My Chromebook experience

After getting a sudden craving for a small and light laptop I decided to go for a Chromebook and ordered an Asus Chromebook 14″ C423NA. The list price is around €450, but it is often on sale at €350, which is a pretty good deal.

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It has a very nice aluminum build and looks very decent. Weighing 1,3kg it feels very light. My biggest worry was that the screen and the keyboard would be so bad I had to return it. That was not the case, the screen is bright and non-glare. The keyboard, even if it’s of the new flat type, is fine too. This model has a 1080p screen which seems about right on a 14″ laptop. Asus even included a small mouse, although the touch pad works well and is very responsive.

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So far I have only used it for browser based work and play like Google Docs, email, YouTube, reading and writing, and for that it seems perfect. It feels snappy with its Pentium N4200 processor and 4GB of ram. It’s possible to install Android apps and Linux programs on these modern Chromebooks, but that’s something I will explore later.

 

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  1. “It’s possible to install Android apps and Linux programs on these modern Chromebooks, but that’s something I will explore later.”

    Okayyyy, that’s nothing for later! You should do it NAO!!! Right nownow! I mean how dare you, now in times of even the most stupid users clueing up about the Do-Evil-Things Google, you go directly the other way. 😦

    That installing Linux has become easier is a good thing tho. Build quality of Chromebooks have always been of a kinda higher standard than other lappies in the same price range, so let’s use them as good and cheap Linux test labs. 🙂 Although for total ownership and freedom I’d rather go with a used second hand ThinkPad.

    Ooooooh btw, what became of your fancy Asus gaming lappie? Don’t say you’re only using it as dust collecting doorstop. 😦

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    • “ChromeOS is linux.”

      No, is not! Is closed source, can’t be Linux. Must not be Linux. And apt, really? I want my pacman!!!

      /me hissyfits, throws herself on the floor and stramples with her size 0 mesh feet. Kinda cute … but mostly really distressing. 😮

      So, what about your Asus lappy? I bet that thing will still compute your Chrome cheapie against the wall.

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      • The gaming laptop is too big and heavy. Its battery time is abysmal. It’s not fit to be a portable laptop and will continue to collect dust.

        I did discover a new and easy way to install linux apps which works great on the chromebook: https://flathub.org/home

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        • “It’s not fit to be a portable laptop”
          LOL, I guess no gaming lappy was ever made to be used while on the road. Their only usage scenario would be as light baggage on your way to the next lan party or your weekend home or caravan or RV or whatev.

          “install linux apps”
          Hmm, mighty small repo, isn’t it? And Google will know everything you’re doing on there and what you download. Tak but no tak. 😉

          But what do I know, I’m most likely an idiot. =^.^=

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            • Me, as a bonafide idiot, have never understood the necessity of something like flatpak. :/ All Linux distros I’ve ever tested, all had more or less huge repos. Even Solus had a usable repo, just without all the dead files. 😉 And since everything I possibly wanna install, apart from what comes preinstalled with the system, is easily and without deviation, quickly installed from the respective repos, I really don’t see the advantage of something like Flatpak. :/

              And anyway, you seen who’s in Flatpak dev team? Good old Lenny Poettering, Mr. Gnome3, the man without ideology or conscience. I guess he’s a RHEL employee, which speaks volumes about his mindset.

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    • Ya, the C720 is a legend for being able to install Linux on it, Robert. But movie consumption on a 11″ screen with those tinny S120 speakers? Really. I dunno why I would use such a compromised mobile solution at home. And at home is the only place where I watch movies. 24″ screen, Yamaha Hifi, now we’re talking.
      And anyway, we’re never gonna buy any Acer crappola again, it’s not worth it.

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