Ditch the desktop for chromebook?

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  1. haganap

    haganap Funster Life Member

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    My PC has died, after at least 8 years its dead..rip

    Went to buy a new PC but now tempted by a chrome book instead and embracing the cloud,

    Comments please
     
  2. Terry

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    hi Paul if your PC was 8 yrs old you can get a 10x s better one for 150 quid :Wink: have a look on Ebuyer --me- still like the pc better than a laptop but must admit I like the tablet also
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    Dont know what I am talking about but am I right in thinking they run Lynux not Windows. Ok as long as you have an internet connection. That is it, all I have.:Smile:
     
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    Do you need USB for GPS/satnag etc?

    I still need a Windows PC to load walking routes and maps on my Garmin GPS. Also to get lifetime map updates from Garmin and to load Archies Campings POI onto the Garmin sat nav.
    I take just an Android tablet and phone in the van and sync with Google Chrome on the PC in case of loss.
    I also use Open Street Maps on my GPS for walking/biking maps for most of Europe and Garmin Mapsource software is best for this and my PC is essential.

    I think that WIFI aeriels only work on Windows so possibly another consideration!!

    Ah, the world of choice we live in.:Confused:
     
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    haganap Funster Life Member

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    Strictly speaking they don't have an operating system....they just do it all in the cloud
     
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    Think of it like its an android tablet with a keyboard, but at a fraction of the cost. Great for surfing, and plenty of functionality via lots of apps etc. can't run any Microsoft programs or multi task, but as an Internet tool and if you use google mail and docs, they are hard to beat and the low cost make them a winner:thumb:
     
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    My main concern would be using the laptop on WIFI connections with poor bandwidth, as often happens when i'm away in the van. I think it really depends on what you want the machine to do and where.
     
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    what you basically have is a chrome browser front end to a linux os. All geared to running with web apps.the experience is meant to be Very similar to standard chrome browser with its web apps etc

    Lots of positives and negatives but also very dependant on how you want to use them...I tried a version of it on a netbook and found it a tad limiting as it really needed a web connection for a lot of things....and a good one at that. And a lot of chrome books have very limited local storage which didnt work for me

    cloud is great for some stuff...but arse at others if your on a slow link. And not forgetting you have to get the stuff up there first...and uploading is a tad slow..so depends on what you want to put up there..

    my suggestion would be...get an old laptop or use an old one you may have loafing about and blow a copy of chrome os from chromium projects onto it and try it out first. This isnt the pucker chrome os...it a version of it but close enough to see if you can live with it

    whats died on your pc btw...may be easily fixable..
     
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    If all your data is stored in a cloud rather than by you then it is under the control of the cloud owners. If you are happy then OK, I prefer to retain control :Smile:
     
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    haganap Funster Life Member

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    Well gone for a full restore and lost Nikkis docs and now running the PC as a chromebook essentially and dumped all the rubbish...will see how long it lasts :Cool:
     
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    my god, what an abomination the google operating system is! no internet or poor connection you cant do much. even when you do have a connection, using it you have agreed that your documents are free for google to use as they see fit. you cant run windows software on it, so no updating your gps or sat nav

    read the serious reviews written by professionals and you will see what i am saying is not just my opinion

    seriously, if youre used to an 8 year old pc a basic entry level laptop at £250 will be a huge step up. you can also migrate all your documents and many programs over too (run older software in compatibility mode). buy a bargain as most places are selling off the last windows 7 systems cut price now
     
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    There you go, I told you :Blush:
     
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    Probably another silly question, can you skype with them.:Blush:
     
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