Cracking Acer Chromebook 14 Inch Celeron 4GB 32GB for a great price £219.99 @ Argos
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Cracking Acer Chromebook 14 Inch Celeron 4GB 32GB for a great price £219.99 @ Argos

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Edited by:"pep411"Found 5th Sep 2017
For a start, if you do not like chromebook, do not waste your time by browsing and commenting on this deal. This is not a debate abt how crap chromebooks are. I want one and think this is cracking deal. Still retailing at £300 at currys/ Amazon.

will be better if voucher code offer is honoured.

happy chroming
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ryanprice0310 m ago

I still gasp when I read "Celeron"Awful


Bit outdated opinion there no?
reddit13 h, 55 m ago

It's about the overall experience, which will always feel better with …It's about the overall experience, which will always feel better with faster storage that doesn't appear to hamper what may otherwise be hardware that is better than previous experience may have given rise to believe.So it will be interesting to see what eMMC this has and hope that it isn't something slow form the likes of Forsee.Yes I can agree that it can be complicated when it comes to looking at every aspect of use from every application but having experienced so much night and day difference, based upon the difference solely from the storage adopted, it is my considered opinion that it is a major factor for general user experience.


CPU is still the key factor in the overall experience IMO.

My Celeron 2955U / eMMC Chromebook is fast and snappy for basic webpages - probably snappier than my i5/HDD for basic web pages (due to the amount of the bloat in Windows) but for several media heavy webpages opened simultaneously the situation is reversed as the 2995U cannot deal with the significantly higher and prolonged CPU load. The i5 still spikes to 100% but drops back down very quickly, whereas the 2995U shoots to 100% CPU and stays there until the pages are fully rendered. In the case in the case of 4 or 5 media heavy webpages with embedded videos, JS and 3rd party plugins, that can result in a complete machine freeze for over a minute!

Have a look at the CPU usage below on a N3450 which is slightly more powerful than the Celeron N3160 here. The first graphic is using Chrome and CTRL-left mouse click on several links on the main HUKD page to open 1 new page, then another new page, then 4 Chrome tabs simultaneously - look at the CPU utilisation spiking to 100%:


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The graph below is doing the same thing on a very media heavy webpage with alot of embedded videos, sound, adverts, javascript, 3rd party plugins etc (the Liverpool Echo website).

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Opening several media heavy webpages simultaneously seriously maxes out the CPU! The pages load fine but the pages feel sluggish when loading. By comparison, my:
- i5/8GB/960m/HDD laptop has no problem with the same task.
- my Celeron 2955U/2GB/eMMC Chromebook freezes up when I try and load 4 x media heavy Liverpool Echo pages simultaneously! (I have ensure that I only open 1 page, then close it after reading, before opening up another one of the same type).
Also shows how important 6GB RAM is over 4GB.

I'd say that Chromebook v Windows laptop performance can be summed up as follows:

- if all you do are mostly single tasks or light web browsing of low demand / average pages eg. most BBC website pages, a Chromebook is fast and snappy (for light web browsing I actually prefer my Chromebook over ANY of my Windows machines)
- if you multitask or your demands are greater, it really pays to try and get an i3 or higher
- if you do anything other than basic web browsing and emails, you should seriously consider paying more for a Windows machine due to the greater range of software and power available.
In all cases, get a minimum of 4GB RAM and in Windows, a minimum of 6GB RAM.

I've been editing this post on 3 different laptops just for comparison. In terms of usability, speed, best experience, For this specific task, I'd rank as follows:

(1) Chromebook Celeron 2955U / 2GB RAM / eMMC (easy No.1 - its so fast/snappy with these sort of tasks)
(2) Windows i5 / 8GB RAM / HDD
(3) Windows N3450 / 6GB / eMMC (this feels noticeably more laggy).

If I were to start doing something more demanding, then (2) quickly becomes No.1 in terms of speed, usability and overall experience. (3) is the laggiest and least enjoyable to use in terms of speed but it also does many things that (1) cannot do.
Edited by: "Picard123" 6th Sep 2017
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this is the one i had, great bit of kit, should be getting the android store.. ."soon".
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jackvdbuk21 m ago

this is the one i had, great bit of kit, should be getting the android …this is the one i had, great bit of kit, should be getting the android store.. ."soon".


You had....any reason you sold or changed for something else. I will admit..not sure of gold color. Well know when I pick up this evening
Quite impressed so I've reserved one to try. Doesn't seem to have the advertised SD slot but not a big deal.
Good find OP thanks
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Negative. No touchscreen. Android apps won't work properly without touchscreen
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fairytooth12 m ago

Quite impressed so I've reserved one to try. Doesn't seem to have the …Quite impressed so I've reserved one to try. Doesn't seem to have the advertised SD slot but not a big deal.Good find OP thanks


fairy for £10 voucher I think u need to pay online. Click and collect does not count.

Plz Ignore if u did not go through voucher code.co.uk
sam_of_london11 m ago

Negative. No touchscreen. Android apps won't work properly without …Negative. No touchscreen. Android apps won't work properly without touchscreen


Why won't they? Some maybe if they rely on multi-touch.
I still gasp when I read "Celeron"

Awful
ryanprice039 m ago

I still gasp when I read "Celeron"Awful


Chrome is a lightweight OS, Celeron N3160 is more than plenty.
ryanprice0310 m ago

I still gasp when I read "Celeron"Awful


Bit outdated opinion there no?
Some older chromebooks are having problems at start-up and the response to getting it fixed is disapointing.

I won`t be buying any more if this is what we have to look forward to
I've had a couple of these for my kids and they have been great. I paid the full £280 for one. Another was about £180 for a refurb from laptopsdirect.co.uk

Compared to a Windows laptop, its great to have something which just works, without waiting for updates, malware scans etc. The screen on these is pretty good, and it definitely helps to have full HD resolution if you want to write an essay with another WWW browser window along side. It is best to pick a printer that supports Cloudprint printing.
I bought one in silver last year. Android apps are available on the beta channel
Edited by: "bohnny_jravo" 5th Sep 2017
I don't like chrome book;)
My lenovo n22 got play store over the weekend, not found it that great so far if in honest a couple of games I tried load but you can't control and a couple of apps dont work ether as they should or won't load, I would definitely buy touch screen next time for using play store
I vote this hot and would buy this in a heart beat but seeing as I already have an Asus Flip and a Dell 13" Chromebook I dont really need it.
What i would say is that a Full HD screen (as on my Dell) is brilliant on a Chromebook and the 4Gb RAM does make a difference.
My main use of Chromebooks is for Internet browsing as I much prefer a laptop to a tablet for typing and navigating, but that is just a personal thing. Google docs and sheets gets closer to MS Office all the time, to the point where they cover 90% of everything I need.
Have used an ACER chromebook for the past couple of years. They are excellent. Very fast and do exactly what they say on the tin. Good spot O.P.
By anti-glare screen, does it mean matte or glossy with some kind of coating?

2Gb RAM way further than I expected on a Chromebook, but with Linux on and the ability to do more or less anything I'm crying out for 4Gb. They're so expensive in this country.
EndemicAlarm9 m ago

By anti-glare screen, does it mean matte or glossy with some kind of …By anti-glare screen, does it mean matte or glossy with some kind of coating?2Gb RAM way further than I expected on a Chromebook, but with Linux on and the ability to do more or less anything I'm crying out for 4Gb. They're so expensive in this country.


Matte
Zameen3 m ago

Matte



Awesome, thanks. I don't care if it looks worse, I'll never opt into constant light reflections again.
I had one of these. 5 minutes out of warranty the trackpad stopped working. Tried powerwash/full reset, everything, A bluetooth mouse still works fine so it's definitely a hardware issue. Looking around it seems common-ish, well there's more than one report of it.

Apart from that nice chromebook for the price.
Screen brightness is OK, can be seen clearly outside but not in direct sunlight.
Plays 1080p Youtube fine.
Keyboard is actually OK to type on
Battery will last the day

I used the Beta channel for Android apps. All the apps I used worked fine, but they were business type rather than games, so multi-touch wasn't a requirement. Used to Remote Desktop into my windows machine, but annoyingly not all the keys are on the chromebook keyboard, but it's possible.

ChromeOS is ideal to give to older relatives who want basic browsing without the hassle of weekly reboot updates, viruses and all the other **** than Windows brings with it.
Edited by moderator: "removed swear" 5th Sep 2017
phatbhoy1 h, 29 m ago

Bit outdated opinion there no?


I have this Chromebook, it's a great device but the performance is disappointing, especially when compared to Acer Chromebook C720 from a few years back which is very responsive in comparison.
phatbhoy1 h, 29 m ago

Bit outdated opinion there no?


I have this
sam_of_london2 h, 16 m ago

Negative. No touchscreen. Android apps won't work properly without …Negative. No touchscreen. Android apps won't work properly without touchscreen


I use some Android apps on my Chromebook 14 (in dev mode).

Some games run great with a keyboard and mouse e.g. The Android sonic games (use number 1 for jump button), ticket to ride, splendor... My XBox 360 controller also works!

I have side-loaded ubuntu as well so some linux games work very well. I play games such as FTL, Papers Please, Prison Architect just fine.

This is my main laptop!
Edited by: "stevenhp1987" 5th Sep 2017
stevenhp19878 m ago

I use some Android apps on my Chromebook 14 (in dev mode).Some games run …I use some Android apps on my Chromebook 14 (in dev mode).Some games run great with a keyboard and mouse e.g. The Android sonic games (use number 1 for jump button), ticket to ride, splendor... My XBox 360 controller also works!I have side-loaded ubuntu as well so some linux games work very well. I play games such as FTL, Papers Please, Prison Architect just fine.This is my main laptop, I


Fruit ninja?
win262 m ago

Fruit ninja?


I highly doubt that would work well without a touchscreen - why would you want to play fruit ninja on a laptop anyways?

There are plenty of games that work without a touchscreen, those designed around it won't work so well.
sam_of_london2 h, 18 m ago

Negative. No touchscreen. Android apps won't work properly without …Negative. No touchscreen. Android apps won't work properly without touchscreen


Is it you that posts this to every Chromebook deal? This runs ChromeOS as well or better than any other Chromebook at this price point. As a bonus it will run some Android Apps in the future but like any device not all. And it will run some perfectly OK.

So find us a better deal - if its an Android based one can I come and rubbish it because it doesn't run ChromeOS or a Linux crouton?
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buster131 h, 1 m ago

Have used an ACER chromebook for the past couple of years. They are …Have used an ACER chromebook for the past couple of years. They are excellent. Very fast and do exactly what they say on the tin. Good spot O.P.

Do what they say in the tin ? Just load web browser . Does anything else work on them ? No . Any communication apps ? No . Only now Android apps work with with touchscreen . Other than that Chromebook s are useless due to lack of applications.
sam_of_london5 m ago

Do what they say in the tin ? Just load web browser . Does anything else …Do what they say in the tin ? Just load web browser . Does anything else work on them ? No . Any communication apps ? No . Only now Android apps work with with touchscreen . Other than that Chromebook s are useless due to lack of applications.



What a load of rubbish plenty android apps running fine. Touchscreen only needed mainly for games, works perectly with majority of normal apps including skype and kodi. By the way as has already been mentioned you can run linux on them as well.
sam_of_london2 h, 36 m ago

Negative. No touchscreen. Android apps won't work properly without …Negative. No touchscreen. Android apps won't work properly without touchscreen




Android phones can use controllers for games so don't see why this would be any different.
Edited by: "Cantona007" 5th Sep 2017
sam_of_london9 m ago

Do what they say in the tin ? Just load web browser . Does anything else …Do what they say in the tin ? Just load web browser . Does anything else work on them ? No . Any communication apps ? No . Only now Android apps work with with touchscreen . Other than that Chromebook s are useless due to lack of applications.


I think your name is the only one I recognise on this site because I swear to God, you spend your time posting gibberish in tech discussions. I have no idea if it's a deliberate wind-up, but it's not fair on people who are trying to learn something.
Edited by: "EndemicAlarm" 5th Sep 2017
pep4113 h, 2 m ago

You had....any reason you sold or changed for something else. I will …You had....any reason you sold or changed for something else. I will admit..not sure of gold color. Well know when I pick up this evening


I bought this originally for travelling, but gone for another laptop in the end..

I'll start with the good points.
Super fast, loads up in seconds.
Battery lasts ages
Chrome is smooth and 4gb memory really helps

Bad points
I didn't like that vlc had issues with mkv and various formats buy that could just be me.

I got frustrated in the end with things like team viewer being on a Web browser

Missed things like smb shares working properly but again ymmv.
Anyone know what the actual model number is? I can't see it.
I've been using a Chromebook for the last 4 years. Also have a Windows laptop.

For £220, I think you'd be mad to choose ChromeOS laptop over the Windows equivalent given that the latter can do so much more.
Picard12321 m ago

I've been using a Chromebook for the last 4 years. Also have a Windows …I've been using a Chromebook for the last 4 years. Also have a Windows laptop.For £220, I think you'd be mad to choose ChromeOS laptop over the Windows equivalent given that the latter can do so much more.


Because low-end Windows laptops are just a world of pain. There's certainly no comparison to a well-specced Windows laptop, but those cost twice as much. A £220 Windows laptop is a turd, whereas a £220 Chromebook is very usable.
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EndemicAlarm49 m ago

I think your name is the only one I recognise on this site because I swear …I think your name is the only one I recognise on this site because I swear to God, you spend your time posting gibberish in tech discussions. I have no idea if it's a deliberate wind-up, but it's not fair on people who are trying to learn something.

Tech which no one here needs and forced upon them . UK is not a third world country to dump all electronic trash here . I am not against Chromebook s and would have voted hot if it had touchscreen . Apart from Android apps which have recently started working due to Playstore on Chromebook, there is not any use of them . You should post a touchscreen Chromebook which does make sense. Your name is Endemic Alarm . Sound your alarm and go back to your endemic country i.e. China
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Chz23 m ago

Because low-end Windows laptops are just a world of pain. There's …Because low-end Windows laptops are just a world of pain. There's certainly no comparison to a well-specced Windows laptop, but those cost twice as much. A £220 Windows laptop is a turd, whereas a £220 Chromebook is very usable.

I have several of £ 100 - 200 Windows laptops which work perfectly fine with Windows 10 . I can install Microsoft Office and all other communication apps like WhatsApp , Viber , Facebook messenger, Skype , Yahoo etc without any problems. I can use a few Citrix applications as well . I bought a Chromebook but had to return because nothing worked on it except the web browser . Plus I can upgrade the laptop and Windows as I wish . Can you do that with Chromebook ? No . You can install windows on Chromebook but not the other way around . So no from me for non touch Chromebook.
Chz39 m ago

Because low-end Windows laptops are just a world of pain. There's …Because low-end Windows laptops are just a world of pain. There's certainly no comparison to a well-specced Windows laptop, but those cost twice as much. A £220 Windows laptop is a turd, whereas a £220 Chromebook is very usable.


In what way are 'low end' Windows laptops a "world of pain"?

What spec do you consider to be low end?
phatbhoy3 h, 51 m ago

Bit outdated opinion there no?


Probably. It's been a while.
jackvdbuk5 h, 37 m ago

this is the one i had, great bit of kit, should be getting the android …this is the one i had, great bit of kit, should be getting the android store.. ."soon".


Already has it on Beta
How easy it is to install printers on a Chromebook? Looking at the drivers page for mine (support.brother.com/g/b…spx?c=eu_ot〈=en∏=hl2250dn_eu_as) Chrome OS is not listed. Android is there, not sure if that would work?
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