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obie311

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Posted: 10/03/21 08:22am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

spoon059 wrote:

I just got a Chromebook a couple weeks ago and LOVE it. It doesn't have all the operating system of a traditional laptop, so its very fast and responsive. I got an 11" laptop for the kids to use, then a 15.6" laptop for me for doing online college classes. It has a small hard drive, so you'll need a way to store most saved files on the cloud (or use a MicroSD card to increase storage).

Its very quick, easy to use and inexpensive. The 11" was about $150, the 15.6 was $220 on sale at Target. Both Acer brands. They charge with a USB-C cord, same as my Android phones, so I don't need to worry about bringing another charging cord camping either.


This sounds much like what I'm looking for. Silly question but do both models have 802 wifi? And if you can give me the actual model #'s or links I would appreciate it. How are the battery lives?

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Have traveled full time since 11 with a full size iMac and love it!!!


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Once you get into laptops you also become vulnerable to viruses.

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bgum wrote:

Once you get into laptops you also become vulnerable to viruses.

Not any more than a desktop if you take the same precautions. Also not with Chromebooks.


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bgum wrote:

Once you get into laptops you also become vulnerable to viruses.


Not any more true than a desktop, they use processors from the same famly after all. Just use an antivirus and practice safe computing. Do not open unexpected emails, don't click on unknown links,stay off dangerous sites. Neither your bank nor Microsoft will not send you emails asking for private data. And if it seems to be too good to be true, it almost always is.


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dieseltruckdriver wrote:

bgum wrote:

Once you get into laptops you also become vulnerable to viruses.

Not any more than a desktop if you take the same precautions. Also not with Chromebooks.


Never added an anti virus to a Mac product and never had a virus.

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obie311 wrote:

... I'm looking for a simple 13"-15" laptop to use with a phone hotspot to pay bills and check emails and some simple browsing like trip planning, RV forums and craigslist.

A couple of items

Make sure it has Full HD resolution (1920x1080) and IPS
16GB of memory
SSD is worth the money

Your big problem will be bloatware. The last 4 or 5 laptops I have set up for myself and friends, the first thing I did was record the MicroSoft License Key, scrape the disk (including factory recovery partitions) and install the MicroSoft Retail version of Windows 10.

Huge performance difference.

(Not for everyone, but I did my own 8GB - 16GB and SSD upgrades. I saved a lot of money and used the old hard drive as an external HD for backup !)

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FWIW I just bought a 17.3" screen HP laptop. It came with a 512 gig SSD, 12 gig of RAM for less than $530. I want the larger screen, I hate to have to squint to see details on a 10-12" screen. I do a lot of mapping and the large screen makes life a lot easier. It boots up and shuts down in seconds. 1920x1080 resolution. Minimum bloatware. Love it.


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I use IMac

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I also needed a laptop to check mail, pay bills, and plan routes. I first heard about it on one site (about Chromebook). I decided to buy and didn't regret it. I also ordered a case for it but got the address wrong. Fortunately, I found their number on https://caseable.pissedconsumer.com/customer-service.html and I quickly solved this problem. I'm happy because my expectations about the laptop came true and it's cool. So you can try it, says an experienced person

* This post was edited 10/23/21 03:56am by loralli23 *

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