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Light, small, easy to use - a tablet with a keyboard!,
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This review is from: Samsung Chromebook (Wi-Fi, 11.6-Inch) 2012 Model (Personal Computers)
When my old laptop conked off, I needed a laptop to use around the house. I also recently started commuting by train to work so wanted to buy a small, light laptop that I could take with me and check email or facebook or read the news, surf the web etc. on the train. I also wanted a real keyboard for the occasional work-related email, so the iPad was out. When this Chromebook got announced I was pretty excited since it really fit all my criteria - light, quick to boot and so on. I received it a couple of hours back and I have to admit its really nice.
I went from box to being fully setup (including my bookmarks and extensions) within a few minutes. This Chromebooks also comes with a lots of apps pre-loaded and I also got an offer for 100GBs of storage on Google Drive. Gmail and YouTube are also installed on the desktop so the sites I use the most are right there. Overall this machine feels quite fast. The interface is also quite clean and pretty especially the background images that come with the device.
I like how light the laptop feels and that it can easily fit into a small laptop bag that I take on my commute. I could potentially leave the power cord at home as well since it's supposed to last for several hours without needing a recharge - so even less stuff to carry. It's easy to take from room to room within the house as well. The other thing I noticed is how quiet this is - specially compared to my work desktop or my work laptop which I can hear from another room! This laptop feels very different from all the laptops I have used in the past - its almost like an iPad but with a keyboard so its more useful. I am amazed at the price - this feels a lot more expensive.
Overall based on the last couple of hours of usage I am happy that I bought it. This is exactly what I wanted.
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Initial post: Oct 25, 2012 1:51:38 AM PDT
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Posted on Oct 25, 2012 1:52:06 AM PDT
It's so quiet because there isn't a fan or hard disk drive to produce noise.
Posted on Oct 25, 2012 7:39:47 AM PDT
Andrew Aleman II says:
When did you order your chromebook, and when did you get it? I ordered my early and still have not got a word about it yet.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 27, 2012 8:06:00 AM PDT
Some people bought it from Google Play the moment it was released online last Monday.
Posted on Oct 28, 2012 11:33:49 PM PDT
Quote: "I also recently started commuting by train to work so wanted to buy a small, light laptop that I could take with me and check email or facebook or read the news, surf the web etc. on the train".
So, you have a WI-FI internet on that train, right?
Posted on Oct 29, 2012 1:04:43 PM PDT
Is the chromebook metal or plastic?
Posted on Oct 30, 2012 3:55:32 PM PDT
Mamoon Baig says:
"a tablet with a keyboard!"
I cringed... it's called a netbook...lmao
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 1, 2012 9:01:13 AM PDT
Amazon Customer says:
How about a hotspot device that plugs into your laptop or you put in the briefcase? That is the ticket!
Posted on Nov 5, 2012 6:31:15 AM PST
Amy M. Beardsley says:
Does this have a CD-rom? Netbooks usually don't.
Posted on Mar 25, 2013 10:33:10 AM PDT
I'm somewhat unfamiliar with Chromebooks and was wondering if someone could help me answer a few questions. Is the Chromebook basically a an enlarged version of a Android smartphone minus the phone capability? Can I just use the browser to stream movies from sites such as Netflix, Hulu, Vudu, YouTube, etc.? Or do I have to download those apps and play them from there? Can I just hook up a HDMI cable from this device to my HDTV to watch those sites? Or is it more involved than that?
Basically, what I want to know is can I stream videos from various websites using this Chromebook's browser but displaying it on my HDTV (using just an HDMI cable)? I say "various websites" because I may not be necessarily watching from Netflix or those other popular sites.
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