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Old 06-04-2015, 12:00 PM   #1
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Chromebooks as an off-machine

I'm currently looking into investing in a Chromebook as a "I'm going downstairs for half an hour and want to do some work" type of PC.

So what I mainly want it for is:
  • Google Drive (writing/storage)
  • Tweetdeck
  • Forums
  • Reddit
  • Gmail

As all of these are cloud-based, I was thinking the Chromebook would probably be a good choice, saving some money and not faffing around with a slow OS with unnecessary bloat ware.

Just wondering what your guys opinions were? Chromebook worth it? If not, what would be better? If it is, do you have any recommendations?
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Re: Chromebooks as an off-machine

TBH sounds like a Chrome book is spot on for you mate.
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Re: Chromebooks as an off-machine

If that is what you need it for, then a Chromebook is bang on. The soon-to-be-son-in-law has one that my stepdaughter bought him for Christmas as an import from the US and it's done him fine for just this kind of thing.
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Re: Chromebooks as an off-machine

I love my chromebook with a passion. Never failed me, and seeing as I move about a fair bit it gets a lot of use. My only recommendation would be to find one with a better screen. There's a new toshiba chromebook with an HD IPS screen but it's difficult to get hold of in the UK.
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Re: Chromebooks as an off-machine

Okay, so Chromebook is a yes.. but there's so many Chromebooks. Anybody with experience with them have any ideas of makes models?
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Re: Chromebooks as an off-machine

Could do a lot worse than this one.

http://www.asus.com/uk/Notebooks_Ult...pecifications/
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Re: Chromebooks as an off-machine

acer do a chromebook with a tegra processor that gets pretty good battery life and reasonable performance
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Re: Chromebooks as an off-machine

friend of mine bought her daughter a chrome book on my reccomendation - it rocks!
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Re: Chromebooks as an off-machine

I own this Acer: www(.)mbreviews(.)com/acer-c720-chromebook.
If you don't want to play Windows games or use a programming language then this is one of the best cheap and light laptops.
I use it for surfing the web, read emails, skype and other "casual" stuff and I am happy with it.
The Chrome OS is a bit different if you are used to iOS or Windows but it is pretty easy to learn, in a couple of hours you will master it.
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Re: Chromebooks as an off-machine

Thanks Larry (and everyone else).

I've picked up an Asus C300M. I'll let you know how it goes!
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Chromebooks as an off machine

I could really get into a 1000 system with those frame rates. I sure would like to see a build sheet so I could check out building one myself.

Thanks for the help Ntrudr
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I remember from an old Mother Earth magazine where this man and woman were living in a Bus. The woman made her own clothing on a Singer sewing machine that the motor had been replaced with 12 volt motor off of a car or truck heater fan and was hose clamped in place of the 110 volt motor. Same pulley fit if I remember correctly. The motors on a lot of sewing machines are exposed right out in the open and would be easy to replace. A car battery deep cycle would be ideal but car barrery could work for a whilea solar panel to recharge and you could do a couple of hours before you need recharging. If you hunted around now for a replacement 12 volt motor , you might find something that is really close toa factory replacement ,you never know.
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