answer this few questions....

1. Is there a specific Win/Mac app that is a requisite?
2. Does one need a general all-in-one machine?

If the answer to the above is yes, then IMHO, no a CB isn't your thing (much like a tablet as an only device isn't). However if one already has (or have easy access to) a Win/Mac, then a CB is a great addition to the family. I use my CB primarily for content/media consumption, emails, word pro with a smattering of android games & apps.

In this role (again IMO), my CB can't be beat. I can surf any sites (dodgy, extremely dodgy & definitely dodgy or otherwise) with no fear. Where Angels fear, I venture like a God! No malware, No adware, No viruses & with the appropriate extensions, No (or very little) ads either. My free spotify behaves like premium with no ads interruption. & neither do I suffer from similar YT or other free streaming sites.

No bloatware means my CB is exactly as it was from day 1. No slow downs whatsoever - infact, reports are that ChromeOS speeds up with updates but honestly, I can't notice much but whatever.

If the worst happens & chromeOS is corrupted, my "nuclear option" is a powerwash & a sign-in = a 10-15mins endeavor. & if I save my files to cloud, nothing is lost.

& unlike tablets, I have a real fullsized keyboard. & like real computers, I can multitask eg. 20+ tabs spread across 4 virtual desktops with 2 videos concurrently steaming ..... and casting one of them to my TV simultaneously. Try that on a tablet Face With Stuck-out Tongue And Tightly-closed Eyes.

My battered cracked (have to regularly push in the display + duct taped in left bottom corner) 2+yr old Asus C302ca still provides me with 7hrs sot & my 3 week old HP x360 14 gives me 12 hrs (or so) of sot. Eat ya heart out Win lappies Smiling Face With Open Mouth And Smiling Eyes.

I'm sure u get the msg & can do ya own homework. If a CB seems to be in play, then my personal tips are to ensure (or atleast try) to own a device with atleast a core M3/i3 cpu, 8gb ram, 64gb storage & a FHD display. O & a 2in1 convertible is also a very nice option.

ps: Linux is already built-in to the latest ChromeOS on some machines although its still a drag on install/uninstall syntax but it's there for the pros. O & google assistant is now built-in as well just as on a pixel phone.
OP's question is NOT laptop vs CB in general. Its why you still want to buy a CB if both laptop and CB are at 500 dollars range
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While I was first sceptical of Chromebooks, I went on Kijiji & bought a cheap used one, I think it was $170. I figured, even if I didn't like it, I would be able to sell it for almost the same as what I paid. I ended up loving Chromebooks, they boot up immediately, require no maintenance & are virus free. Even cheap Chromebooks I found to have better browsing performance (eg less laggy) than cheap laptops.

I bought Chromebooks for older family members too, so I never have to deal with them calling me, saying there's some virus or their computer seems much slower than usual, etc. I became such a fan that I've even bought some of the higher end Chromebooks over the last 2 yrs.
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smartie wrote: OP's question is NOT laptop vs CB in general. Its why you still want to buy a CB if both laptop and CB are at 500 dollars range
hmmm I believe OP's headline in this thread says "laptop v chromebooks" but regardless, even if we take your query of why anyone would still buy a CB v win in with a similar price, to a degree I do believe I've answer it quite succinctly. I could list more but that can be construed as long winded so I'll let those with a need to know do their own homework.

as to OP's lesser inquiry of why CBs are so expensive, I didn't answer cos I'd don't have 1st hand knowledge as I don't work for any of the mfgrs nor do I know anyone privy to such knowledge. my best guesses are...

1. CBs are a small niche in the whole scheme of pc's so it must be priced higher to make a decent margin as afterall, mfgrs aren't in the altruistic business.
2. or maybe its cos there's (far as I know) no clone chromebooks nor can one even install chromeOS on an non google certified machine.
3. or perhaps its the same answer of "why do dogs lick their b@#ls", mfgrs price it that way cos they can.

as to why CBs specs are much lesser than win machines, I can only guess its cos chromeOS's hardware requirements are much lesser. for sure the bean counters will always ensure that builds are always to the lowest common denominator.
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scotsum wrote: In this role (again IMO), my CB can't be beat. I can surf any sites (dodgy, extremely dodgy & definitely dodgy or otherwise) with no fear. Where Angels fear, I venture like a God! No malware, No adware, No viruses & with the appropriate extensions, No (or very little) ads either.
I actually turned one into a dedicated "buying" machine for ebates.
No adblocker on the browser and on a separate network without my pi hole so I don't get blocked for referral links.
Same concept: Try to infect me all you want. There's very little to infect.
I certainly wouldn't try this with a Windows machine. I was actually going to for a while and just automate reimaging the thing or something but figured I had a leftover chromebook so why not.
Crichtonfan wrote: Do all Chromebooks allow Linux installation on them?
I don't believe so. Modern ones I think are fine, but older ones no.
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Crichtonfan wrote: Do all Chromebooks allow Linux installation on them?

That is the only reason I would be interested in one. Makes for a very cheap and light Linux machine.
Referring to dual-booting Linux: Probably not all, and for those that do there are differing levels of install difficulty and feature compatibility. In my case I have purchased many used Chromebooks and Chromeboxes, and they are run Linux just fine -- though some gave me a tougher time than others to do so. As well, the other day I almost purchased one of the newer Chromeboxes -- only to find out that there was currently a bug that prevented booting alternate operating systems (even with MrChromebox firmware).

Referring to running Crouton Linux in parallel with ChromeOS: Not sure, but my guess would be that any can do so (?).

Referring to running Crostini Linux within ChromeOS: Only some of the newest models can do that.
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now if only theyd make a damn 17inch chromebook FHD for cheap! one that installs googleplaystore and apks!
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