acer c7 chromebook for $199 y/n

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  1. MonKENy

    MonKENy Golden Member

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    ex gf's cousin wants a laptop/netbook for...

    "I want something that I can use for school and for pics and videos of my daughter "

    and do you need any special programs?

    "I don't think so ill just be using it for school but I'm not sure what programs ill need for that"

    considering all google docs can be converted to .docx and .xlc she doesnt need MSoffice

    What do you think of https://play.google.com/store/devices/details?id=chromebook_acer_c710

    what else do you guys recommend for <600
     
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    $199 and 600 is a big range, you should be a bit more specific.

    C7 will probably not be great with battery life unless Acer releases a 6 cell. However, an upgraded version of the C7 has already been announced, with a 6 cell and better specs at $299 (http://www.gizbot.com/tablet-pc-lap...dated-4gbram-500gbhdd-newfeatures-009444.html) - so that might be a better choice.

    I imagine it wouldn't be hard to install Windows 8 or Linux on this machine if Chrome isn't your thing.
     
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    Some info I found:

    http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2012/12/how-to-install-ubuntu-on-acers-199-c7-chromebook/

     
  4. DaveSimmons

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    No, eventually school is going to need them to run some Windows program, or they'll want to use something at home that isn't just a browser app.

    You can get Windows dual-core Pentium laptops as Hot Deal for under $300, i3s for under $400, and an i5 for under $600. Look for one with 4 GB of RAM for better performance than just 2 GB.

    Most people would be fine with the Pentium.
     
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    you can get a dual core atom netbook from geeks.com for the same price.
     
  6. crab0

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    If you think a Chromebook is good for here spend the extra $50 and get the Samsung. Lighter, no fan, better battery life and nicer screen.
     
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    MonKENy Golden Member

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    I would prefer to spend less but she can go up to 6 so I guess the best 399 and 599 laptops one each for options
     
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    This is going to change from day to day, especially during holiday sales.

    When exactly would the purchase be made, and does it need to be from a local store or are Amazon, NewEgg, Circuit City / TigerDirect OK?

    Are mail-in rebates OK?

    Screen size? 15.6" at 13x7 is common, but for $600 she could possibly get something lighter with a smaller display at the same resolution (13 - 14").

    Refurbs OK? Dell Financial Services has some cheap off-lease laptops.

    In general, any recent intel with 4 GB RAM should be fast enough, so the screen, keyboard and build quality could be what you would focus on.
     
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    MonKENy Golden Member

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    Yes online is fine.

    I think it would be purchased in less than a week of my referral.

    I would say a good screen would be 13-15 inch then its large enough to be easy to use but small enough not to be TOO heavy.

    I would stay away from refurbs for her.
     
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    Chromebooks are to laptops as Windows Phones are to Smartphones
     
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    Heh. Nice analogy. Another would be comparing Surface to the iPad.

    Sure... they look cool and are fun to use, until you find some commonly used application that you need and isn't available for your chosen platform yet.

    Besides, you basically need Office in most colleges. You don't want him to be THAT GUY... the one who screws up the team presentation because their "Office Like" program has different templates and formats text differently than Microsoft Office does. I hate cleaning up after that guy.
     
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    MonKENy Golden Member

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    ok so the next would be a $300 and a $600 alternative