Look meh it’s been too many days without a response from the staff. I am determined and now my next mission is a Christmas list, sponsored by meh and presented by everyone who posts on my comment. Without further ado, I present the meh Christmas shopping list:
IRK Plushies, Mehgic 8 Ball (all responses some form of meh.), Squatty Potty (because we don’t have the fukubukuro anymore and our crap needs to go somewhere), AAA batteries, poop meh emoji pillows, and candy corn because it’s near Halloween duh.
@deathbynoodlez Thanks, I’ll look. Tomorrow I’m returning a touch Chromebook purchased on Newegg refurb B stock that has a defective screen. Now I know that B stock means used shit also. It looks abused and dirty.
Oh even if these come back don’t do it! You can get crappy refurbished chromebooks at the new egg for $80 any day. If you really want one that bad, I have a few spare laptops running Linux, for $150 I’ll happily take half the memory out, replace the hard drive with an SD card with chrome OS, and pee on it.
My 2013 Chromebook took a lickin’ and lasted nearly 4 years. Perfect for traveling and general carelessness.
Sure, Google is greedy with yer data, but it’s a trade-off worth it for many situations. EZ to wipe it and start fresh. The downside is the battery, which will need to be CAREFULLY replaced after a 2-3 years of reasonable use. These cases are not meant to opened, so YMMV. Also, the power connector went wonky after year 3.
Yep. a $150 underpowered notebook IS disposable. And handy. No moving parts, monster graphics card = killer battery life.
Another plus is that eventually more older versions will be able to use Android apps going forward.
The item linked to at Amazon isn’t the same item. The one below seems a closer match, though not refurbished. The meh! Amazon link only has 2 GB ram, whereas the one selling here, is 4 GB, among some other differences.
ChromeOS is garbage, but most (all?) Chromebooks can be formatted and used to run Linux, or you can dual boot them. Especially as more and more websites cram more and more CRAP into their pages… on top of Chrome being insanely memory hungry to begin with… ChromeOS is falling farther and farther behind of what the concept was meant to be: a fast, lightweight, simple operating system meant mostly for cloud-based simple productivity applications and web surfing.
If you want a portable websurfing computer and you’re not comfortable with removing ChromeOS and installing and using Linux, you’re much better off buying a used/refurbished Windows notebook or buying a tablet. Unless you replace ChromeOS with Linux, there is nothing chromebooks do that Windows notebooks don’t do better.
@mehshark Oh man I totally disagree with you. I love my Chromebook. I’ve used with crouton and not. I prefer not. I use it for everything except for gaming really. The one I have has excellent battery life, runs Android apps, starts up in about 8 seconds, can be wiped and reloaded in about 3 minites, and never really experiences the slowdowns you were speaking of. I’m not saying this HP will be like that, but my Toshiba Chromebook from 2015 definitely is.
@mehshark For this price, you’re not going to find a lightweight window’s laptop or tablet that will run smooth and quiet, stay cool, and have good battery life. I guess you could drop $1000 for a Surface tablet…
@OnionSoup 4GB is nowhere near enough for a Chromebook now because of how memory starved Chrome is. That’s why old ones crash all the time when using modern, content-heavy websites - there’s just too much going on for the OS to handle so the entire thing locks up.
I disagree that Chromebooks are the best choice. Maybe they were once upon a time, before Chrome became such a bloated nightmare of a program. If you could use Firefox on ChromeOS (or any other, similar lightweight browser) instead of being forced to use Chrome, I might have a different opinion.
As it is, though, the best use for a Chromebook is to be repurposed into a Linux book.
@mehshark@OnionSoup@medz@paradigm I use a 4GB ram Chromebook daily in my property management business. It has a cellular modem card which makes it remarkably portable and was a great deal for a refurb over on Woot.
All this talk of “just convert it to Linux” is just so much unicorn poo. Talk to people who actually use a Chromebook before being so contemptuous please.
That’s just the first page of results, without even really doing much work. $270 for a 4th gen i5 with 8GB RAM and a 10 hour battery life on average, and unlike a Chromebook it runs Windows without any trickery required and it can be upgraded without trouble. You could easily purchase an SSD and slap it in together with the HDD later if you really wanted a faster boot time. The screen is low-res, but you aren’t going to get double digit battery life without a low-res screen - the new PixelBook (Google’s flagship) has a lovely display but also craps out in a little under 8 hours under stress testing (typically playing a video on loop at 50% volume and 50% brightness.)
It’s also worth noting that you’re looking at spending $500 or more on a Chromebook if you want 8GB RAM, since most models come with 4GB and Chrome struggles with so little RAM with all the crap that websites cram into their pages these days (chat apps, video, and so much more.)
The Android app compatibility isn’t really that notable because the Android apps have to be specifically ported over to ChromeOS if you want them to work without bugs or glitches, and many apps that are designed for a touch interface don’t work nearly as intuitively with a trackpad or attached mouse. Maybe someone that’s really app-focused will value it higher, but I haven’t found a single app I use frequently that is worth using on my chromebook rather than my phone unless we’re counting Google productivity apps (Snapseed, Docs, Sheets, etc.)
Nah, man… Chromebooks are garbage now. It’s a lot better to spend the extra $100 and get a real computer if you want a budget notebook and I can’t imagine why ANYONE would spend several hundred on a top-of-the-line Chromebook over a high-end Windows or mid-range Mac device unless they were heavily immersed in Google apps.
@mehshark all 3 kids run 4GB HP Chromebooks without any issues and they run very smoothly.
Linux is fine, but it’s not kid friendly or old person friendly… Nor is it just set it and go friendly, even something like Ubuntu. Everything has its niche. If you like Linux, that’s great, you’ll get more out of the hardware that way… But 90% of people can’t handle more than basic windows functionality… For the majority of people Linux is not the answer.
“Chromebook is great for people who don’t understand computers very well.”
I’m a solutions architect for a San Francisco cloud infrastructure startup, specializing in our Kubernetes offering. My work computer runs Fedora Linux (I’ve run some version of Linux as my primary work OS since 2010, two years before I started as a consultant at Red Hat). My personal desktops and laptops have run Linux since Debian Slink.
I use my Meh-sourced 2015 Toshiba Chromebook daily.
@kodojr3 I named my car Verizon Hum device personal hotspot “NSA Roving Surveilance Van #239” I just wish I could hear or see people reaction when they get a WiFi alert while driving or at a stop light only to see tge name and then all the sudden it’s gone.
Warranty is 90 days. Is that from purchase? When it arrives? Or when it is opened if register warranty then.
My youngest has this Chromebook but has damaged the screen and I’m considering replacing it for Xmas. If warranty starts from purchase date that wouldn’t give much warranty. Anyone any idea when warranty officially begins?
@OnionSoup With most of these things, it’s from date of purchase. So, by the time Meh actually packs it up some time after Thanksgiving and ships it to you on the back of snail in a wheelchair, it will finally arrive at your house some time in late April, and your warranty will already have expired. But, YMMV!
Took one of these on vacation and was so frustrated with it being incapable of completing the most simple of tasks I vowed to never use it again - and I haven’t.
Copy/paste, 95% of “right-click actions”, simple text highlighting, audio, video, etc, etc - NOTHING in ChromeOS works like it should - at least not on these fucking doorstops. Trying to use Google Maps was BEYOND WORTHLESS - if Google apps can’t run on Google’s own OS what the fuck good is it? Maybe I simply haven’t seen the “right device” but I have no idea how ChromeOS is still a “thing” - much like everything Google post-2008-ish it’s a pig in a pretty dress (that mines your data)
And it’s STILL the same price I paid for it 2 years ago.
My Asus Transformer pad running Android 4.4 runs circles around this turd even with every app being 4 years out of date.
Well, they haven’t fixed the listing, so it bears repeating - the specs of this Chromebook are not the same as the old Chromebook they compare this to on Amazon. This one is the HP Chromebook 14 G5 - this year’s model. Things like USB C ports, LPDDR4, and the N3350 - those are new and shiny features.
Also, I compared a model like this (but with 11" screen) to an upgraded model with the quad-core CPU and 8GB of RAM. I was surprised that for casual use I couldn’t tell the difference. So our schools bought ones like this.
This is a G5 version of the HP Chromebook 14.
I just picked it up and it is working quite well. It actually has 4GB of RAM. The screen isn’t the best though.
It also runs Android Apps quite well. If this comes up again, it is a great buy. Highly recommended.