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Acer C720 Celeron 11.6 Inch 2GB 16GB Chromebook NEW £179.99 @ Argos
Acer C720 Celeron 11.6 Inch 2GB 16GB Chromebook NEW £179.99 @ Argos

Acer C720 Celeron 11.6 Inch 2GB 16GB Chromebook NEW £179.99 @ Argos

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Save 10% - ACER CHROMEBOOK - have a chromebook myself and prefer it to my windows based laptop - quick to start up etc

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Complete technophobe here... What's the difference between chrome book and laptop.
I'm after something very cheap that kids can do homework on and hubby can play football manager. Would this be any good please x

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cherylb

Complete technophobe here... What's the difference between chrome book … Complete technophobe here... What's the difference between chrome book and laptop.I'm after something very cheap that kids can do homework on and hubby can play football manager. Would this be any good please x



Good for web browsing, does not use Microsoft Word/Excel, but does not have a hard drive. Some more info taken from this LINKY

Key Advantages of a Chromebook

So, are Chromebooks good enough for what you do online? Here are some of the features that draw people to Chromebook computers.

Price: The majority of Chromebooks cost significantly less than a typical Windows or Mac laptop. Chromebooks generally retail for around $200-$300, and that makes them an attractive proposition. However, there are a growing number of Windows laptops entering this price range too.

Speed: Chromebooks power on and are ready to use in around 8 seconds. This is because of their SSD hard drives and the lightweight Chrome OS.
Battery: Expect to get six hours or more from the battery on an average Chromebook. This is about twice what you might get on a standard Windows laptop.
Security: The Chrome OS has built-in virus and malware protection so you never need to worry about malicious files when using a Chromebook.
Parental Controls: Chromebook users can create supervised accounts to track or limit online activity for kids online. This makes it a great family friendly laptop. More info here.

Sync: Chromebooks sync all your apps and passwords with Chrome browsers on other computers. So, if you use Chrome at work, you can sync all data to your Chromebook at home automatically.

Cloud Storage: You get 100GB of Google Drive storage free for two years with all new Chromebooks. This is a huge amount of space and something that would cost a significant amount of money for a comparable service with Dropbox, OneDrive or Box.

Updates: Chromebook update themselves silently, automatically, and in the background. So, your device is always up to date and works just the way you need it to.

Weight: This varies depending on the Chromebook you buy, but most are lightweight devices that are portable and easy to carry with you when you need them.


Disadvantages of a Chromebook

So, it all sounds good so far right? Well, it is, but there is no such thing as a perfect device. What follows are some of the reasons people are less than satisfied with Chromebooks.

Office: If you are married to Microsoft Office products, a Chromebook is probably not for you. Google has its own free online suite of office-like services at drive.google.com, and many of these are comparable to Office, but they do lack some pro features.

Storage: Chromebooks typically only have between 16 and 32GB of on-board storage. This helps keep the price down, but remember the 100GB of online storage you get for free.

No Optical Drive: A CD/DVD drive is quickly becoming a thing of the past with new laptops, but if you really need one, and use it regularly, you won't find one on a Chromebook.

Video Editing: There are definitely some great online video editors you can use on the Chromebook. WeVideo, for instance, quickly comes to mind. However, if you use more professional level editors, or deal with a lot of HD footage, the Chromebook might not have the horsepower you need.

No Photoshop: Similarly, if you are a heavy user of Photoshop or Photoshop Elements, you will need to look for an equivalent online application. Pixlr or the online Photoshop Express Editor are perfectly good for casual family photo editing, but they lack the fuller feature set of Adobe's premiere editing products. Adobe are working on a streaming version of Photoshop, but there is no timeline of when it might actually be available to consumers.

Printing: You can print on a Chromebook without too much difficulty, but depending on the printer you have it might not be as easy as before because you are required to use Google Cloud Print. More information on Google Cloud Print is here.

Wow, thank you so much. Sounds like a chromebook will be ideal for what we want. Big heat for being a superstar x

cherylb

Complete technophobe here... What's the difference between chrome book … Complete technophobe here... What's the difference between chrome book and laptop.I'm after something very cheap that kids can do homework on and hubby can play football manager. Would this be any good please x



You may be better off with the HP Stream 11" laptops which use Windows 8.1, they are £179 - I'm not sure if they will play the football game, I'm not into gaming, but I don't see why not.

**edit** quick check online and it would appear Chromebooks won't play Football Manager.......
Edited by: "scrumpypaul" 10th Dec 2014

scrumpypaul

You may be better off with the HP Stream 11" laptops which use Windows … You may be better off with the HP Stream 11" laptops which use Windows 8.1, they are £179 - I'm not sure if they will play the football game, I'm not into gaming, but I don't see why not.


Thank you. I'll take a look

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scrumpypaul

You may be better off with the HP Stream 11" laptops which use Windows … You may be better off with the HP Stream 11" laptops which use Windows 8.1, they are £179 - I'm not sure if they will play the football game, I'm not into gaming, but I don't see why not.**edit** quick check online and it would appear Chromebooks won't play Football Manager.......



Oops - sorry if I led you down the wrong path there cherylb

scrumpypaul

http://store.hp.com/UKStore/Merch/List.aspx?sel=PCNB&ctrl=f&fc_sb_stream=1Out of stock apparently at HP but available for same price at PCWorldhttp://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/laptops-netbooks/laptops/laptops/hp-stream-11-d007na-11-laptop-blue-10075697-pdt.html


Thank you. Would I be able to get word on this?

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cherylb

Thank you. Would I be able to get word on this?



as per PC world link

Microsoft Office

The HP Stream Laptop comes with a free one-year subscription to Microsoft Office 365. This gives you access to Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Access, so you can get to work right-away without having to buy any other software.

davewave

as per PC world linkMicrosoft OfficeThe HP Stream Laptop comes with a … as per PC world linkMicrosoft OfficeThe HP Stream Laptop comes with a free one-year subscription to Microsoft Office 365. This gives you access to Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Access, so you can get to work right-away without having to buy any other software.


Fantastic. Thank you both so much for helping a silly ole woman lol x

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cherylb

Fantastic. Thank you both so much for helping a silly ole woman lol x



No problem, ask away - also there is an ASK section (see top of page) if at any point in the future you have questions which other members may be able to help with.

Can I just clarify I'm not that old lol just crap with technology x
Thank you davewave
Edited by: "cherylb" 10th Dec 2014

These were £159 at Argos a couple of weeks back, picked 2 of them up. This maybe the cheapest at the moment though. The C720 certainly seems a popular choice when searching the net for Chromebooks.

Also, don't forget there is a version of MS Word for Chromebooks (which is free) if you want something different to Google Docs. And just been looking at Zoho Writer as another alternative (although not 100% sure if it's free).

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Richierea

These were £159 at Argos a couple of weeks back, picked 2 of them up. … These were £159 at Argos a couple of weeks back, picked 2 of them up. This maybe the cheapest at the moment though. The C720 certainly seems a popular choice when searching the net for Chromebooks.Also, don't forget there is a version of MS Word for Chromebooks (which is free) if you want something different to Google Docs. And just been looking at Zoho Writer as another alternative (although not 100% sure if it's free).



How do you get word for chromebooks

Workhorse machine but for light and moderate use. I have summarised my findings and review here at
reasontouse.com/com…er/

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reasontouse

Workhorse machine but for light and moderate use. I have summarised my … Workhorse machine but for light and moderate use. I have summarised my findings and review here at http://reasontouse.com/computer/acer-c720-performance-review-chromebooks-getting-better/



Very helpful, good point about really long battery life, also very quick to recharge.

davewave

Very helpful, good point about really long battery life, also very quick … Very helpful, good point about really long battery life, also very quick to recharge.



Thanks

davewave

How do you get word for chromebooks



It's on the Chrome app store (just search for Word / Excel / Powerpoint):

chrome.google.com/web…ajg

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