@eeterrific I heard that MSFT will allow illegitimate versions of Win7 and Win8 to be upgraded to Win10 for free (and activate it with a legitimate license). Not saying it's legit, but it would mean no need for a license.
@ccyoun In my experience buying more than a dozen chromebooks in the last couple of years, mostly all of the time, the Google Drive offer has been redeemed, but it'll probably still have some, if not all of the Gogo internet passes since people rarely ever use them.
@dannyjoe08 I am not sure why you would call them garbage. I am on one right now, my laptop is sitting on the floor. This device is awesome for surfing the web and watching videos. I do all of my homework on it and use it for skype, now that skype has a beta web version. I could not be happier with mine.
@conandlibrarian May I ask you to elaborate on how you do your homework on it? I'm considering getting this for my daughter, to replace an aging tablet, but am trying to decide if I should just get her a laptop instead.
@Achromatter I use Office365, so I have access to Word and Excel. My college uses a distance learning program call Desire2Learn which works fine on my Chromebook. Office 365 is great for school, I can do a paper in a format that is familiar to me, and accepted by my professors.
@Achromatter Google Drive is free and very robust, I use it at work all the time. She may have access to Office365 for free. Check with her school. Many schools/districts have deals with Microsoft to offer the product for free to their students and staff.
BTW, if she recieves a Word documents, she will be able to view them, it will just open on Google Drive.
@dannyjoe08 Yeah, but they are built quite well. My wife's Chromebook is still in perfect shape, while my much-more-powerful Lenovo has had the screen break twice, power connector broke twice and my "Y" key falls off. I'd recommend the Chromebook in a heartbeat.
@SteveL That's amazing, congrats! I was trying to get to a year and failed, first due to the 9/11 Meh. curse where clicks disappeared, then due to forgetfulness. I'd suggest you celebrate tonight by not clicking :).
Just to one up you, since that's how I roll (unfortunately, according to my wife) take the product of your age in days, times the amount spent in your one year report/statistics from Meh. in pennies, times your longest streak of Meh. clicks (500 I guess in your case). I'll bet I win this one and will proudly claim to be the oldest, dumbest aMeh.rican.
My Meh. ageSpendClick production ANSWER = 1.42933E+12
My regular laptop's touchpad just stopped working and nothing I've tried has worked to fix it. A wireless mouse doesn't work on it either, so now I'm stuck with no laptop (keyboard still works though).
Strongly considering buying this.
As a side note, anyone know what might be wrong with my laptop?
@Thumperchick I'm not by the laptop now (in the library using their computer), so what will pushing F6 do? From what I can google it looks like it switches between desktop files/taskbar/system tray and navigates browser window items. This is definitely a huge help, but it doesn't really fix the trackpad/mouse lol
@sohmageek I reinstalled the track pad driver. It's still sorta broken though because it won't recognize my Logitech keyboard/mouse combo (km350). The keyboard works but the mouse doesn't. And neither show up on the device manager. I think I'm just gonna reinstall the OS
@sohmageek Unfortunately I'm only have 1 usb 3.0 port to work with, the other one shorted out or something (another problem I need to troubleshoot lol). And if the dongle wasn't working wouldn't both the keyboard and mouse not being working? As of now, just the mouse won't work. Keyboard works fine
@BkrT maybe. Try I pairing and repairing the mouse. We had one mouse where the optical part came loose and was up inside it somewhere. The buttons worked fine. For the $15 it was better to buy a new one than ship it back. I took a screwdriver to it and popped the optics where they should be. Makes you almost miss ball mice....
Perhaps this could push our old bullet-proof Toshiba NB505 (1024 x 600) netbook into the back corner of the closet. (Been using it with an external drive to watch DVD's whilst camping.) Full HD 1920 x 1080 crammed into 13 inches on this Chromebook? Monster improvement. But something tells me there might not be a resident DVD player app in Chrome?
@RedOak everything I have ever read has said that chromebooks can't play dvds due to licence restrictions (they don't wanna pay the $5 fee, same reason windows quit playing by default, the downside here is there is no VideoLan (VLC) for chrome os (yet).)
Well I'm a power user (dev, sysadmin) I use a Toshiba CB35-A3120 as my main machine. I think it is the same as Meh's offer but with 2GB instead of 4GB. I can open about 20 tabs before it auto-defecates. I use the Tabs Outliner extension to shuffle groups of tabs around.
I do a lot of command line stuff so it's basically just running a terminal window (using tmux on remote host) and a few browser tabs 99% of the time. Works great for that. You can also just install Linux on it, or run Linux in a container within it, or other weird stuff.
I was using MacBooks religiously but I realized I was just using Terminal most of the time which seemed kinda silly. I put an Apple logo sticker on the lid and the experience is pretty much the same for me.
If it was $100-$125 I'd buy another one, but honestly $150 is a little... meh.
So for anyone on the fence about this thing, it's a pretty good deal. The screen is amazing - the average Chromebook screen is usually a crappy 11.6"~@ 1366 x768 display. The formfactor is awesome: .75" thick @ 2.9lbs w/ a 13" display make this great for a travel laptop that you can beat the shit of without feeling too bad about if you break it.
The 4gb RAM is also great, it's double what the "baseline" Chromebooks are. (My Asus only has 2gb and runs fine with KDE/Ubuntu).
The processor and the storage are the mehest part about this thing. Passmark has the processor at 1059 (vs. the older C720's 2955u's 1462). The SSD is only 16gb, so you probably already figured out that sucked. I run a micro/slim USB3 thumb drive in mine though, super fast and cheap without having to upgrade the SSD.
Real talk though dawg, it's a Chromebook. You're probably going to be using it for watching cat videos or porn (realistically, probably both.. maybe not at the same time.) and for $150 it's a good deal.
@lapisa22 recently, some deals have been extended for six hours to very mediocre people (VMP's) which is meh's free shipping club that costs $5 for 30 days and also gets you other cool stuff at times... but mostly it is what they ^^ (above me) are saying.
@BkrT 10 years ago... maybe less than 10... 10 years ago was about when I think I purchased my first laptop... came with 1 GB ram, and I think a 30 GB hard drive... maybe we were up to 100 by then, but I doubt it... black Friday sale at walmart, I think I paid the same amount as Meh is asking for this... so From a technical aspect, yes this laptop is much better than what I got 10 years ago... but I'm also not trying to install Windows XP on it where 4 GB was AWESOME, and 16 GB hard drive (let alone that it's faster) was ok, but still not preferred...
@njd@henare I probably should have phrased the question a bit differently: do you know if chromebooks are trending to a place where they will have more functionality or are they pretty much going to stay like this? (maybe internet and video will get sharper in subsequent versions, or something)
@Mehntok Video capabilities will improve, but the trend Chromebooks are counting on is the cloud. The capabilities are hosted elsewhere, and your device is just your interface to it. So Matlab in the cloud is how this would happen.
@djslack@mehntok yup. capabilities will improve (there's mumbling about smooshing chromeos with android) but all the heavy lifting happens elsewhere. the whole point is that you can do it in a browser...
I've been using a chromebook for a year now I would not have bought this one because I already have one and one is all you need. The battery life is great and it does all the internetty things well. keyboard kinda sucks but is good enough for typing blurbs. I also bought a new laptop to do real work on though.
Regarding Chromebooks: It really is a "get the right tool for the job' situation. There are those that find these a perfect fit for their needs, those who find NO good use for them and those who want to "adapt" them to make them into something else. The confusion happens when some new potential buyer reads comments without understanding this.
@JerseyFrank Thats why I created a script that runs every day at 10PM MDT and sends me a text message with what the item is and a link to meh (mainly so I don't forget to click the meh face but the script always fails at least once every 100 days or so and then I forget to click the meh face and lose my streak :(... happened like 3 times already).
Woot has these occasionally as well. Suggest using @lichme's wootstalker to set up an alert if you're still on the hunt.
I purchased one of these new from Amazon last April and it was worth the $300 I paid for it then. So, yes, this was a steal IMO. My daughter uses it for everything -- school, entertainment, writing, etc. The screen is amazing for a Chromebook, maybe even for a laptop. It's light, powerful and easy to use.
If I had one gripe, the body is plastic and feels a little cheap, but my attitude on laptops is that it's what's on the inside that really matters. So, like the opposite of people.
@Thumperchick Respectfully, I have no intention of paying two cents to send this unit to be fixed after it arrived defective, irregardless of it being new or refurbished. meh can refund my purchase, send me a shipping invoice, I'll send it back to them and they can do with it what they want, and meh can retrieve their cost from the company (Encore computers) that refurbished it because Encore sold a defective unit to meh which in turn sold it to me.
I have done so, their email stated they will get back to me on Monday and included a case#. Thank you for your reply on a Saturday. I recognize my frustration was showing - refurbished electronics sold online, I should know better. Have a nice evening.
I ordered a replacement on eBay until I get meh or Toshiba to get me a replacement. I don't want to run out of power until I find out who screwed up. The male DC power jack connector on the eBay replacement power supply is definitely different and smaller than what I received in the package. I am expecting to see other postings soon, I can't be the only one.
Still using this Chromebook as my all-purpose laptop for more than 3 years. I don’t find any significantly better deals than this Chromebook even 3 years later. Though it doesn’t support Crostini which is “Linux on Chromebook”, but I connect to my Android phone with mosh to develop softwares with this laptop.