Honestly, there's just too much more (say node.js dev) that I can get on a cheap Windows box that I can't on a Chromebook. I've purchased cheap Windows boxes to throw in the car in case I'm caught somewhere with an hour or two to burn, but ChromeOS doesn't do much for me.
Now if this hardware is easily broken and I could slap Ubuntu on it, I'm in...
@Beardmancer I have an Acer Chromebook (not sure if same model) and Linux was pretty easy to set up with crouton. A couple things: -16GB of storage kind of sucks if you want to run various programs (presumably why you're using Linux). Using an SD card makes everything super slow. -Install the latest version of Ubuntu - I was having tons of problems until I installed Trusty.
@Beardmancer I used to think this was a silly question - if you want a linux laptop, just spend the money and buy one. But then I found myself without my Macbook, and I used crouton, and it works well. If you can live with the command line only, it's a lot better - you pop open a terminal in a Chrome browser window, and you've got vim, or whatever other Linux tools you want! I've got a LAMP stack installed - mysql is a little screwy, but Apache works great for local development. X is slower and uglier than Chrome GUI, but if you like Linux, there you go. The SSD size is the only limitation.
@Beardmancer It's really easy. I'm running/posting this now from KDE on the toshiba they had awhile back. I can run steam on it and a few apps. It's also good for some web content that may require a more robust browser. I just went in on the acer too and will do the same thing.
@Tin_Foil After my Lenovo Yoga broke, I got a Chromebook, and it does nearly everything I've needed my Windows laptop to do. It was an amazing $250 well spent, and you're getting the deal of a lifetime with the sub-$100 price point.
@Tin_Foil I wouldn't bother, Chromebooks are extremely limited in what you can do. I looked into it last time one came up on here, none of my apps will work on it, you are forced to use Chrome as your browser, and to top it off, the specs are terrible. Chrome needs about 800MB of Ram per tab, you would only be able to open two tabs on this before you overload it.
You can get a Windows tablet for the low $100s that can do everything this can, plus because it is Windows it actually has plenty of apps you can run.
@copperx I use Vim for programming, and farm out compilation to remote servers (non-incremental builds can take hours). I spent most of the time working in a tmux or screen session over SSH, so very little changed when switching to Chrome OS.
And fortunately my company uses Hangouts rather than Skype, so I haven't had to fire up crouton much either.
@Froggy I've never had this issue and I've been using chromebooks for several years now. I can have tons of tabs open and it's never crashed. I also don't know why you would want to use any browser but Chrome. And so far as I can tell the Chrome webstore has an app for everything (although I don't know what you mean by "your" apps. It's not an Apple product you realize)
@ellett Same here, kind of. 2008 Macbook Pro was dying and got the first gen HP Chromebook to take to Europe for three months. The screen was shit quality but EVERYTHING else was sufficient with or without the Linux install (keep in mind though that i had a 4gb RAM model). 7-10 hours battery life is AMAZING for weekend trips. I actually left the charger behind on 3 day trips. Also, Minecraft for Linux worked really freaking well, and that was 2 years ago.
I highly recommend a Chromebook as a go-to device, just not as a full replacement if you like gaming, Adobe suite, or other specialized software.
@hurtsdonut Good in that it's cheap. Maybe not so good in that it's internet based, not sure if you want to just cut your kids loose on the Internet. Although if Norton Online Family still exists, that will provide you with free web filtering that is platform independent (doesn't need any software on the computer itself to provide protection).
@hurtsdonut I would say so. It's not touch screen, so if your kid is 2 like mine and used to phones and tablets, learning the mouse cursor will be a challenge. Otherwise, good for web browsing and some games. They have a thing called "supervised user" which basically let's you see what they're doing on it and you can block sites.
@justan79 My thoughts exactly! It might be nice to try out, but what will I do with it after 15 minutes? I have tablets for basic web browsing and a laptop with a real OS for real applications and games.
@justan79 It's great for replying to emails. For me (a touch typer) I can pull the chromebook out of my back pack, fire it up and attach it to my phone hotspot and reply to one of my dad's email faster than just trying to reply on my phone keyboard. ...but then as long as it's open, let me just see if there are any interesting forum posts on meh, ...and now 45 minutes are gone forever, so maybe just use your phone.
Active TFT but not likely IPS. It could still be decent and I would have probably bitten if I hadn't got a ThinkPad Yoga 11e (128gb SSD) week before last from the other place. Caution to those thinking to Winify it...it says it has Intels 7260 same as my 11e and the Windows driver has bad antenna reception. Fedora (Linux) is fine with it.
I've had the Toshiba for a year now and I use it every damn day at school. My wife uses hers for Netflix and such. They're great for web stuff, very portable, and cheap enough that I can throw it around without stressing too hard.
Note: they mentioned Skype a few times in the description, but it's incredibly difficult to use Skype on a Chromebook. Anyone figured out an easy hack yet?
Daaaaamn you meh. I just bought the Toshiba and I've been so happy with it. This will make a great "on the go" alternative as the 13.3" is great for livingroom/couch websurfing. Or it'll live in my garage as a controller for the 3d printer.
The only failing I see in these units is the N2840 processor. My Acer c720 has the old 2957U and even with 2GB RAM, runs much smoother than my Toshiba Chromebook 2 (4GB RAM) with the N2840. The N2840 is just sluggish loading pages and streaming HD video.
@KeinoDoggy Actually, there's quite a visible difference between the nicer IPS screen in the Toshiba Chromebook 2 and the TN screens found in this Acer and most other cheap laptops (and inexplicably some expensive ones too).
Also, you might want press Shift + Esc to check if something is pegging the CPU -- I haven't noticed any sluggishness in the Toshiba compared to another laptop with a (IVB) Core i5. Video playback is flawless.
There seems to be three attitudes towards Chromebooks: those who see ones only as hardware to be modified, those who call them "limited" because they don't run Office, etc., and those who find they do practically all they need. Get the right tool for the job.
@narfcake Yes, but it isn't one company with ever-increasing life-scope. Bathed.
I choose diversity. In email providers. In email accounts. In browsers. In operating systems. In apps. In platforms. In eComm sites. In banks. In retail stores. In credit cards. In passwords. But I stick with one spouse.
I bought one but every time I hear "first sub $100.00 computer" I think of this one: Introduced: July 1982 Price: US $99.95 Weight: 12 ounces CPU: Zilog Z80A, 3.25MHz RAM: 2K, 64K max Display: 22 X 32 text Peripherals: Cassette recorder T/S printer OS: ROM BASIC Timex Sinclair 1000
Aww, @sligett, you are so sweet for thinking of me, but my mom gave me a new computer for my birthday/Christmas. You see, my mom loves/loved to shop and she really loved to give gifts. She would buy things and then hide them away until it was gift giving time. This year, to my surprise, she had pre-shopped for me, a Dell XPS 13 computer. I know nothing about Dell computers, but Mom was a big fan of them, and I was knocked over and yes, crying, when I found it-- my last prezzie from my mom.
Thank you @sligett and @OldCatLady. Mom was the computer expert in our family, I find myself just bumbling along, but I'll eventually (maybe) figure out this new computer. However, I'm not too fond of Windows 10. They took away all of the old games that I liked.
@charliefjohnson Some time ago I got a refurb that acted like that. But I waited too long. You should act while it's under warranty. Either contact Acer as described in the paperwork included with the Chromebook, or contact meh at https://meh.com/support .
Today I opened the two I ordered and they appear to be new. Both work fine.