Refurbished Acer CB3-431-C9WH 14" Intel Celeron N3060 1.6GHz 2GB RAM 16GB SSD Chrome OS Chromebook in Silver £99.97 - laptopsdirect
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Refurbished Acer CB3-431-C9WH 14" Intel Celeron N3060 1.6GHz 2GB RAM 16GB SSD Chrome OS Chromebook in Silver £99.97 - laptopsdirect

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Found 18th Aug 2017
For those looking for a minimal and fast laptop that just concentrates on email, browsing, video and a business suite you can't go wrong with a chromebook. They just work brilliantly well. This model looks stunning in its brushed aluminium case and mac style design. Battery life is phenomenal at well over 12hrs. A great alternative to a bloated windows laptop with slow boot times and more problematic operation. 2GB main memory and 16GB SSD may seem low but as long as your are not planning to use a huge number of apps and play your music and videos off a network or internet there shouldn't be any problems. I configured google print eventually and it works great allowing wireless and remote printing without problems with great results and compatibility. A laptop you can use all day without recharging. Decent 14" size screen, great sound quality and very thin and light it looks like something that cost a lot more than its sub £100 price. Don't forget to go through topcashback for a couple of quid.


The Acer 14 CB3-431 Chromebook is ideal for on the go computing, highly portable with its slim, sleek and compact design. Whether you’re working or playing the Chromebook has you covered with an impressive battery life and with an anti-glare screen you can view comfortably from wherever you are.

Equipped with a 16GB hard drive there’s plenty of space to store your media, watch a film or share music with friends.

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STUNNING STYLE & STRENGTH

The Acer 14 CB3-431 Chromebook is absolutely stunning encased in aluminium alloy, giving it style, strength and durability. With a thickness of just 23.6cm and weighing in at only 1.6kg this Acer Chromebook is highly portable and with such a durable design why would you not take it everywhere?

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Can the RAM be upgraded?
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I don't think the memory or storage can be upgraded. I think they are solded to the motherboard but not sure. You could however upgrade storage using either of the high speed usb 3.0 ports.

Acer claim up to 12hrs for all models of this series but I think the claim is true of the quad core models, with 4GB memory, 32GB storage and a 1080p display but this model gets a few extra hours so there is a bonus to having a lower spec as it shares the same battery as the higher priced models.
Would this be good for using Microsoft office on for writing essays and adding images etc.
dealer22124 m ago

Would this be good for using Microsoft office on for writing essays and …Would this be good for using Microsoft office on for writing essays and adding images etc.

No
I have this same model. Pay the extra. Go HD. The screens not great.
Having said that... I never touch my windows laptop now !
I also have the full HD version of this with 4gb of RAM, it's brilliant
bought the higher spec version from Laptopdirect for £155. Great Chromebook, mostly use it for Kodi and its very light much lighter than my Alienware 17 R3.
Edited by: "Rathore" 18th Aug 2017
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I actually think the screen is fine, its better than my Toshiba 720p laptop screen and another Acer windows laptop I've seen but yes the 720p screen isn't as nice as having a 1080p screen. I think the main limitation is the 2GB memory which is still fast enough as long as you don't open too many windows tabs. The 4GB option is a good upgrade but I still think this is a fantastic introduction to chromebooks for little money and fit for purpose for most people. While more limited than a windows laptop it just does what it does soo much better. The speed, the hassle free approach and the laptop design and build quality is gorgeous.
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Cheapish ultrafit usb 3.0 flash drive here if you want to expand storage without it sticking out.

ebay.co.uk/itm…821

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Edited by: "bonzobanana" 18th Aug 2017
bonzobanana45 m ago

Cheapish ultrafit usb 3.0 flash drive here if you want to expand storage …Cheapish ultrafit usb 3.0 flash drive here if you want to expand storage without it sticking out.http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/SanDisk-Cruzer-Ultra-Fit-32GB-CZ43-USB-3-0-Mini-Flash-Pen-Drive-130MB-s-Black-/222050484821http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/64GB-USB-3-0-Flash-Drive-SanDisk-Ultra-Fit-64-GB-/322036723774

Make sure you read reviews before buying, heard some bad stuff about some of these ultra small USB drives, overheating etc.
If you can get all your work done on a Chromebook (I can't and use a Surface 3) then this is a bit of a no-brainer. They run ridiculously quick on low-end hardware, are slim, lightweight and durable.

The only annoyance I found is having to use alternatives to Office, no Dropbox offline sync, etc.
Good use this , much better if we know why so many refurbished return
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7day30 m ago

Good use this , much better if we know why so many refurbished return



There's always refurbished stock, many people return goods within 30 days and some may have small faults or issues that require fixing. Looking at laptop directs refurbs, HP, Acer, Lenovo, Apple and Asus seem to make up the highest returns but then I guess these are the biggest brands by volume. I think the low price is because 2GB main memory and 16GB storage is seen as too low by many who are used to windows so they are probably unpopular because of that hence the greater price reduction but in fact its a fully usable spec for a chome os laptop.
exeter4 h, 44 m ago

I also have the full HD version of this with 4gb of RAM, it's brilliant


Do you have a link / ref that I can look at, I'm not sure what reference it is. I'd go for same specs if I can.
These are great for parents who want to use the internet but have no awareness of viruses etc - got 2 from Argos for £129 at the start of the year for my parents. Starts up very quickly, no viruses to worry about and Chrome backs everything up for them.

The build quality of these is very nice too, I was very surprised having owned HP and Toshiba Chromebooks in the past.

A 4gb ram version is available but if you're just browsing with a few tabs open then these will be ample.
7day1 h, 15 m ago

Good use this , much better if we know why so many refurbished return


As with many, many 'refurbished' items they are likely to simply be importers excess stocks that they want to sell alongside the full-priced items. In other words they may well be brand new but sold in a brown box or a box that someone's employed to bash about a bit.

It's usually uneconomic to actually refurbish electronic kit like this tbh.

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Edited by: "DonDraper" 18th Aug 2017
"With a thickness of just 23.6cm"
My Dad's old laptop from 1991 was only 12cm thick!
Potentially £85 (+£1) with which trial heat added.
Edited by: "iEimis" 18th Aug 2017
Is there an MS Office version for Chromebooks?
Rathore3 h, 24 m ago

bought the higher spec version from Laptopdirect for £155. Great …bought the higher spec version from Laptopdirect for £155. Great Chromebook, mostly use it for Kodi and its very light much lighter than my Alienware 17 R3.



how do you use kodi on a chromebook? which software version do you download?
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fishsticks6 m ago

"With a thickness of just 23.6cm"My Dad's old laptop from 1991 was only …"With a thickness of just 23.6cm"My Dad's old laptop from 1991 was only 12cm thick!


Good spot on that mistake, I'm sure its meant to be 23.6mm. I copy and pasted from their page.
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iEimis4 m ago

Potentially £85 (+£1) with which trial heat added.


Only £15 off orders of £250 or more I think.
3 month warranty isn't very generous. Looks like they want you to cough up for extended cover.
Edited by: "captainbeaky" 18th Aug 2017
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EN1GMA5 m ago

how do you use kodi on a chromebook? which software version do you …how do you use kodi on a chromebook? which software version do you download?


I think you can run the google app store in beta mode rather than stable or you could dual boot with a linux installation or maybe you could run a webserver kodi installation on another device in your home.
EN1GMA8 m ago

how do you use kodi on a chromebook? which software version do you …how do you use kodi on a chromebook? which software version do you download?

This can access Google play and run Android apps
EN1GMA10 m ago

how do you use kodi on a chromebook? which software version do you …how do you use kodi on a chromebook? which software version do you download?



github.com/dns…ton probably
I have the higher spec version with HD screen. Bought it online as the reviews seemed OK but haven't been too happy with it overall.
The build quality is pretty poor, trackpad doesn't work very well either. A few bits of the case have popped out on mine and had to be clipped back together. The trackpad appears to be glued in and doesn't sit properly flush, also the buttons are integrated into the pad and don't work well at all. You can pretty much push down anywhere on the pad and it will click one of the buttons, rather than just working when clicking at the bottom as they should.
The aluminium case is supposed to make it seem premium but it just makes it seem fragile to me. I think it would break if dropped which with my previous chromebook never happened (haven't yet dropped this one to test it though).
Also I find about once a day when watching an HD video with 2 or 3 other tabs open the whole system will freeze for about 15 seconds before the screen turning off then everything working again.
I upgraded to this from a 2013 HP chromebook. The screen on this is much better as is the battery life, but everything else is worse. The keyboard is worse, as is the trackpad and build quality as mentioned before. Also the processor speed is actually around the same as my old one when benchmarked by myself and in reviews.
I still have the old chromebook and on balance I don't have a preference towards either, so tend to end up using my old one as often as the new one.

At this price it's a good deal, but you may still be able to find another older model that will do a better job for the same price.
Not trying to write off the deal and have voted it hot, just thought I'd give my feedback so people have a better idea about why there may be lots of refurbs available.
Also, the speakers are on the underside of this so only really work if it's sat on a desk. They sound really bad if used on your lap, in bed, etc
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Just noticed they charge a fee for using credit cards - the last company I noticed doing this did it to dissuade people from getting extra cover from their credit card company.

I won't be using this site.
Already have a slow old laptop? Install Cloudready as a Chromebook substitute -- it's amazing. I have it running nicely on a laptop from 2006 with 2GB, albeit with an SSD to speed it up a bit.
Edited by: "Torchwood" 18th Aug 2017
Rathore8 h, 47 m ago

bought the higher spec version from Laptopdirect for £155. Great …bought the higher spec version from Laptopdirect for £155. Great Chromebook, mostly use it for Kodi and its very light much lighter than my Alienware 17 R3.


How well does this run Kodi?
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kjfrazer34 m ago

Just noticed they charge a fee for using credit cards - the last company I …Just noticed they charge a fee for using credit cards - the last company I noticed doing this did it to dissuade people from getting extra cover from their credit card company. I won't be using this site.


They get charged to process funds through credit cards, if they are a low margin box shifter they may have to pass on those costs to the customer. Lots of companies charge extra to process credit card payments. This is under £100 anyway so basic credit card liability wouldn't apply.

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I like my chromebook and haven't used my laptop since I bought it (Lenovo N22 for £100), but no Sky Go and difficulty browsing ebay (very slow) is annoying.
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rumble14 m ago

I like my chromebook and haven't used my laptop since I bought it (Lenovo …I like my chromebook and haven't used my laptop since I bought it (Lenovo N22 for £100), but no Sky Go and difficulty browsing ebay (very slow) is annoying.


Can't you use the android app or is that not compatible? Also maybe install an adblocker to speed up ebay, it's always operating in the background checking for ebay messages and downloading adverts and can be slow, it seems to be more about internet speed than processor speed but if you cut down what it is downloading it speeds up quite a lot. I use the 'adblock' extension.
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