SAMSUNG Series 3 WiFi Chromebook £224 delivered using £5 off code @ Currys PLUS £19.27 CASHBACK = effective price of £203.73 (special offer from Top CashBack till 4/12/12) (same deal from PC World if you prefer)
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SAMSUNG Series 3 WiFi Chromebook £224 delivered using £5 off code @ Currys PLUS £19.27 CASHBACK = effective price of £203.73 (special offer from Top CashBack till 4/12/12) (same deal from PC World if you prefer)

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Found 3rd Dec 2012
If you're in the market for the new highly rated Samsung Chromebook but wondered if it'll drop in price before Christmas (answer: unlikely now), then take advantage of Curry's 10.1% cashback (ex-VAT price) offer before end of tomorrow and get £19.27 back, effectively making the cost only £203.73.

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£5 off rrp of £229 using code COMP100

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Good price

would love one of these

I wonder if this can run windows?

Is this any good for students? Coursework and music?

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speacock36

Is this any good for students? Coursework and music?



It'll do both those things well (use Google Play Music and Google Docs but there are other options too). The one thing it won't do is heavy gaming. If you use Chrome browser you can see the apps that are available - these are what the Chromebook runs.

It boots in 7 seconds, has no fan as SSD drive so is silent and has many other things going for it, e.g. 100GB free cloud storage for 2 years.

Want one but need windows netbook to pack up before I can justify £200+!

is this just internet only device or can it do more ?

I have two chromebooks and I can highly recommend them.

nublets2k

I wonder if this can run windows?

It has an ARM processor, so no...unless there's some Windows RT hack I'm not aware of and you really want to use such a immature OS in the first place. You can get "ChrUbuntu" on it, though.
Edited by: "runnybabbit" 3rd Dec 2012

FYI, Curry's cashback is counted on price excluding VAT, so it's (229 / 1.2 ) * 0.101 = £19.27

However there's also a voucher code here for £5 off the overall sales price.
currys.co.uk/gbu…tml

Does flash work on these?

Good price for the kit.

Original Poster

cheesemane

FYI, Curry's cashback is counted on price excluding VAT, so it's (229 / … FYI, Curry's cashback is counted on price excluding VAT, so it's (229 / 1.2 ) * 0.101 = £19.27However there's also a voucher code here for £5 off the overall sales price.http://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/voucher-codes-2181-commercial.html



Thanks, have amended

speacock36

Is this any good for students? Coursework and music?


I can almost guarantee that you'll need to install something (Whether it be some software or an annoying College/Uni proxy type app or file accessing browser plugin).
After using Linux at college it gave me a lot of grief, but unlike me you won't be able to just install Windows
Free from College

Original Poster

Part of the beauty and simplicity of this is the Chromium OS. It will not run Windows without more memory and I have no idea why anyone would think it a good idea to try and put Windows on this anyway as you'll have totally missed the point of the Chromeboook!

Been looking at these. Looks good.

hott, very tempted!

Nice price! Very tempted.

These are nice as a supplementary machine. Could never use one as my main system.
Too many limitations.
Kind of like using a blackberry.

Am tempted as well, but ...... I`m not too sure how one of these would handle some of my work Excel docs as they are pretty complex also I want to see how much work I could do without an internet connection as frequently I am working in areas without even a 3g signal. Also for when I`m in my hotel room after work would this play a film for me and run MAME.

Had a chat with Duncan the Google chap in PCworld Croydon yesterday and I really do like the security aspects.

speacock36

Is this any good for students? Coursework and music?



We have a student in the family who uses a Chromebook. It is designed for using Google Docs so it is great for coursework. The biggest problem we find is it is not possible to load any printer drivers on the machine. So you cannot just plug in a USB or even a WiFi printer and print. You have to print using Googles Cloud printing which means you have to have one of a relatively small number of designated Cloud printers or print via another PC running the Chrome browser.

Also remember that off line it is very limited

So you can't add printer drivers then that is one massive flaw and makes it useless to me.
I could probably use it as a home comp for everything else.

Original Poster

Jonb133

So you can't add printer drivers then that is one massive flaw and makes … So you can't add printer drivers then that is one massive flaw and makes it useless to me.I could probably use it as a home comp for everything else.



You use a cloud print app, it's easy unless you have an old printer.

KingCampo

You use a cloud print app, it's easy unless you have an old printer.



We have a relatively new Samsung lazer printer and find it unreliable. 70% of the time it works faultlessly using cloud print but other times it just refuses to print.

Which printer do you use (because we are thinking of changing the printer)?

"you have to have one of a relatively small number of designated Cloud printers" says FredsVan.
"it's easy unless you have an old printer." says KingCampo.

Can someone tell me which of these is true?

Original Poster

I have a fairly basic wireless printer, 2 years old. HP Photosmart Plus B210
Edited by: "KingCampo" 4th Dec 2012

FredsVan

We have a student in the family who uses a Chromebook. It is designed for … We have a student in the family who uses a Chromebook. It is designed for using Google Docs so it is great for coursework. The biggest problem we find is it is not possible to load any printer drivers on the machine. So you cannot just plug in a USB or even a WiFi printer and print. You have to print using Googles Cloud printing which means you have to have one of a relatively small number of designated Cloud printers or print via another PC running the Chrome browser.Also remember that off line it is very limited


was thinking of getting one for my 17 year olds to use for college but not so sure now

You can install Ubuntu on acer chromebook, not on Samsung I believe.

The Acer doesn't have a trendy brand name like Samsung though and also the battery doesn't last as long too

But the Acer has advantages because it uses an x86 processor, which means you can install Ubuntu and run it as an awesome semi-netbook

grandwazoo

"you have to have one of a relatively small number of designated Cloud … "you have to have one of a relatively small number of designated Cloud printers" says FredsVan."it's easy unless you have an old printer." says KingCampo.Can someone tell me which of these is true?



Both statement are true. However,an "old printer" does not have to be very old.

To print the Chromebook has to be on the internet, you cannot print directly to any printer (as far as I am aware) even Cloud Print ready printers. This is because you cannot load any printer drivers directly on to the Chromebook.

The Google Chrome site says these are the Cloud Print ready printers

Cloud Printers

So no Dell, Samsung, Brother or Lexmark printers and no older printers. However, if you buy a Cloud Print ready printer, I guess it is easy to print, but I don't have any direct experience of this type of printer.

For most of us who already have a printer the only other option is to print via a seperate computer that is linked to the internet and a printer. Google call ordinary printers "Classic Printers". Here is how you use a Classic Printer

Classic Printer

As you will see you have the second computer on, atttached to the interent and have the Chrome browser running (it can run in the background) and finally added the printer to the Cloud Print option.

Using Vista I find that Chrome keeps crashing, if you Google Chrome, closing or chrashing you will see lots of info on the topic. However, when you are using the Chromebook, you don't know that Chrome on the second computer has stopped working until you go to the printer.

So my personal experince, is printing is unreliable but others may well have a better experience and can print reliably

Thanks for that, most informative.

FredsVan

Both statement are true. However,an "old printer" does not have to be … Both statement are true. However,an "old printer" does not have to be very old.To print the Chromebook has to be on the internet, you cannot print directly to any printer (as far as I am aware) even Cloud Print ready printers. This is because you cannot load any printer drivers directly on to the Chromebook.The Google Chrome site says these are the Cloud Print ready printersCloud PrintersSo no Dell, Samsung, Brother or Lexmark printers and no older printers. However, if you buy a Cloud Print ready printer, I guess it is easy to print, but I don't have any direct experience of this type of printer.For most of us who already have a printer the only other option is to print via a seperate computer that is linked to the internet and a printer. Google call ordinary printers "Classic Printers". Here is how you use a Classic PrinterClassic PrinterAs you will see you have the second computer on, atttached to the interent and have the Chrome browser running (it can run in the background) and finally added the printer to the Cloud Print option.Using Vista I find that Chrome keeps crashing, if you Google Chrome, closing or chrashing you will see lots of info on the topic. However, when you are using the Chromebook, you don't know that Chrome on the second computer has stopped working until you go to the printer.So my personal experince, is printing is unreliable but others may well have a better experience and can print reliably

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