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Author:  rog [ December 13th, 2012, 3:40 pm ]
Post subject:  Chromebook

Here's a good review:

http://liliputing.com/2012/11/acer-c7-c ... aptop.html

At $199 with no tax if you buy from the right place, this machine is definitely being sold under cost. As reported, the chassis comes from Acer's existing lineup. It's overall a nice looking laptop that doesn't look or feel cheap except for the use of decals to put the letters/numbers on the keys. Not sure how long that will last.

The battery is pretty small, so as people have complained, battery life is probably not so good.

The Chrome OS is better than I expected. Using what looks like a browser for everything is not as annoying as I thought it would be.

The file manager is kind of odd, you can't even see how much space you have. This needs some work.

Creation of google docs offline is fine once you enable it. Spreadsheets are not available yet.

Creation of a recovery USB was pretty straightforward. I used it to swap in a SSD. The OS loaded up to the SSD with no issues.

Netflix & Hulu work fine, even in full screen.

Video files that are in phone-compatible formats seem to work fine.

I think I will keep the OS for a little while, though I may dual boot to Unbuntu. I don't think I am going to bother installing Win7 though.

Author:  skybank [ December 13th, 2012, 6:22 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Chromebook

Thanks for the first hand review!

One question can you view pdf's outside of the crome browser? i.e save it to the desktop and then double click to view.

Author:  rog [ December 14th, 2012, 12:42 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Chromebook

Sky, everything happens in a browser-type window. There's a desktop, but you can't put anything on it. You can change the wallpaper. So when you view a pdf, it happens in the chrome browser window.

But you can load anything for offline viewing, including pdfs, either via the internet or by just plugging in a HD, flash drive, SD card, etc. My usb wireless mouse worked fine too.

Author:  skybank [ December 14th, 2012, 1:27 pm ]
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Ok thanks for the information!

Author:  rog [ December 18th, 2012, 1:49 pm ]
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"Picasa is not currently available for your operating system"

:icon_eek:

:banghead:

Author:  Evan614 [ December 18th, 2012, 3:57 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Chromebook

can you load ice cream sandwich or jelly bean on chromebook?

Author:  rog [ December 18th, 2012, 4:23 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Chromebook

I don't know Evan, but those are for tablets, this is a laptop with no touchscreen....

Author:  skybank [ January 6th, 2013, 11:50 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Chromebook

I also picked up the Acer $199 version and have been happy with it so far. Everything I do for work is cloud or internet based, so it been good for what I need it for and I just discovered today that a little wireless mouse that I picked up also worked right away with it as well!

To expand on Rog's comments the movie format that it plays movies off line is the mp4 format.

Author:  rog [ January 11th, 2013, 1:10 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Chromebook

I needed to configure a router, so I figured I'd try it on the Chromebook. I did have to make sure to check "automatic" for the ethernet connection, but otherwise I was able to do the manual configuration through the browser just like I would on any other computer.

Author:  skybank [ January 11th, 2013, 11:06 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Chromebook

The information on how to set up printers is not that great, so I did a search and found a video that explained it.

Once I logged into the chrome brower on a shared work computer I was able to add all the office printers to my chromebook.

Author:  rog [ January 11th, 2013, 1:14 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Chromebook

Sky, do you also have the impression it's being sold under cost? It's a pretty nice machine for only $200.

Author:  skybank [ January 12th, 2013, 9:57 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Chromebook

rog wrote:
Sky, do you also have the impression it's being sold under cost? It's a pretty nice machine for only $200.



Yes, everyone I've shown it to in the office is amazed at the cost. Considering that an Acer netbook is around $300 and is smaller I think they are selling it for below cost!

Author:  vespajet [ January 12th, 2013, 11:21 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Chromebook

skybank wrote:
rog wrote:
Sky, do you also have the impression it's being sold under cost? It's a pretty nice machine for only $200.



Yes, everyone I've shown it to in the office is amazed at the cost. Considering that an Acer netbook is around $300 and is smaller I think they are selling it for below cost!


They recoup their money elsewhere, like with apps. They're doing a similar thing with the Nexus as well.

Author:  rog [ January 12th, 2013, 3:32 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Chromebook

Hmmmm, I don't see any revenue generator for the Chromebook........I think they are just lowballing it to get it out there........

Author:  skybank [ January 13th, 2013, 12:04 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Chromebook

vespajet wrote:
They recoup their money elsewhere, like with apps. They're doing a similar thing with the Nexus as well.



I have yet to pay for an app! I've had a Andriod for about 3 years and I have yet to pay for an app.

Author:  vespajet [ January 13th, 2013, 4:30 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Chromebook

skybank wrote:
vespajet wrote:
They recoup their money elsewhere, like with apps. They're doing a similar thing with the Nexus as well.



I have yet to pay for an app! I've had a Andriod for about 3 years and I have yet to pay for an app.


There are plenty of free apps across all platforms, but there are some apps in which there are premium versions available. For example, there are the free versions of the various Angry Birds games for Android but if you want the HD version, you have to pay for it. I know that for the BlackBerry PlayBook, the only version being offered of the various Angry Birds apps is the premium version. Most users tend to opt for the free version of an app whenever possible.

Author:  skybank [ January 14th, 2013, 9:21 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Chromebook

The more I use it the more I like it!

I was doing a very slow Open House on Sunday and I was able to create a "word" document off line and I learned that I can show power point presentations in full screen! I love that it saves the documents when you are off line and then you just have to log in when on line it they are saved in the cloud as well.

Author:  rog [ January 25th, 2013, 7:14 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Chromebook

Slides, their version of Powerpoint, is now available offline. I am surprised they didn't do their spreadsheet next, but I suppose that's coming too.

Author:  pebbles1 [ January 25th, 2013, 7:41 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Chromebook

I think I want one.

They aren't readily available in the UK yet. At least not at a decent price.

Author:  skybank [ January 26th, 2013, 8:57 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Chromebook

rog wrote:
Slides, their version of Powerpoint, is now available offline. I am surprised they didn't do their spreadsheet next, but I suppose that's coming too.


I was able to us show a power point that was on a sd card last weekend while I was off line.

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