Laptop versus Chromebook?
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.
Oct 20th, 2019 7:41 pm
Oct 21st, 2019 12:12 am
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Oct 21st, 2019 3:05 pm
Basically this, especially with Chromebooks being able to run Android now.
Oct 21st, 2019 4:20 pm
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Oct 21st, 2019 9:38 pm
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 rangescotsum 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 .
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 .
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.
Oct 21st, 2019 10:25 pm
Oct 21st, 2019 11:37 pm
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.
Oct 22nd, 2019 2:08 am
I actually turned one into a dedicated "buying" machine for ebates.
I don't believe so. Modern ones I think are fine, but older ones no.
Oct 22nd, 2019 8:23 am
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).
Oct 23rd, 2019 4:06 pm