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Acer C7 Chromebook 320GB HDD 2GB Ram (refurb) £135.00 plus free delivery @ Tesco outlet via ebay
Acer C7 Chromebook 320GB HDD 2GB Ram (refurb) £135.00 plus free delivery @ Tesco outlet via ebay

Acer C7 Chromebook 320GB HDD 2GB Ram (refurb) £135.00 plus free delivery @ Tesco outlet via ebay

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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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Need to add refurb to title.

Heat added.

Does anyone have any ideas if this will be ok outputing iplayer and other streams through the hdmi port??

Actually, insanely cheap for a laptop!


A chromebook is not a laptop

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pet2000

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? (_;)

pet2000

A chromebook is not a laptop



I see the smiley, and wonder what is different from a laptop and this?

alg

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" 25th Jun 2014

pet2000

The biggest difference between chrome/notebook is that you can do proper … 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.

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You won't be docking any satellites on the dark side of the moon with this one!

pet2000

The biggest difference between chrome/notebook is that you can do proper … 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)

Argos/eBay still have the C720 avalable at £133.94 delivered Link. No spinner, but that brings benefits, a better Chromebook.

Torkijo

But with Cloud storage and web based email what else do most people need? … 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?

bytemaster

Argos/eBay still have the C720 avalable at £133.94 delivered Link. No … 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 acer.co.uk/ac/…720

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

Heat argos.co.uk/sta…htm
Edited by: "frownbreaker" 26th Jun 2014

Anyone installed a custom ROM and installed Windows native on this C7 model?

youtube.com/wat…hvs

johnlewis.ie/cus…ad/

Was thinking of flashing the BIOS and popping Win8 and an SSD into this for a cheap W8 Laptop
Edited by: "frownbreaker" 26th Jun 2014

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frownbreaker

Anyone installed a custom ROM and installed Windows native on this … 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.

ewwaxo

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.

pet2000

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 :-)

Torkijo

Not really, thinking of using it as a second computer in the house for … 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.

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pet2000

Mmmm....., there seems to be market for those limited chromebooks which I … 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.

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frownbreaker

I agreed. FYI the controller for the trackpad and keyboard i2c PIC are … 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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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

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.

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TheEnglishEmbassy

Been tempted to buy one of these Chromebooks with a real Hard Drive for … 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.

TheEnglishEmbassy

This Windows XP end of support nonsense could destroy Microsoft the … 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.

pet2000

The biggest difference between chrome/notebook is that you can do proper … 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.

Nah, these cant play Steam games. No where near as good as Windows 8. These are just like android tablets with keyboard.

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MumSaidNo

Nah, these cant play Steam games. No where near as good as Windows 8. … 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.

pet2000

The biggest difference between chrome/notebook is that you can do proper … 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.

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paradigm

Proper work? Interesting. I've worked on the IT industry for many years … 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.

TheEnglishEmbassy

Been tempted to buy one of these Chromebooks with a real Hard Drive for … 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.

Would I still be able to access my work through Citrix on a browser with one of these?

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

Hpi_matrix

Can someone explain if you can use Word/Excel or a google equivalent on … 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.

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lloyddowell

Would I still be able to access my work through Citrix on a browser with … 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.

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)

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spammy

What is the performance for these games? Let's say SF4?(I have a C720 … 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

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".

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BenderRodriguez

Funny how 11" cheapo chromebook's screen has the same resolution as many … 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?

Does anyone know if I could play football manager on this?

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.

jubbi

I'm trialing one of these with the 16gb ssd in. It's fast and does … 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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