Pros When they say 8hr battery they mean it.
Nice display quality.
Enterprise setting can be remotely controlled.
Total replacement warranty.
No virus worries.
Software seems pretty robust.
Cons Touchy about wireless settings.
Enterprise setup has some undocumented pitfalls.
Get quite difficult if they don't have a constant good internet connection.
Summary We purchased 46 of these for a school. The first time we turned them all on they stopped functioning. Turns out the first thing they each wanted to do was run a 700mb update. Downloaded fresh system on 2 usb sticks and did it manualy. Good news it it only takes 11mins per machine to update and configure to the network from out of the box. After 2 months 1 machine needed to be refreshed (11mins) and one machine had to be replaced. Not bad.
Chromebooks are very limited with what they do but if thats all you want them for then its no a problem. Although they require very little maintenance and are nealry impossible to stuff up which is a saving I still think they cost too much.
"Um...it kinda worked?"on by epran
Pros It's simple, kinda, but it also resembles a slight ripoff of Windows 7 taskbar had a baby with the iOS home screen with an Android launcher.
Cons Grossly underpowered, a traditional laptop could use the internet faster.
Summary One of my instructors brought some of these in for us to work on writing assignments, so that we could access our Google Docs accounts created for us to give her assignments. Once we were assigned one, we proceeded to log into our accounts to learn how to use the devices. It wasn't hard to use, but at the same time, half of my classmates couldn't even figure out how to change the time, customize the chromebook, and various things such as that that should be...well, simple, as the Chromebook is advertized as. Yes, it's pretty, until you put some sort of Bob Marley theme on top of Chrome. It's also not totally usable for the average user. If a high school/college student didn't want to try and figure out a new OS, what makes Google think an elderly woman would? Eventually, most of us gave up and brought out our own laptops. We noticed that the internet connection suddenly became significantly faster once we did that. Also, being forced to stick with Google services isn't the greatest thing. Yes, Chrome is a great browser, but what if I want Firefox? What if I want to add Office Web Apps instead of Google Docs? Note: We were actually given the 'higher-end' Samsung Chromebooks, not the cheaper Acer ones, either. I don't think I'd ever switch to something like that; it's not a terrible user experience, but it's not a terribly good experience, either. It's got a good way to go. Until then, I'd much prefer a Full OS such as Windows 8 or OSX Mountain Lion.
Pros Very long battery life
Highly polished interface
K.I.S.S - Keep It Simple St#pid
Cons Limited to the web and web based apps
16 GB SSD is not conducive to installing other Linux Distros
Many apps still lacking
Summary Most people these days use their computer for 1 thing and 1 thing only - they live in their browser. Ask your aunt, neighbor, mother, brother, etc. what they use their computer for and they will tell you it is primarily for internet usage. They open a browser and everything they do is done from there.
If this describes you, then this may be the laptop for you. It's extremely simple to use, lightning fast load times and optimized to the point of absurdity. That said, if you want more than just a web browser, this is NOT the laptop you want to buy.
I knew what this device was long before I bought it so I wasn't surprised by it's function. What surprised me was how quickly a device optimized for the web would actually function. 7 second load times from power on to surfing the web is not an exaggeration, rather it is a fact! Using the web on this device FEELS faster than my i5 core laptop with 4x the hardware.
Sure there are things I can't do on my Chromebook but that's not the point of a Chrome OS device. It is built for the web and it does that extremely well!
Pros - Incredibly fast boot times
- Good wifi range (Better signal than my i7 quad core, anyhow)
- Sexy interface (Seriously, I find windows kinda boring)
- Limited to work (No installable games)
- Google docs (Free!)
Cons - Can't run the full skype app, none of my contacts really use google hangouts
- Not a lot of apps available for the device
- Missing ability to 'pin' other folders to file browser, currently limited to "Google Drive" & "Downloads"
Summary I am currently using ChromeOS on the $250-$269 (If you're in Canada) Samsung laptop, with a 16 GB SSD, and 2GB RAM - so my review will reflect my experience with these specifications! Don't get me wrong, ChromeOS will probably function a lot better if you're on one of the higher end machines (Not that there are many).
After using it for about a week, the price and it's ability to carry out what it was designed for is great!
I am very glad that I got my ChromeBook, because now I am limited (yes, limited) to mainly using it for work, without the distractions of tempting programs like video games, skype, antiviruses, ect. I feel that the chromebook has brought back a lot of simplicity to using a computer, to a time when there weren't many bells or whistles. The chromebook has an excellent battery life, and due to the lack of applications (Which is also a plus), you are less tempted to get distracted by having skype open in the background, which also lets your battery last longer!
ChromeOS has very wicked startup (From pressing the on button, to being able to run google docs lagg free) and shut down times, which are greatly appreciated since I need it for school, and the professor does not wait for me to start up my laptop so that I can take notes. All of the apps possibly needed for basic work are available in some form of the other, with google docs being able to replace Microsoft office. I am very glad that there is also a 'offline' mode app for google docs among other apps, which allows me to take notes, even if there is no internet for whatever reason.
I love how you can choose how you want an app to be run, by right clicking it. There are 4 modes of launching apps.
- Open as normal tab
- Open as pinned tab (Stuck to the left of screen, only favicon displayed)
- Open as window (Really slick window type thing - pretty much your app with no tab bar or omni box)
- Open as full screen (Similar deal to "Open as window", but almost as if you've pressed the "F11" button to fullscreen it, like on windows)
There are a few frustrations, like the lack of some programs, and the computer's inability to have a ton (and I mean at 10 or more) of tabs open and still retain the extreme smoothness, but for only having 2GB's of RAM, I think ChromeOS does an excellent job managing the RAM and power consumption. The low amount of RAM and processor inside my laptop are the main reason for this, and my inability to watch HD videos as flawlessly as a normal computer.
Although, I do try to keep in mind that similar windows computers wont function anywhere nearly as good as ones running ChromeOS, most in part because windows is designed to be used in computers with a bit of power in them. In a sense... if you have $900, go get that fancy windows computer instead - it'll perform better, and have more programs available, but if you only have $300 or $400, get a ChromeBook - in my opinion it will quite easily rival another laptop $100 or $200 more expensive than it. That being said, I have a Samsung Chromebook (around $270 sale price with no taxes) and a Samsung gaming laptop (around $1200~ a year ago, around $900 now) - this laptop pretty much beats my older one in DPI (How close the pixels are in the screen, although the other one does have an overall higher resolution), weight, startup AND shutdown times (Seriously, windows 7, mine freeses on shutting down - what the fudge?), and battery life (to be expected, vs. a 17.3" behemoth.)
If not having much functionality when you have no internet is a problem for you, then just remember that the functionality of other computers is limited as well. Chromebook does have certain ways of letting you work on googledocs/slides/ect. while offline. The main file storage may go out the window, but there is an SD card and a 16GB SSD in the machine for a reason.
My final verdict would be to say, if you are on a budget and need something reliable, that will travel with you, get a ChromeBook.
If you're looking to game, or run fancy 3D software, there is no way ChromeOS or most of the models that do have ChromeOS are going to fullfill your thirst for raw power & cross-platform compatability.
Pros 1. Drop dead simple
2. Google and go
3. Sync all settings
4. Remote Desktop to Windows based machines
5. Modern UI (most people are used to using)
Cons 1. Remote desktop app requires local installation of files on Windows
2. Remote desktop app doesn't sync across browsers.
3. No VMware View VDI App in the Google Chrome webstore.
Summary Great second laptop for students, college students, educators or people that don't like to have to worry about IT and "fixing" their laptop.