HP 14 Chromebook 4GB RAM 16GB SSD £199.99 @ Argos
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HP 14 Chromebook 4GB RAM 16GB SSD £199.99 @ Argos

£199.99Argos Deals
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Found 1st Feb 2015
Seems like a good deal to me for a 14 inch Chromebook. Apparently was £249.99. Have been looking at these and most seem to have 2GB RAM. So I'm thinking this is better?? Plus larger screen.

Open to feedback before taking the plunge!!

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We had these in College. The College supplied them and had so many issues with them that they admitted that they regretted buying them!

If it were my money I'll try the lenovo miix 3 10 inch from very posted couple days ago.

I know totally different system etc but same price !

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diamond321

We had these in College. The College supplied them and had so many issues … We had these in College. The College supplied them and had so many issues with them that they admitted that they regretted buying them!



Really in what way?

diamond321

We had these in College. The College supplied them and had so many issues … We had these in College. The College supplied them and had so many issues with them that they admitted that they regretted buying them!



Please tell of problems. This is what crowd sourcing is all about. Thanks.

Toshiba Chromebook 2 is very good. 4GB RAM and HD screen.

Banned

Any places currently selling the tosh cbook 2?

Has anyone discovered yet the point of a Chromebook?

get a lenovo b-50

diamond321

We had these in College. The College supplied them and had so many issues … We had these in College. The College supplied them and had so many issues with them that they admitted that they regretted buying them!



it may be that they bought the cheapest crappiest chromebook they could find, and yes, the cheapest ones a pretty terrible, and even the mid-level ones often have only barely adequate screens. As soon as the spec gets reasonable, the price doesn't seem so cheap compared to a standard laptop!

The other problem is that they rely on a good internet connection. It's hard to do good wifi on a campus and have it work well everywhere without paying a lot of money.
Edited by: "speculatrix" 1st Feb 2015

I have one and use it often, the battery life is amazing and the fast boot time is great.

ChampionshipManager

Has anyone discovered yet the point of a Chromebook?



Startup in seconds.
Easy to use.
Does everything most people need.
Lower price.
Rarely go wrong.
Should work for years without degradation of performance.

I have been fixing relatives PCs and Macs since the 80s and regularly get calls for help. The ones that have moved to Chromebook never bother me and are delighted with their choice.

ChampionshipManager

Has anyone discovered yet the point of a Chromebook?



You're funny. X)

Tatter

Startup in seconds.Easy to use.Does everything most people need.Lower … Startup in seconds.Easy to use.Does everything most people need.Lower price.Rarely go wrong.Should work for years without degradation of performance.I have been fixing relatives PCs and Macs since the 80s and regularly get calls for help. The ones that have moved to Chromebook never bother me and are delighted with their choice.



You have had 35 years to fix your relatives PC and there still broke!!

ChampionshipManager

Has anyone discovered yet the point of a Chromebook?



Depends on the person, my mum used to have an old AMD dual core PC from 2006 running ubuntu and I regularly had to be tech support.

I got her an asus chromebox many months ago and there's been almost no need for tech support, it's fast, she hasn't managed to break it, it's fairly simple to use, generally the ideal computer. Wouldn't buy one myself though despite about 80% of my casual usage being in chrome, because of that 20%.

Has anyone discovered yet the point of a Chromebook?Depends on the … Has anyone discovered yet the point of a Chromebook?Depends on the person, my mum used to have an old AMD dual core PC from 2006 running ubuntu and I regularly had to be tech support.I got her an asus chromebox many months ago and there's been almost no need for tech support, it's fast, she hasn't managed to break it, it's fairly simple to use, generally the ideal computer. Wouldn't buy one myself though despite about 80% of my casual usage being in chrome, because of that 20%.




No flash update madness, no virus-spam-trojan, no IT guy, most folks live in the browser anyhow, googleapps free for education & nonprofits, most normal school & office & presentation tasks can be done in Google Apps with the bonus of collaboration, online is ubiquitous, access control, better proven learning than tablets. They are the first mass market thin clients & are not aimed at gamers.
Edited by: "techdave" 1st Feb 2015

using this exact model as we spk we purchased it for my then 8 yr old daughter a year ago never had any problems unlike when the kids use a windows laptop it will become sluggish from all the viruses and popups that they have clicked on and toolbars they have managed to install . This starts up almost instantly and is perfect for education game websites that they use for homework and she watches youtube and netflix we think its great. so much so i use this instead of pc or laptop and we have purchased another for our 7yr old son

these really are like Marmite, you'll either love them or hate them. if you have been using windows all your life, not particularly technical, you may as well go with something like the HP Stream laptops. they're the same price and include office 365 for 1 year!

ChampionshipManager

Has anyone discovered yet the point of a Chromebook?



Same as someone that like the ease of a large tablet but wants to type a fair bit

Tatter

Startup in seconds.Easy to use.Does everything most people need.Lower … Startup in seconds.Easy to use.Does everything most people need.Lower price.Rarely go wrong.Should work for years without degradation of performance.I have been fixing relatives PCs and Macs since the 80s and regularly get calls for help. The ones that have moved to Chromebook never bother me and are delighted with their choice.



Horses for courses TOTALLY?! .. no/lack of ANY form of notable Hard Drive, forced Cloud Storage/usage before this can even/ever be 'considered as an anything'? .. need to therefore also be permanantly 'attached' to a ready source of Internet Supply before this could ebven be considered as half 'usable', & ..... (& thats just for short starters?, so ..... )

So depending on your bag, &/or what your really looking for .. its quite literally 'Horses for courses', huh?

My Chromebook is the best computer I've ever had. It's just there, all the time, ready to go, no waiting, no problems, no fuss, no maintenance. It just works. My more powerful self-built Windows machine only gets used for photo editing these days.

amour3k

Horses for courses TOTALLY?! .. no/lack of ANY form of notable Hard … Horses for courses TOTALLY?! .. no/lack of ANY form of notable Hard Drive, forced Cloud Storage/usage before this can even/ever be 'considered as an anything'? .. need to therefore also be permanantly 'attached' to a ready source of Internet Supply before this could ebven be considered as half 'usable', & ..... (& thats just for short starters?, so ..... )So depending on your bag, &/or what your really looking for .. its quite literally 'Horses for courses', huh?


Oh that old myth again. You can install a full Linux distribution on it if you want. If not, it has an SD card slot to add storage for peanuts and to continue with the horse analogy, here it is straight from its mouth.

I'm guessing though that these could be a nice compliment for someone like me who is moving to android for phone and tablet but also want a device to do proper typing of the odd document/spreadsheet?

I don't want to get a windows computer and it's all apple I have currently but I'm looking to move away from them

Pokey

My Chromebook is the best computer I've ever had. It's just there, all … My Chromebook is the best computer I've ever had. It's just there, all the time, ready to go, no waiting, no problems, no fuss, no maintenance. It just works. My more powerful self-built Windows machine only gets used for photo editing these days.

Pixlr Editor is pretty good.

Will it play facebook games? If so I can get one for my Mum

mrpipster

Will it play facebook games? If so I can get one for my Mum



yes it will. These are perfect for family members I've found. anyone I've recommended one to has never complained, unlike windows

amour3k

Horses for courses TOTALLY?! .. no/lack of ANY form of notable Hard … Horses for courses TOTALLY?! .. no/lack of ANY form of notable Hard Drive, forced Cloud Storage/usage before this can even/ever be 'considered as an anything'? .. need to therefore also be permanantly 'attached' to a ready source of Internet Supply before this could ebven be considered as half 'usable', & ..... (& thats just for short starters?, so ..... )So depending on your bag, &/or what your really looking for .. its quite literally 'Horses for courses', huh?



Lack of wifi is the exception these days, not the rule. The 16gb storage is fine for its purpose as a general use machine, cloud storage is a plus that carries over to other devices too.

it fits the purpose of a general browsing/net machine well. I have a chromebook at my partners, so I can browse and watch youtube there. At home I have a full laptop as I need the extra functionality. When we travel the chromebook comes along. It really is a non fuss machine that does general use well.

add in the ability to install linux, and it gets a little more interesting.

Chromebooks are great!

The "peach" colour is £10 cheaper = £189.99
Same spec(?)
argos.co.uk/sta…htm

I have a Chromebook (Toshiba 13 inch). It is a great substitute for an internet tablet, but you may want to keep a Windows or Linux machine on the side, just in case you are away from the internet. The Chromebook starts in seconds and you do not have to worry about updates, spyware-checks or virus scans. Ideal for browsing the internet and typing an odd letter. Another plus: Great battery life. And much much cheaper than an ultrabook.

I have this model (albeit the turquoise blue one) - absolutely love it!

I always thought I'd struggle being off windows etc. but the truth is it turns out I don't use it as much as I thought! The screen isn't great by any means but I find it usable enough - I think it depends on what you're coming from but for me it's fine.

I love the convenience, just pick it up and it's ready (I normally leave it in sleep and the wake up is almost instant). The size is a really sweet spot for me also, big enough to use comfortably but not too bulky.

I installed Xubuntu on a 64GB USB3 drive and it works fine although I didn't use it as much as I thought, although I have used it to play Half Life 2 and L4D via Steam for Linux (settings need to all be turned down but they run fine then).

I actually got mine for £160 'as new' from a local ad website (daughter bought it for her 80 year old dad who couldn't get on with it so only used a couple of times) - I'd be happy to pay £200 for it but not sure about much more.

I'd be tempted to get the Toshiba Chromebook 2 as someone has previously said although I think it's available in 2 versions with the 1080p/4GB version being more expensive at (EDIT - not actually sure if it's out yet or how much for) - processor and screen upgrades are completely worth it but if you can't stretch that far there's nothing wrong with this at all.
Edited by: "shoobirdy" 2nd Feb 2015

I've had my Samsung 11.6" Chromebook for around six months...brilliant little machine, but there are a couple of issues that causes a couple of "grrr's"...

The lack of silverlight support & you cannot sell anything on ebay, as it doesn't render the form properly, but apart from that, I'd personally have one of these over a super cheapo celeron lappy.. Extra storage - indeed, use the cloud, or pen sticks or an external HD (as long as it doesn't install drivers!)

Does anyone know if this has a monitor port, not a hdmi one, the old style connector?

My mam is currently using my old laptop and also has a second screen (from a even older desktop we binned in 2009).

I'm currently looking for a replacement for her as she is saying it is sluggish tho as it's has a core2duo processor I find a lot of windows laptops have worse processors than she is currently using.

Took the plunge and purchased one. Wow it's quick. Out of the box and on the internet in couple of minutes.

£20 of Argos vouchers as well.

[quote=Spottybutterfly]Does anyone know if this has a monitor port, not a hdmi one, the old style connector?

No

best chromebook imho is the dell with 4gb ram if u prefer11.6 screen

ChampionshipManager

Has anyone discovered yet the point of a Chromebook?



I got a chromebook after xmas one of the HP 14 chromebooks and I think it's brilliant. Compared to my actual laptop which is 5 years old and terrible considering it jams up and is slow and updates itself all the time

My chromebook, starts up in a few seconds, easy to use when you get past the fact it's not windows. There's enough storage on it for me, plus you get 30gb storage on onedrive. You can download apps, also an online microsoft office app, which includes excel, word and powerpoint. Also it's spot on for browsing the web and lets face it who actually goes on a laptop/computer and doesn't use the internet. Also it updates security on it's own saving money on finding a decent security software.

Sorry for late reply. They were slow to load up and even more slow to use and to browse the web, they froze and constantly crashed. They drove the college lecturers mad!

diamond321

Sorry for late reply. They were slow to load up and even more slow to … Sorry for late reply. They were slow to load up and even more slow to use and to browse the web, they froze and constantly crashed. They drove the college lecturers mad!



Didn't wait. :-) Bought one today. Not many left.
It.
Just.
Works. Quickly.

If you don't need gaming it's great. Plus 1 terabyte google drive free for two years. It will save me money. I have a lot of "stuff" online.

I bought the 4gb Lenovo from Argos earlier this week - same price but 11.6 screen. Picked that one because in my experience hp laptops a relatively have high failure rate. I love it though - really good battery life and very fast. I mostly use my tablet for watching tv shows/films because I find mobile websites annoying, so chromebooks are great devices for when you're out and about.
Edited by: "Happykuar" 3rd Feb 2015

I just got this, cant work out why I got a £20 argos voucher
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