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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-14-2011, 09:47 AM Thread Starter
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Chromebook is like a throw-away computer

I think the price-point that Google and their partners has set for Chromebooks is because they just want people to buy it, try it, and throw it away. Its not a serious computer for business. Its just for tech geeks to play around with and go "oh cool the future might be in the cloud" that's interesting.... then boot up their Apple machines and say "ahhh an operating system that works, is fast, and doesn't require web"
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-16-2011, 01:45 PM
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I think the actual business user will love the Chromebook, no "my machine died and I lost my files" issue, just boot up somewhere else and everything is there.
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-20-2011, 03:09 AM
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well cloud is not offering you 2TB storage. Storage cloud is limited and if you want more you just have to buy so more money. Also i don't think it is a throw-away laptop. 450$ are a lot of money. who throws away money these days?
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-20-2011, 01:12 PM
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I do not throw away money, however I have 3 kids, one is autistic and one is 3. So I buy cheap laptops that will probably get broken in a year maybe two if I am lucky, then buy another. This is rather than spend $1,000 on something to last years. So, by throw away tell me this. Could I use it to search the web, to do work I take home with me and homework for school or online classes for a year maybe two?
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Throw away? I hardly think most people need much more than what the chromebook offers - I did online schooling on this computer which is far slower than the chromebook....and I'm still using it today (about 3 years after purchase) more than any other computer at home. I have a core i7 desktop, yes, but while idle that uses 120 watts and makes the noise it takes to cool such juice. My little netbook with an Atom n270 is wherever I want it, often running without a fan (the only moving part), and perfectly capable for not only the work I did in research, presentations, and documents for school, it runs >90% of webpages, including live flash-based audio/visual/textual presentations that were my 'classroom' for courses which were online. Youtube is good without going fullscreen or having cpu-intensitve sites(e.g. myspace) in the background, and Hulu is reasonable if you don't go fullscreen.

Even ignoring the clock-speed increase - because it is pretty minor anyway - the Chromebook Atom should do better due to the fact that Intel moved the GPU and memory controller onto the processor for significant gains in both power use and performance(on the power use side it is huge). The new Atom also supports a pcie video decoder which would make fullscreen hulu no problem at all, but to date I do not know if the chromebooks have the add-in video decoder or a way to install one. Two more higher tech-specs on the chromebook which beat my system include a dual-core instead of single core and two gigs of ram instead of one. The memory might just be for show, chrome OS is on top of linux and in linux I never run out of ram, easily getting fully logged-in and ready to go using only 40 megs of ram - Windows is the only OS I have seen using 900 megs of ram just to get to the desktop. The dual-core should help significantly when doing youtube or hulu with facebook and myspace open in the background.

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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-23-2011, 02:31 PM
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i dont think it's throw away material. maybe a lil pricey for a netbook.
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-23-2011, 04:12 PM
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Obviously not meant for certain demographics(graphic artists for example), but this does everything that most everyone who uses a computer needs.
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