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mr. ed

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Posted: 03/31/21 10:49am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'm a long time Microsoft OS user, and have been curious about Chromebooks since they're priced a lot lower than other laptops. In my research I discovered many positive, as well as negative remarks concerning them. My main concern is being locked into Google things, like Chrome browser.

If any of you are currently using a Chromebook, I'd like to hear your positive/negative experiences. Thank you.


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They're nice, boot up quick. No problem using Chrome.

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They do NOT have a hard drive. All data in on the cloud.. . [emoticon] . . [emoticon]


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TenOC wrote:

They do NOT have a hard drive.
Mine has a usb port for a thumb drive. But yeah, sans internet connection they're pretty much a brick. But I knew that. Cloud data doesn't bother me.

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2oldman wrote:

TenOC wrote:

They do NOT have a hard drive.
Mine has a usb port for a thumb drive. But yeah, sans internet connection they're pretty much a brick. But I knew that. Cloud data doesn't bother me.


the USB port should also be able to power a portable hard drive. 500gb up to 2tb drives are very affordable. I use the cloud for one layer of my backup routines but really prefer to have my data local. we use traditional desktops at home and a laptop on the road.


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External drive with Chromebook

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I love my Chromebook, especially when traveling. It weighs a lot less than a typical Windows PC. My Chromebook connects to marginal campground WiFi much better than my Windows PC. I don’t mind storing files on the cloud, but I have also used thumb drives, SD cards, and external hard drives with it for additional local storage. I have used Acer, Samsung, and Lenovo Chromebooks in the past and all have been excellent. As 2oldman mentioned, they boot up quickly; and I have never heard of anyone getting a virus with a Chromebook. Go for it!

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We have two cromebooks. They are great for what they are. Would not really call it a laptop in the traditional sense.


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There are alternative browsers you can run on Chromebooks. But I actually PREFER Chrome. The major negatives are not a lot of storage (Though you can plug in gigs of MicroSD card) and limited aps. though I find most of what I need they run. ONE program I have needs doze. but I can do everything else on Chromebook.

One big advantage.. i've had Chromebooks attacked by mal-ware.. Remove SD card. and very quickly get to Settings, Advanced, power wash, and your Chrome book is now brand new again, Same as when you first unwrapped it. Malware GONE. (unless it infected the card)


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Thanks for the mostly positive replies. During my research, I had read that Chromebooks lock you in to having to use the Chrome browser. I know it's a good browser, but there are so many reports about privacy issues. Right now, I'm happily using Chromium Edge and Firefox browsers. I'm not crazy about the idea of an operating system forcing me to use only their proprietary programs.

Anyway, one of you said that you CAN use other browsers. If that's the case, it would go a long way towards me eventually buying a Chromebook.

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