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Chromebook Advice

by tomortlieb / October 5, 2013 2:29 AM PDT

Hey everyone,

I am looking into purchasing a Chromebook, but need some advice. I am a high school teacher and use Google Docs exclusively and thus have no problem with the Chrome OS or always connected issues. I also have no desire to purchase a tablet, as I have worked extensively with both the newest IPad version and Microsoft Surface. Both of these do not fit my needs as an educator at all. I also have a laptop and powerful desktop, but need something portable. Here is what I need help with:

- Samsung, Acer, or HP?
- I read about the new haswell models: are these worth waiting for? Any idea when they are going to be released? I am not the most patient person when I have my mind made up on something.
- I also like idea of my device not slowing down over time (like my laptop) - any alternative options to the Chromebook that isn't a tablet?

Thanks,

Tom

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My opinion.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 5, 2013 2:32 AM PDT
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Thanks for the input!
by tomortlieb / October 5, 2013 2:37 AM PDT
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Thanks for the quick feedback!! It seems like the Acer will still be $199 when it is released:
- http://liliputing.com/2013/09/acers-new-chromebook-celeron-2955u-haswell-cpu.html (this is just one link that states this)
- The HP will be $299 (from CNet) http://www.cnet.com/laptops/hp-chromebook-14-fall/4505-3121_7-35827866.html

Our district has Acer netbooks currently, which have been fine, but I have read many negative statements of the build of all Chromebooks, but especially the HP and Acer. Do you agree with this?

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Sorry but I don't agree.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 5, 2013 2:44 AM PDT
In reply to: Thanks for the input!

These are made for a price and will never compare to say the Cadillac metal body laptops.

They are fine for the price and with that out of the way I'll share I have an Asus x202e which I note because it has an 11.6 inch screen. I can use that size for many things.

If this was my money, I'd go cheap.
Bob

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Valid point
by tomortlieb / October 5, 2013 2:48 AM PDT

I definitely get the logic - plus, IF the price were to stay the same then something else would have to be skimped on for sure. Thanks again. I will also check out the Asus.

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Also check out amazon.
by orlbuckeye / October 6, 2013 11:03 PM PDT
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The chromebook is the leading selling laptop on Amazon.

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I don't see waiting for the
by orlbuckeye / October 6, 2013 10:47 PM PDT
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haswell giving you a big advantage in comparing the cost. Also you said you don't want something that will slow down over time. One thing with the Chromebook your at the mercy of the connection speed. So depending how portable of a device you need. Now some of the phone providers may offer a chromebook with a 3g or 4g LTE card.

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