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Does anyone have a Chromebook and hate it as much as I hate mine?

Loathe it, but am stuck through the plague until I get another one. Mine quits and has to be restarted constantly, jumps around when typing and I just want to throw it away but I don't have another backup. I am used to the Dell Inspiron and just plain old fashioned laptop computers that I can see! This screen is so small that I can barely read anything. Comments and helpful hints please!.

by Anonymousreply 3705/25/2020

It's a failed product. Not ready for prime time.

by Anonymousreply 104/16/2020

I considered getting one but glad I didn't when I read your review, OP. I prefer a laptop.

by Anonymousreply 204/16/2020

I'm using one from work and I don't really like it.

(I'm an Apple user normally)

But, I'm happy to have a job.

by Anonymousreply 304/16/2020

I've had two Chromebooks (Acer) and both have been happy with both. No technical issues over the past 5 years. I recently used a PC laptop and forgot how long it took for apps to load.

by Anonymousreply 404/16/2020

I have a Google Pixelbook (Chromebook) that has been faultless for more than a year now.

by Anonymousreply 504/16/2020

I jumped off the Chromebook train when they stopped providing security updates for my 3 year old, perfectly functioning HP, which was not inexpensive. Although it continues to function, it is effectively.a brick because it receives no security updates. I'm not going to risk my personal and financial data on it because my Google account might become insecure.

Google considers your purchase to be disposable. Before buying, check the 'end of life' date for your particular hardware..

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by Anonymousreply 604/16/2020

I have one as a backup laptop, OP, and haven’t experienced any of those problems. ChromeOS is pretty bare-bones and the hardware is pretty generic.

How much porn have you watched on it?

by Anonymousreply 704/16/2020

Not much porn at all! (NO.7) Reading emails and news is such a pain that I usually get off quickly.

by Anonymousreply 804/16/2020

I didn't know what the Chromebook actually was when I ordered it.

One of the few times I've ever returned something to Amazon.

by Anonymousreply 904/16/2020

You can flash the ROM and install Linux. All you need is a tiny screwdriver & a willingness to follow directions in order.

by Anonymousreply 1004/16/2020

The extra $100 for a windows-based laptop is well worth it. If you are buying a chromebook, an Apple is probably outside of your price range.

by Anonymousreply 1104/16/2020

I was given one at my new job so that I could WFH. It's the worst computer I've ever used. And I use the term "computer" loosely. I think an iPad has more functionality. This thing is just so stripped-down simple that it becomes almost useless for anything other than browsing the internet.

First off, you apparently can't even USE the damn thing unless you have a Google account, so I had to either create a fresh email address or log in with my personal one. Second, I couldn't figure out how to save documents to my desktop. Does it even have a desktop or a file organization system? Third, the keyboard sucks. No caps lock key. No delete key. I've never seen a laptop keyboard with so many traditional keys missing.

I used it for a week then gave up and switched to logging into the remote desktop with my personal iMac.

by Anonymousreply 1204/16/2020

R12 - hear you. for delete go to the upper right and use backspace key. copy and paste is cntrl c and cntrl v. Just go online and ask questions and the answers will pop up. I am sure that there is a "chromebook for dummies" book available. One thing I read about the little buggers is that they designed a version especially for use in elementary schools and they can be dropped and manhandled without too much damage. One of the biggest problems for me is that I have vision issue and need big print and the screen is way too small. I read in segments in order to keep the font size large enough for my needs. As soon as this covid shit is over I am going over to best buy to see what is available. I will use my covid money! The Chromebook will be used for travel. It is a lot lighter than full sized laptops. I also had a lot of trouble getting connected at my daughter's house but when I got home it worked fine on my own wifi.

by Anonymousreply 1304/16/2020

I just ordered one.

Got tired of my sluggish Windows laptop. I mainly use Google's suite of apps for office work and am comfortable storing things in the cloud, which I can then access on my phone when I'm in the field. I don't do video-editing or online gaming or whatever it is people do that makes them need an OS to support those apps.

I like that Chromebooks are a cheaper, faster option for users like me.

by Anonymousreply 1405/23/2020

Only a dumbass would buy a chrome book....

by Anonymousreply 1505/23/2020

r10 or you could just install crouton.

I’m absolutely flummoxed that anyone would be assigned a $150 laptop for work. One look at the specs should tell anyone they’re useful for e-mail, web-browsing and word processing. maybe youtube.

by Anonymousreply 1605/23/2020

I won't go back to a PC after having a Chomebook, which I've had for over five years. I could have written what R14 wrote. I subscribed to the Office suite and can do most everything that I was able to do on a PC. Software upgrade are easy and there is no need to buy anti-virus software.

If you still have doubts, do a search for Chomebook and read for yourself.

by Anonymousreply 1705/23/2020

I would be a dumbass, R15, were I to buy a laptop based on the preconceptions of old Microsoft-based computers: hard drive capacity, antivirus and security packages that protect me from what exactly?, constant launching into update mode that starts and restarts and locks me out for the duration, plug-ins and slots and ports for accessories and game panels and red staplers I've never needed in three decades, room to add software (again, for things I don't need or want.).

I use my Google Pixelbook for web searching, reading, watching film and tv, playing music, saving assorted email and financial and other documents to G Drive, the occasional spreadsheet, accessing photos, etc.

For the things I use it for, it works brilliantly. It travels well, has great battery life, and Neve so much as a hiccup. It's specific to my requirements the way s Windows-based laptop might be to someone else. The dumbest is the person who buys one thing and expects it to do another.

by Anonymousreply 1805/23/2020

Isn't everything web based? What if you lose or don't have an internet connection, the thing turns into a paperweight? No thanks.

by Anonymousreply 1905/23/2020

I need a laptop. I heard very bad things about chromebooks, so it is not even being considered.

I want recommendations. What do people have that they would recommend? Or what is on your laptop wish list?

by Anonymousreply 2005/23/2020

You all type poor

by Anonymousreply 2105/23/2020

[quote] Isn't everything web based?

No. That's a common misconception about Chromebooks.

by Anonymousreply 2205/23/2020

R6, I hear you - I just got notified that my chromebook will stop being supported in July. I ordered it in 2016 and it still works fine. So I'm super annoyed about this. I was not aware of this policy and will not buy another Chromebook. My favorite thing about it was the short boot time - but when work from home happened my work gave me a Dell laptop that not much larger than the Chromebook and has the short boot time. So looks like i'm going that route soon.

by Anonymousreply 2305/23/2020

There is a light at the end of your dark tunnel, OP. After three years of my MacBook Pro's fuckdery, I was a raving madman. It was when my father mentioned that my attitude in general had become combative, that I sat back and realized it was the endless bullshit and , "It's not you, it's a Mac", explanations, when simple things had absolutely no logical explanation after going tits up.

Not to mention images I worked on for hours suddently aborting and disfiguring. I don't know how people can use them for creative work. I finally staggered back to Windows, something I never thought I would do.

by Anonymousreply 2405/23/2020

Love the Microsoft surface

by Anonymousreply 2505/23/2020

I have HP laptop evvy touchscreen. No complaints. It's a desktop replacement.

by Anonymousreply 2605/23/2020

R20, I love my HP Spectre. It's light as a feather and lightning fast. The Spectre is not cheap, but it's a great computer.

by Anonymousreply 2705/24/2020

I'm sticking with Apple.

by Anonymousreply 2805/24/2020

I just hope Apple produces good laptops within my price range for the rest of my life. I can’t do PC and I’m a Mac addict. In a couple of decades I’ll be too old to switch to a new brand or os.

by Anonymousreply 2905/24/2020

MS Surface 3 Laptop. Top of the line, but not needlessly overpriced.

by Anonymousreply 3005/24/2020

Comparing a Chromebook to a traditional PC laptop is like apples to oranges.

They serve different purposes.

IMO, Chromebooks (and Chromeboxes for that matter) are what the future looks like. I wouldn't be surprised if Microsoft and Apple, and maybe some new companies, start coming out with products to compete for the same market (mindset, paradigm, whatever) that Google's Chromebook/Chromebox has an early foothold with.

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by Anonymousreply 3105/24/2020

I've had mine for 3 years - never had a problem.

by Anonymousreply 3205/24/2020

R32, and next year they will stop supporting it.

by Anonymousreply 3305/24/2020

I worked as a volunteer tax preparer the past two years. In the past, we always had Windows-based laptops to work on but this year they decided to switch over to Chromebooks because they're much easier to maintain in terms of updates, virus protection, etc. (They're also cheaper, of course.)

by Anonymousreply 3405/24/2020

That may have changed, r33.

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by Anonymousreply 3505/25/2020

What's with Google and all those rainbow colors?

Just what kinda ATMOSPHERE are they tryin' a create?

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by Anonymousreply 3605/25/2020

Thanks R345, lets hope it's true. Unfortunately for me, (and R32) it's too late for us. I am done with Chromebooks. There are also programs and apps that it can't install. if I can get a small touch screen table with instant on elsewhere (and I can) I will do that instead.

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