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Acer Travelmate 14" i5 Webcam Starting $279

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Mar 21, 2020
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Acer Travelmate 14" i5 Webcam Starting $279

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I didn't end up buying their $79 or $89 Chromebooks after all. Dug into the Travelmates and ended up ordering one.

They have 8gb Ram 500gb HDD for $279. 8gb Ram 256gb SSD for $299 and 12gb Ram 256gb SSD for $319. Think their was pricing is a bit low because the prices seem much higher when I did some basic google searching. I saw on Walmart.ca there's 8gb Ram 500gb HDD for $448, Staples.ca had 8gb 256gb SSD for $429.99 rated 3 star (1 review). Agree, that price point blows and I'd probably rate it 2 or 3 at that price. The Shopping Channel of all places have them listed at $699.99. Found an old code FREE10 for $10 extra off order over $100. Worked fine at checkout.

Set it up... definitely Grade A. Took some shots. Anyways... neat little thing.
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Deal Expert
Feb 24, 2018
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Not bad, we're not buying right now in the company but these are a little tempting.

Next time, friends.
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Sep 13, 2019
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Keep in mind no update from 2025 for windows 10. Not much of an issue if you plan to install a different OS eventually.
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Apr 5, 2018
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I bought a Chromebook($100) from their sale - definitely Grade A as well. Plus it has access to Google Store & AUE is July 2022. And I heard that ChromeOS and Chrome browser are being separated so that Chrome browser can independently update itself. All in all - a good deal.
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Dec 30, 2007
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signops wrote: I bought a Chromebook($100) from their sale - definitely Grade A as well. Plus it has access to Google Store & AUE is July 2022. And I heard that ChromeOS and Chrome browser are being separated so that Chrome browser can independently update itself. All in all - a good deal.
Which did you get?
Deal Addict
Mar 25, 2009
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How does the Acer Travelmate compare to Lenovo Thinkpads in terms of reliability and build quality ? I’m very familiar with Lenovo due to my work, but not so much with Acer. Any opinions?
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mcfrugal wrote: How does the Acer Travelmate compare to Lenovo Thinkpads in terms of reliability and build quality ? I’m very familiar with Lenovo due to my work, but not so much with Acer. Any opinions?
You can't say build quality and acer in the same sentence unless you are making a joke. Much like acer's build quality is a joke.
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Nov 18, 2015
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Friends don't let friends buy ACER laptop...
Newbie
Dec 20, 2017
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Use discount code REFURBIO to take another $20 off. Great deal.
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how are their refurbished laptops ? I never used this website before, how is the battery in general on these refurbished laptops ?
Deal Guru
Mar 1, 2002
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Basically 4x faster than those $79 Chromebooks (2512 Passmark). You get what you pay for.
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Jul 22, 2020
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Angultra wrote: Basically 4x faster than those $79 Chromebooks (2512 Passmark). You get what you pay for.
Does the speed of chrome books depend on how fast your internet connection?

Are the chrome books still for sale? Could anything go wrong with them? What's the pros and cons of a Chromebook as I've never used one nor seen anyone using one. Sorry totally new to them.

Tia!
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Mar 1, 2002
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GreenLean wrote: Does the speed of chrome books depend on how fast your internet connection?

Are the chrome books still for sale? Could anything go wrong with them? What's the pros and cons of a Chromebook as I've never used one nor seen anyone using one. Sorry totally new to them.

Tia!
This is a good video on the differences. Fyi the $79 deal was for really crappy ones from 2011, but most concepts still apply.

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Jul 22, 2020
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Angultra wrote: This is a good video on the differences. Fyi the $79 deal was for really crappy ones from 2011, but most concepts still apply.

Do ou think laptops are slowed down on purpose like cellphones are? It seems the more you use the laptop, the slower it gets over time. Microsoft always wants to update it and it seems to me that just slows things down instead of just leaving it alone.
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GreenLean wrote: Do ou think laptops are slowed down on purpose like cellphones are? It seems the more you use the laptop, the slower it gets over time. Microsoft always wants to update it and it seems to me that just slows things down instead of just leaving it alone.
Kind of, but like cellphones you can factory reset if things get too bad.

Most important thing for old laptops is an SSD, if still using a HDD will see massive gains from switching. Usually day and night in snappiness.
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Feb 9, 2017
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GreenLean wrote: Do ou think laptops are slowed down on purpose like cellphones are? It seems the more you use the laptop, the slower it gets over time. Microsoft always wants to update it and it seems to me that just slows things down instead of just leaving it alone.
I've never used Macs or Chromebooks before but Windows does slow down using a technique that constantly accesses the hard drive. SSDs will help but ultimately I/O operations are always the slowest. The only way to avoid intentional or unintentional slow down of PCs is to switch to Linux, which has no incentives in the consumers upgrading their hardware.
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Jul 22, 2020
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Angultra wrote: Kind of, but like cellphones you can factory reset if things get too bad.

Most important thing for old laptops is an SSD, if still using a HDD will see massive gains from switching. Usually day and night in snappiness.
What's the cheapest decent quality ssd? I probably will just use it as a boot drive. Looking for lowest cost and doesn't matter much how big it is. Just want a reliable one that will last 5 year or so.
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Jul 22, 2020
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dodgybackhand wrote: I've never used Macs or Chromebooks before but Windows does slow down using a technique that constantly accesses the hard drive. SSDs will help but ultimately I/O operations are always the slowest. The only way to avoid intentional or unintentional slow down of PCs is to switch to Linux, which has no incentives in the consumers upgrading their hardware.
That's really interesting. Which Linux's would you suggest? I'd want something easy to use and reliable.

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