Acer C7 Chromebook 320GB HDD 2GB Ram (refurb) £135.00 plus free delivery @ Tesco outlet via ebay - HotUKDeals
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I realise this has been posted before, but that went out of stock and expired. It is now back in stock. However it is £6 more expensive, but I don't think that matters as this is still ridiculously cheap! Actually, insanely cheap for a laptop! Chrome is really coming on too!
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pet2000
alg
pet2000
Actually, insanely cheap for a laptop!
A chromebook is not a laptop ;)

I see the smiley, and wonder what is different from a laptop and this?
The biggest difference between chrome/notebook is that you can do proper work with laptop because it has a hard disk + DVD/BR/RW drive and can be used without having to log onto a cloud. I say a chromebook has more in common with a tablet.

So, this Chromebook has a 320GB hard drive in it - and most "laptops" nowadays have no optical drive. Iirc Apple don't supply any laptops with one now. Some desktops don't have an optical drive now either. A lot of the apps supplied from the chrome appstore work offline too. At which point I can't really see the difference between a chromebook and a laptop.

This one muddies the water a bit, as with the bigger hard drive, it makes it a bit easier to install a full linux distro on it, but an OS doesn't make it a laptop or not either.

And no, I don't have a Chromebook - though it's getting tempting.
[HUKD Deal Editor] 7 Likes
pet2000
Actually, insanely cheap for a laptop!
A chromebook is not a laptop ;)

If I take it off my table and place it on my legs does it then become a laptop? (_;)
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trixabel
Slightly deluded comment. Linux is a toy that a select few use. For children to learn, windows and Microsoft much more beneficial and mainstream.

That's a very deluded comment. :)

Linux is everywhere, in various guises. The majority of the major web services use Linux in some form, be it for web server hosting, databases, whatever. There's a reasonable chance your TV is linux based, as are most Sky boxes/Tivo boxes. Android phones and tablets are linux based.
To say that children will get more benefit from learning Microsoft products is a very blinkered approach, especially as Microsoft Windows is losing traction, and Apple Macs are remaining popular (they're not linux based, but iirc BSD based - which is Unix/linux style computing).



Edited By: alg on Jul 10, 2014 09:38

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[HUKD Deal Editor]#1
Need to add refurb to title.

Heat added.
#2
Does anyone have any ideas if this will be ok outputing iplayer and other streams through the hdmi port??
3 Likes #3
Actually, insanely cheap for a laptop!
A chromebook is not a laptop ;)
[HUKD Deal Editor] 7 Likes #4
pet2000
Actually, insanely cheap for a laptop!
A chromebook is not a laptop ;)

If I take it off my table and place it on my legs does it then become a laptop? (_;)
#5
pet2000
Actually, insanely cheap for a laptop!
A chromebook is not a laptop ;)

I see the smiley, and wonder what is different from a laptop and this?
3 Likes #6
alg
pet2000
Actually, insanely cheap for a laptop!
A chromebook is not a laptop ;)

I see the smiley, and wonder what is different from a laptop and this?
The biggest difference between chrome/notebook is that you can do proper work with laptop because it has a hard disk + DVD/BR/RW drive and can be used without having to log onto a cloud. I say a chromebook has more in common with a tablet.

Edited By: pet2000 on Jun 25, 2014 14:53: add
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pet2000
alg
pet2000
Actually, insanely cheap for a laptop!
A chromebook is not a laptop ;)

I see the smiley, and wonder what is different from a laptop and this?
The biggest difference between chrome/notebook is that you can do proper work with laptop because it has a hard disk + DVD/BR/RW drive and can be used without having to log onto a cloud. I say a chromebook has more in common with a tablet.

So, this Chromebook has a 320GB hard drive in it - and most "laptops" nowadays have no optical drive. Iirc Apple don't supply any laptops with one now. Some desktops don't have an optical drive now either. A lot of the apps supplied from the chrome appstore work offline too. At which point I can't really see the difference between a chromebook and a laptop.

This one muddies the water a bit, as with the bigger hard drive, it makes it a bit easier to install a full linux distro on it, but an OS doesn't make it a laptop or not either.

And no, I don't have a Chromebook - though it's getting tempting.
banned#8
You won't be docking any satellites on the dark side of the moon with this one!
1 Like #9
pet2000
alg
pet2000
Actually, insanely cheap for a laptop!
A chromebook is not a laptop ;)

I see the smiley, and wonder what is different from a laptop and this?
The biggest difference between chrome/notebook is that you can do proper work with laptop because it has a hard disk + DVD/BR/RW drive and can be used without having to log onto a cloud. I say a chromebook has more in common with a tablet.

But with Cloud storage and web based email what else do most people need? (Especially as have an external USB Bluray/DVD writer)
#10
Argos/eBay still have the C720 avalable at £133.94 delivered Link. No spinner, but that brings benefits, a better Chromebook.
#11
Torkijo
pet2000
alg
pet2000
Actually, insanely cheap for a laptop!
A chromebook is not a laptop ;)

I see the smiley, and wonder what is different from a laptop and this?
The biggest difference between chrome/notebook is that you can do proper work with laptop because it has a hard disk + DVD/BR/RW drive and can be used without having to log onto a cloud. I say a chromebook has more in common with a tablet.

But with Cloud storage and web based email what else do most people need? (Especially as have an external USB Bluray/DVD writer)
Windows, maybe?
1 Like #12
bytemaster
Argos/eBay still have the C720 avalable at £133.94 delivered Link. No spinner, but that brings benefits, a better Chromebook.

Thanks got the Argos model the SSD one note that model is Haswell http://www.acer.co.uk/ac/en/GB/content/series/c720

The 720 model does not have a touch screen but the 720p does.

Heat http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/1453773.htm

Edited By: frownbreaker on Jun 26, 2014 18:14: link to video
1 Like #13
Anyone installed a custom ROM and installed Windows native on this C7 model?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5crPfEAhvs

http://johnlewis.ie/custom-chromebook-firmware/rom-download/

Was thinking of flashing the BIOS and popping Win8 and an SSD into this for a cheap W8 Laptop

Edited By: frownbreaker on Jun 26, 2014 18:16: Links to ROM
banned 2 Likes #14
frownbreaker
Anyone installed a custom ROM and installed Windows native on this unit?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5crPfEAhvs

what a horrible thing to do to a chromebook.
2 Likes #15
ewwaxo
frownbreaker
Anyone installed a custom ROM and installed Windows native on this unit?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5crPfEAhvs

what a horrible thing to do to a chromebook.

I agreed. FYI the controller for the trackpad and keyboard i2c PIC are Google specific so even flashing the ROM etc means an external keyboard and mouse so not really a laptop if this is done. Linux is fine but needs some tweaks.

I'm with you the stock Chromebooks are really good and now there is off line editing etc its a really good option.
#16
pet2000
Torkijo
pet2000
alg
pet2000
Actually, insanely cheap for a laptop!
A chromebook is not a laptop ;)

I see the smiley, and wonder what is different from a laptop and this?
The biggest difference between chrome/notebook is that you can do proper work with laptop because it has a hard disk + DVD/BR/RW drive and can be used without having to log onto a cloud. I say a chromebook has more in common with a tablet.

But with Cloud storage and web based email what else do most people need? (Especially as have an external USB Bluray/DVD writer)
Windows, maybe?

Not really, thinking of using it as a second computer in the house for the kids to use, Google Docs can handle all their educational needs re Excel & Word, house in gmail as an email client and all revision software they use is web based. So this would end up as a fast, cheap 2nd laptop for us to use and with this size drive you can download media to it as well :-)
#17
Torkijo
pet2000
Torkijo
pet2000
alg
pet2000
Actually, insanely cheap for a laptop!
A chromebook is not a laptop ;)

I see the smiley, and wonder what is different from a laptop and this?
The biggest difference between chrome/notebook is that you can do proper work with laptop because it has a hard disk + DVD/BR/RW drive and can be used without having to log onto a cloud. I say a chromebook has more in common with a tablet.

But with Cloud storage and web based email what else do most people need? (Especially as have an external USB Bluray/DVD writer)
Windows, maybe?

Not really, thinking of using it as a second computer in the house for the kids to use, Google Docs can handle all their educational needs re Excel & Word, house in gmail as an email client and all revision software they use is web based. So this would end up as a fast, cheap 2nd laptop for us to use and with this size drive you can download media to it as well :-)
Mmmm....., there seems to be market for those limited chromebooks which I didn't know about. I would like my kids to get use to standard software such as Microsoft, Adobe, etc. Would be more useful for them later in life.
banned 1 Like #18
pet2000
Torkijo
pet2000
Torkijo
pet2000
alg
pet2000
Actually, insanely cheap for a laptop!
A chromebook is not a laptop ;)

I see the smiley, and wonder what is different from a laptop and this?
The biggest difference between chrome/notebook is that you can do proper work with laptop because it has a hard disk + DVD/BR/RW drive and can be used without having to log onto a cloud. I say a chromebook has more in common with a tablet.

But with Cloud storage and web based email what else do most people need? (Especially as have an external USB Bluray/DVD writer)
Windows, maybe?

Not really, thinking of using it as a second computer in the house for the kids to use, Google Docs can handle all their educational needs re Excel & Word, house in gmail as an email client and all revision software they use is web based. So this would end up as a fast, cheap 2nd laptop for us to use and with this size drive you can download media to it as well :-)
Mmmm....., there seems to be market for those limited chromebooks which I didn't know about. I would like my kids to get use to standard software such as Microsoft, Adobe, etc. Would be more useful for them later in life.

Stick linux on the chromebooks and use the equivalents. Having a knowledge of Linux will be far more useful for them in later years.
banned 3 Likes #19
frownbreaker
ewwaxo
frownbreaker
Anyone installed a custom ROM and installed Windows native on this unit?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5crPfEAhvs

what a horrible thing to do to a chromebook.

I agreed. FYI the controller for the trackpad and keyboard i2c PIC are Google specific so even flashing the ROM etc means an external keyboard and mouse so not really a laptop if this is done. Linux is fine but needs some tweaks.

I'm with you the stock Chromebooks are really good and now there is off line editing etc its a really good option.

For just browsing - it's unbeatable.
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[/quote] I would like my kids to get use to standard software such as Microsoft, Adobe, etc. Would be more useful for them later in life.[/quote]
I see the point of that, but then dont discount emerging office suites etc, i work for a large (18,000 staff) employer in UK and we have just moved to gmail, gdrive and google documents for 95% of day to day work, Google Slides and Prezzie all replacing Powerpoint and besides, you can now access online versions of MS Office as well so can access them from Chromebooks
#21
Been tempted to buy one of these Chromebooks with a real Hard Drive for some time because of their potential software flexibility. However I didn't realise that the keyboard and mouse are Operating System software specific which is a shame. Android and other Linux software seem to be taking the Techno World by storm and it looks ever more likely that Microsoft and Apple are going the way of the dodo and the passenger pigeon. This Windows XP end of support nonsense could destroy Microsoft the public will never forgive them for it. Apple seem determined to walk themselves off a plank.
banned#22
TheEnglishEmbassy
Been tempted to buy one of these Chromebooks with a real Hard Drive for some time because of their potential software flexibility. However I didn't realise that the keyboard and mouse are Operating System software specific which is a shame. Android and other Linux software seem to be taking the Techno World by storm and it looks ever more likely that Microsoft and Apple are going the way of the dodo and the passenger pigeon. This Windows XP end of support nonsense could destroy Microsoft the public will never forgive them for it. Apple seem determined to walk themselves off a plank.

Linux via crouton works fine. SSD is very quick. Keyboard/Mouse are not problems, especially if you get a Chromebook based on a budget Windows laptop chassis.
#23
TheEnglishEmbassy
This Windows XP end of support nonsense could destroy Microsoft the public will never forgive them for it. Apple seem determined to walk themselves off a plank.

XP end of support was announced a few years ago - if you didn't update it then that's your problem. Not sure how Apple are walking off a plank.
#24
pet2000
alg
pet2000
Actually, insanely cheap for a laptop!
A chromebook is not a laptop ;)

I see the smiley, and wonder what is different from a laptop and this?
The biggest difference between chrome/notebook is that you can do proper work with laptop because it has a hard disk + DVD/BR/RW drive and can be used without having to log onto a cloud. I say a chromebook has more in common with a tablet.

You CAN use a Chromebook without Internet access. You can use some apps offline. So that's not an issue.
#25
Nah, these cant play Steam games. No where near as good as Windows 8. These are just like android tablets with keyboard.
banned#26
MumSaidNo
Nah, these cant play Steam games. No where near as good as Windows 8. These are just like android tablets with keyboard.

All of what you have said is untrue.

Steam can be played via Crouton/Linux
The browsing experience is faster than on Windows 8. A lot faster.
It's nothing like Android. Remember it's just a browser. But you can still do things like stream movies/music.
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pet2000
alg
pet2000
Actually, insanely cheap for a laptop!
A chromebook is not a laptop ;)

I see the smiley, and wonder what is different from a laptop and this?
The biggest difference between chrome/notebook is that you can do proper work with laptop because it has a hard disk + DVD/BR/RW drive and can be used without having to log onto a cloud. I say a chromebook has more in common with a tablet.
Proper work? Interesting. I've worked on the IT industry for many years and from beginning to present day thin clients, less powerful than this have been used for 'proper' work day in day out.
I agree, Chromebooks have limited appeal in the current market. But having your offspring more focused on Microsoft and Adobe, both looking more and more dated and behind the times each day is shortsighted at best. Also worth nothing that Microsoft's cash cow and most popular product is available on tablets......for proper work ;) Now, coal mining.... that's proper work.

Still. If you want an always on, battery friendly, lightweight web surfer/email reader and more. Then this is a cracking deal.
banned#28
paradigm
pet2000
alg
pet2000
Actually, insanely cheap for a laptop!
A chromebook is not a laptop ;)

I see the smiley, and wonder what is different from a laptop and this?
The biggest difference between chrome/notebook is that you can do proper work with laptop because it has a hard disk + DVD/BR/RW drive and can be used without having to log onto a cloud. I say a chromebook has more in common with a tablet.
Proper work? Interesting. I've worked on the IT industry for many years and from beginning to present day thin clients, less powerful than this have been used for 'proper' work day in day out.
I agree, Chromebooks have limited appeal in the current market. But having your offspring more focused on Microsoft and Adobe, both looking more and more dated and behind the times each day is shortsighted at best. Also worth nothing that Microsoft's cash cow and most popular product is available on tablets......for proper work ;) Now, coal mining.... that's proper work.

Still. If you want an always on, battery friendly, lightweight web surfer/email reader and more. Then this is a cracking deal.

I actually use mine for proper work via Crouton.
#29
TheEnglishEmbassy
Been tempted to buy one of these Chromebooks with a real Hard Drive for some time because of their potential software flexibility. However I didn't realise that the keyboard and mouse are Operating System software specific which is a shame. Android and other Linux software seem to be taking the Techno World by storm and it looks ever more likely that Microsoft and Apple are going the way of the dodo and the passenger pigeon. This Windows XP end of support nonsense could destroy Microsoft the public will never forgive them for it. Apple seem determined to walk themselves off a plank.

Rather than nonsense it makes perfect sense. XP was released on August 24th 2001, nearly 13 years ago. It's absolutely time for support to stop on it. It's a stone age OS, it was good in its day had its day now. If you are on XP you can do a registry hack to make it think it's an embedded version of XP and it will keep on updating until 2019. Personally if you need XP online then I'd ditch it and use a modern OS.
1 Like #30
Would I still be able to access my work through Citrix on a browser with one of these?
#31
Can someone explain if you can use Word/Excel or a google equivalent on these? It is the only reason for me not buying one
#32
Hpi_matrix
Can someone explain if you can use Word/Excel or a google equivalent on these? It is the only reason for me not buying one

You can use Google Docs or Office Online on these yes.
banned 1 Like #33
lloyddowell
Would I still be able to access my work through Citrix on a browser with one of these?

I think Chrome has an extension for this? I know it has a VNC one.
#34
ewwaxo
Steam can be played via Crouton/Linux

What is the performance for these games? Let's say SF4?

(I have a C720 waiting for me at home)
banned#35
spammy
ewwaxo
Steam can be played via Crouton/Linux

What is the performance for these games? Let's say SF4?

(I have a C720 waiting for me at home)

no idea but here's a guide.

How To Game With Steam On A Google Chromebook
1 Like #36
Funny how 11" cheapo chromebook's screen has the same resolution as many premium £500+ 15.6" laptops with flashy "HD SCREEN" advertising.

No, wait, the word here isn't "funny", it's "pathetic".
banned#37
BenderRodriguez
Funny how 11" cheapo chromebook's screen has the same resolution as many premium £500+ 15.6" laptops with flashy "HD SCREEN" advertising.

No, wait, the word here isn't "funny", it's "pathetic".

huh?
#38
Does anyone know if I could play football manager on this?
1 Like #39
I'm trialing one of these with the 16gb ssd in. It's fast and does everything it should, but the build quality is awful. The whole thing flexes and creeks at the slightest nudge. The keyboard feels like it's going to come apart any minute and there's no CAPS LOCK key! How on earth am I supposed to write an angry email? Chrome os is lovely, but better hardware is needed.
#40
jubbi
I'm trialing one of these with the 16gb ssd in. It's fast and does everything it should, but the build quality is awful. The whole thing flexes and creeks at the slightest nudge. The keyboard feels like it's going to come apart any minute and there's no CAPS LOCK key! How on earth am I supposed to write an angry email? Chrome os is lovely, but better hardware is needed.

I was looking at one of these in John Lewis and I'm sure the asistant told me that the 'search' key could be reassigned to caps lock.

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