Acer 11.6" Dual-Core Chromebook

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Acer 11.6" Dual-Core Chromebook
Price: $179.99
Shipping Options: $5 Standard OR $9 Two-Day OR $12 One-Day
Shipping Estimates: Ships in 1-2 business days (Monday, Jan 13 to Tuesday, Jan 14) + transit
Condition: Factory Reconditioned


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cnet answers the question “Living with Chromebook: Can you use it to actually get work done?”

Google chrome notebooks are junk sorry woot but this product sucks n that’s why u can offer them so cheap this time. Googles pre loaded software is garbage n sends your info to google w you browse or whatever u do. Pass pass pass

Chrome, Chrome on the range…

Oh give me a chrome, where the buffalo roam.

coming Chrome, coming Chrome, never more to roam.

Chrome, where my love lies waiting silently for me.

I’ll be Chrome for Christmas…

Only $20 more to get a new one direct from Acer!

[MOD: Less memory]

Was just looking at buying the Samsung Chromebook over this one, but this sale may cause me to reconsider. Will have to do a bit more research tomorrow.

For those interested in the Ubuntu conversion, here’s a fine guide:

FWIW, what I believe is quite likely the exact same machine has previously been on sale at another web outlet for $130.

Chromebooks do very, very little, and don’t do much of it well. You can do light Web surfing, read Gmail only (no POP3 or IMAP accounts invited unless you invite them into Gmail), play some uninteresting HTML5 games (slow, limited, repetitive), and do light productivity work in the Google Drive apps. What Google calls “Chrome OS” is a gimped version of Linux. You can’t edit photos (the Chrome Store has apps but they’re very limited and slow and unreliable and have fun learning how slow 802.11n can be), you can’t edit audio. You can watch Netflix, but why would you on this when tablets are more robust and lighter? I bought a refurb some time ago out of curiosity and haven’t turned it on in months. I thought I’d at least use it to update my blog but it just isn’t worth it. The best case I can think of is junior high and high school students who can live with underpowered word processing and spreadsheets.

That’s the price I paid for the one I’m using right now. These are prefect for what most people use a laptop for. I’ve got the 320GB model and like it.

Oh, and I even tried the Ubuntu conversion in that Lifehacker article. Couldn’t save this; it was still a slow, underpowered machine. It doesn’t really give you more ways to use this hardware.

Drop the price another 30 bucks because a lowly 30$ discount is stupid for a refurb

And then youve got yourself a deal

Not sure I’d go quite that far. Basically, “Chromebook is the new netbook.”

If you spend most of your time in a web browser anyway and like having your data in the cloud then you can save some money and some hassle (for example you never need to deal with all the maintenance and antivirus and registry hacks and endless .NET framework updates, etc, that go along with a Windows OS or the complexity of learning the Linux command line and worrying about whether one of your system components will suddenly not be supported after the next kernel update or if they’ll decide to force a new UI on you to try to be like Windows 8).

These sorts of devices could also be useful to give to elementary school students or the elderly or less-technical users since they are easy to use and much more difficult to accidentally (or even purposely) mess up than a Windows or Linux netbook and far cheaper than anything with a fruit logo on it.

All that having been said, I wouldn’t have much use for one personally. Anything I can’t do on a smartphone or tablet is usually a job for a “real” computer.

I can see how a Chromebook might be attractive to someone who likes to keep things simple, mostly uses the web, and wants a dedicated keyboard or who tends to lose and break things and doesn’t want to lose their data or be out too much money when they do.

Don’t get scroogled*.

  • This commercial isn’t a total lie per se. More of a gross misrepresentation** of the facts… It’s entertaining though, and we really don’t focus enough on the positive now days.

** Okay, it’s a lie.

(That commercial’s a little different than the one I thought it was, but it still works for our porpoise’s)

I’ve been researching chromebooks a lot lately, and ended up buying an HP chromebook 14 from costco for 379 (4gb ram, 1.4 Ghz dual-core, 32 GB ssd, 14" screen, 2 years of 4g). Personally, my college days are over and my work stays at work, so web browsing is all I need.

This isn’t an impressive price, as the HDD version is available at Newegg for the same price (free shipping with shoprunner)

This chromebook will be ok for you if:

  • You only use your computer to browse the web
  • You only use your computer on wifi
  • You don’t expect to use it with Chromecast (doesn’t meet the minimum requirements to cast a tab)
  • You already have a google account and are ok with keeping it for the forseeable future
  • You don’t have any USB 3.0 peripherals

Frankly, if I was to hook this up to my stepmom’s preexisting monitor (VGA connection isn’t always a bad thing), it would do everything she needed for the next 3+ years. It’s a valid internetting machine, but I’d like to see it $10-20 cheaper.

Well if we’re posting videos, can’t forget:

By the way, I’d recommend the SSD version; you can always add storage via USB, but you can’t increase the speed once you’ve paid your money and made your choice

These were 129 before Xmas mine came with a cracked LCD and I returned it haven’t seen credit yet
I bought another one to replace for 149
And for 179 you can get a new one for 199
Plus refurb doesn’t include the 100 gig cloud storage a must for a 16 gig drive

I think the Chromebook is a excellent option for people that are web-centric. If all you do is browse the Internet, watch Netflix, listen to Pandora and stuff like that then the Chrome OS is well suited for your needs.

Most of the people I know don’t even use 10% of their computer’s potential so why spend $600+ on a laptop just to run a web browser inside Windows with all the ancillary needs (antivirus, antimalware, etc.)?