UPDATED  - HP Chromebook 11.6" 2GB, 16GB, White - £199 at Tesco
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UPDATED - HP Chromebook 11.6" 2GB, 16GB, White - £199 at Tesco

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Found 6th Apr 2014
UPDATE 22/04 - Currently cheaper via HP directly with a voucher code (£169) - hotukdeals.com/tag/dea…168

This Chromebook looks pretty nice. It charges off a USB micro adapter, so quite nice if you only have to carry one charger for your phone and this (potentially). I was disappointed to see no SD card slot onboard, but I guess you could always use one via a USB adapter if not needed permanently.

Amazon Link - amazon.co.uk/HP-…D0/

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Original Poster

Earlier in the week when you could stack the £10 and £10 voucher codes the two deals below got pretty hot (now both expired):

* Samsung 3g Chromebook for £199 after voucher codes - hotukdeals.com/dea…060

* Acer C720 Chromebook for £169 after voucher codes - hotukdeals.com/dea…602

I decided to go for the Acer in the end and am really pleased with it. This HP is definitely worth comparing.

Im hoping the toshiba chromebook drops back down in price, i missed the £199 deal on amazon last week

morgie

Earlier in the week when you could stack the £10 and £10 voucher codes t … Earlier in the week when you could stack the £10 and £10 voucher codes the two deals below got pretty hot (now both expired):* Samsung 3g Chromebook for £199 after voucher codes - http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/samsung-xe303-chromebook-e5250-2gb-16gb-11-6-3g-199-tesco-with-2-x-voucher-codes-1867060* Acer C720 Chromebook for £169 after voucher codes - http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/acer-c720-11-6-inch-chromebook-169-tesco-with-2-vouchers-1867602I decided to go for the Acer in the end and am really pleased with it. This HP is definitely worth comparing.



Got the Acer too on same deal well pleased with it puts my old windows netbook (which has more ram) to shame!

Good deal, Tempted but want a larger screen to replace desktop.

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higgzy24

Im hoping the toshiba chromebook drops back down in price, i missed the … Im hoping the toshiba chromebook drops back down in price, i missed the £199 deal on amazon last week



Not sure that it would for a while, that was an Amazon Lightning Deal, who knows though. I guess although similar if you're in the market for an 11.6" form factor/weight, you may not naturally compare to that model.

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ClotBot

Good deal, Tempted but want a larger screen to replace desktop.



Would you consider a Chromebook connected to an external monitor? Use a wireless keyboard and mouse too perhaps? However, related to this model....

Another slight annoyance for me personally of this model is the lack of HDMI out. Missing SD card slot and HDMI out are hallmarks of partnering closely with Google I guess (much like the Nexus devices). Not sure if you can use some sort of slim-port adapter or if Chromecast is an option here.

but can it run crysis?

If these things had more onboard memory, 3/4G conectivuity and a decent media player, they would be great toys . As they are, a tablet beats them hands down.

I bought one of these last week, really love it. I thought it had the best screen out of all the other chromebooks in PC world.

I have owned a 24" imac, ibook, and a pc and I wouldn't go back to any of them.

I haven't missed the CD drive, sd slot or anything.

What i will add is that there is supposed to be a slimport adapter that can mirror to TV it's about £25 on amazon... however, there have been reports of it not working on all tv's. Also in terms of SD slot, you could just use a little SD card reader?

* i was a bit concerned about the processing power but i've used multiple tabs and streamed youtube and netflix at full screen hd with no issues. The screen is really great and bright with a seemingly 180 degree viewing angle too. I'd highly recommend one!

Edited by: "jonnybonbon" 6th Apr 2014

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Baldieman64

If these things had more onboard memory, 3/4G conectivuity and a decent … If these things had more onboard memory, 3/4G conectivuity and a decent media player, they would be great toys . As they are, a tablet beats them hands down.



They don't really need more memory for what they're doing. My Acer with multiple tabs running seems to make good use of 2GB RAM. With regards to media, it's playing the same files I'd use on my higher spec'd tablet, mainly in AVI and MKV containers, encoded as MPEG x264. I don't really see this as a device to directly compare to a tablet.
Edited by: "morgie" 6th Apr 2014

Yeah I can see the whole 'do the same on a tablet' argument but I guess if you're like me and prefer a keyboard then you should definitely consider one of these, I'm a web developer so i can just about get away with using it technically and the keyboard was a must because of this.

Anyway, can't really fault it - however the only thing is the webcam is quite poor...like 'really? it's 2014 and you can't put a HD cam on this?' kinda poor.

We have tablets in my house. We also have three various Chromebooks (wife, daughter and daughter) and a Dell Windows 8 Ultrabook (me).

Tablets get virtually zero use.

The main reason for this is that the CB's and the Ultrabook have great tactile and precise keyboards - an awful lot of what we all like to do is centred around the keyboard and a decent physical keyboard beats a virtual on-screen keyboard hands down, every time. Plus, they all boot up really really quickly and have superb battery life.

I am no great fan of Google - but they have a real winner with the Chromebooks - if they could reduce the costs slightly or improve quality and keep the same price point, they would have an even greater success. Or, for all they are critical of the Chrome OS, if Microsoft did a similar "Windows Lite" laptop, they could well have a hit.

Since having my chromebook (hp 14") I haven't touched my laptop again, these are great machines! So light, so fast.

morgie

They don't really need more memory for what they're doing. My Acer with … They don't really need more memory for what they're doing. My Acer with multiple tabs running seems to make good use of 2GB RAM. With regards to media, it's playing the same files I'd use on my higher spec'd tablet, mainly in AVI and MKV containers, encoded as MPEG x264 mainly. I don't really see this as a device to directly compare to a tablet.



Regarding media, I was specifically refering to the lack of WMA playback.
Small memory size and lack of expandable memory rules the Chromebook out as an entertainment whilst travelling - cloud storage is useless in places like India where there either isn't any wifi or it's to slow to stream.
So basically, these devises are internet surfing tools for places with wifi - competing directly with tablets. The difference is that tablets are lighter and more compact as well as packing features such as GPS and the ability to play movies from SD cards.

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Baldieman64

Regarding media, I was specifically refering to the lack of WMA playback. … Regarding media, I was specifically refering to the lack of WMA playback. Small memory size and lack of expandable memory rules the Chromebook out as an entertainment whilst travelling - cloud storage is useless in places like India where there either isn't any wifi or it's to slow to stream.So basically, these devises are internet surfing tools for places with wifi - competing directly with tablets. The difference is that tablets are lighter and more compact as well as packing features such as GPS and the ability to play movies from SD cards.



I've just purchased a 64GB SD card for my Acer - intend to stick movies on this. See my comment earlier about this machine.

The offline apps aren't looking too bad either at the moment, using Gmail offline a bit.

I still don't personally think they're competing directly with tablets. Tablets for me are mainly about consuming information, on a Chromebook with a physical keyboard and full site pages it's more a productivity tool.
Edited by: "morgie" 6th Apr 2014

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scrumpypaul

...if Microsoft did a similar "Windows Lite" laptop, they could well have … ...if Microsoft did a similar "Windows Lite" laptop, they could well have a hit.



Watch out for 'Bing Books' - omgchrome.com/mic…ks/

Do chromebooks have micro sd card slots to increase storage?

universe1992

Do chromebooks have micro sd card slots to increase storage?



I can't speak for all of them, but this one doesn't. I use my Chromebook when going abroad and have got one of these to put my stuff on.

universe1992

Do chromebooks have micro sd card slots to increase storage?


Some do, my Samsung has one. But all have USB 3.0 ...
My Samsung has an SD, USB 2.0, USB 3.0 and an HDMI.


I really don't get it sometimes, when someone comes up with an alternative OS (QNIX or WinRT, say) the cry goes up "but there's a shortage of apps" and the answer that a browser is good enough for most use cases is shot down. But google bring out a hobbled laptop with only a browser and there's oohs and aahs and it's a unique and insightful idea.

I've tried a couple of these and (personally) couldn't get on with them - less functionality than a tablet but in a form factor that should offer more.

That's a personal view, and others who actually own them (rather than my attempt at getting to grips) seem to like them, see above posters. But I'd strongly advise testing them for your own particular needs before shelling out any cash.

tapi

I really don't get it sometimes, when someone comes up with an … I really don't get it sometimes, when someone comes up with an alternative OS (QNIX or WinRT, say) the cry goes up "but there's a shortage of apps" and the answer that a browser is good enough for most use cases is shot down. But google bring out a hobbled laptop with only a browser and there's oohs and aahs and it's a unique and insightful idea.I've tried a couple of these and (personally) couldn't get on with them - less functionality than a tablet but in a form factor that should offer more.That's a personal view, and others who actually own them (rather than my attempt at getting to grips) seem to like them, see above posters. But I'd strongly advise testing them for your own particular needs before shelling out any cash.


Agreed. We had A grade of these and I played around with them. Its beautiful little machine nice box & design but let down with functionality a bit.

I can't see the media issue... what is the huge inconvenience of needing to put film on USB stick instead of being forced to buy a tablet which has micro SD slot and putting movies on one of those?

morgie

Watch out for 'Bing Books' - … Watch out for 'Bing Books' - http://www.omgchrome.com/microsoft-create-bingbook-rival-chromebooks/



Bing would probably be the worst naming decision ever.
Why not call it a Zune book, Sure that'd do even better.

Original Poster

UPDATE (07/04) - Note - modified the OP to show as Amazon only as Tesco voucher has expired. Amazon price also down by ~£4 to £196.07.

So another question, if my USB stick has my mp3s on it will the chromebook play them? I'm not keen on the Google play music player so are there any different apps I could download ? I like easy folder players like at the play store. Thanks.

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universe1992

So another question, if my USB stick has my mp3s on it will the … So another question, if my USB stick has my mp3s on it will the chromebook play them? I'm not keen on the Google play music player so are there any different apps I could download ? I like easy folder players like at the play store. Thanks.



Yes, I'm on my Chormebook now and just downloaded a free MP3 to test. It's playing straight away in a native app - very basic, but does the job.

morgie

Yes, I'm on my Chormebook now and just downloaded a free MP3 to test. … Yes, I'm on my Chormebook now and just downloaded a free MP3 to test. It's playing straight away in a native app - very basic, but does the job.


Thanks ive noticed some are not touchscreen does that matter? and do they come with Bluetooth ?

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universe1992

Thanks ive noticed some are not touchscreen does that matter? and do they … Thanks ive noticed some are not touchscreen does that matter? and do they come with Bluetooth ?



Some have touchscreens like the Acer C720p. Does it matter? No. It's up to you. Similar with Bluetooth, check individual specs.

Original Poster

Back up to £217 at Amazon, so marking as expired.

I bought this from Tesco last week. As I use Google Drive a lot and stream all my music and videos with Spotify and Netflix I thought I'd see if I could survive with the Chrome OS.

The battery holds well for about 6 hours so far, and it's great to have a laptop without a fan blasting away all the time. I don't play games on it (got the Xbox for that) so I'm not missing Windows much.

Obviously it's not for everyone, but so far I'm quite chuffed with it. Early days still though.

morgie

Back up to £217 at Amazon, so marking as expired.


Down to £189 so I suggest reactivate

Original Poster

I have updated this post, but it's £199?

Now available at the HP store for £169 - hotukdeals.com/dea…168

I got a chromebook but just couldnt get into it , i tried for a week but ended up taking it back and getting a laptop pc which is what i was used to .
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