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    Is a chromebook powerful enough for work?

    As Black Friday approaches, I'm on the lookout for a Chromebook at a good price, but I'm concerned it won't be powerful enough. I rather liked the look of the Acer Chromebook 14, but some of the reviews talk about it not being powerful enough for work.

    I'm looking for a secondary device (I have a desktop which this won't replace) which I can do a bit of browsing on, but also do some work on. In the main this will be Google apps work, mostly slides, but bit of docs and sheets.

    In terms of load, I can imagine I might have an app open with music, a couple of slides windows and maybe a half dozen of various webpages. I genuinely have no idea of whether that would be a heavy load for a chromebook or not...

    Does anyone have any experiences of using chrome for work?

    Ta

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    Banned

    What HD is it?
    32GB?
    I returned an Acer Cloudbook.
    The 32 GB HD just wasn't enough.
    You won't be able to put much on it.
    Good luck.

    I don't fill they have the freedom that windows gives in terms of the number apps. if it is purely internet browsing kind of thing you should be fine. but slides and docs are not as good as Microsoft office they tend to slop when the functionality and file size are demanding.

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    Pluun

    What HD is it?32GB?I returned an Acer Cloudbook.The 32 GB HD just wasn't … What HD is it?32GB?I returned an Acer Cloudbook.The 32 GB HD just wasn't enough.You won't be able to put much on it.Good luck.



    I was looking at the 16GB version, so maybe that's something to keep an eye on...

    I'm teacher and use Google apps for education (pretty much well identical to the Gsuite for businesses). So in terms of space I'm storing most of it in the cloud for my classes anyway. Although I've not been using them long, for my purposes I'm ok with Slides and Docs (although Sheets will be a much harder sell, I'm a bit addicted to Excel).

    I'm finding the google ecosystem is pretty good from within a browser on windows or a mac and thought that it'd be at least as good (if not better/ faster) from within a chromebook.

    Evilmonkey

    I was looking at the 16GB version, so maybe that's something to keep an … I was looking at the 16GB version, so maybe that's something to keep an eye on...I'm teacher and use Google apps for education (pretty much well identical to the Gsuite for businesses). So in terms of space I'm storing most of it in the cloud for my classes anyway. Although I've not been using them long, for my purposes I'm ok with Slides and Docs (although Sheets will be a much harder sell, I'm a bit addicted to Excel).I'm finding the google ecosystem is pretty good from within a browser on windows or a mac and thought that it'd be at least as good (if not better/ faster) from within a chromebook.



    ​If you're doing almost everything in Chrome anyway a Chromebook would be perfect. Chrome needs less resources than Windows so the lower specs go further. At uni I get unlimited storage so I assume you would too? If not you usually get about 200GB free with a chromebook anyway.

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    Evilmonkey

    I was looking at the 16GB version, so maybe that's something to keep an … I was looking at the 16GB version, so maybe that's something to keep an eye on...I'm teacher and use Google apps for education (pretty much well identical to the Gsuite for businesses). So in terms of space I'm storing most of it in the cloud for my classes anyway. Although I've not been using them long, for my purposes I'm ok with Slides and Docs (although Sheets will be a much harder sell, I'm a bit addicted to Excel).I'm finding the google ecosystem is pretty good from within a browser on windows or a mac and thought that it'd be at least as good (if not better/ faster) from within a chromebook.


    Once I'd put Kaspersky and Advanced system care on it, it didn't have enough HD space to update the OS.
    In fact, I've just bought a refurbished ASUS EEE PC 1000H for £66 delivered.
    160GB HD
    1Gig ram ( Can go to two)
    Atom 1.6
    The battery on mine indicates 3+ hours.
    Win 7 Pro.
    I bought this as my previous one clapped out after only 7 years of faultless life. (_;)
    I'm about to put the old one's HD straight into the new one.

    If it's going to be as good as the old one, it will outlast me!



    Edited by: "Pluun" 15th Nov 2016

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    deanlfc

    If you're doing almost everything in Chrome anyway a Chromebook would be … If you're doing almost everything in Chrome anyway a Chromebook would be perfect. Chrome needs less resources than Windows so the lower specs go further. At uni I get unlimited storage so I assume you would too? If not you usually get about 200GB free with a chromebook anyway.



    I hadn't really clocked that, but yes, looking at it, unlimited storage for drive. Are you using a chromebook at uni? I'd imagine the kind of things you might do for most courses would be in some ways similar?

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    Pluun

    Once I'd put Kaspersky and Advanced system care on it, it didn't have … Once I'd put Kaspersky and Advanced system care on it, it didn't have enough HD space to update the OS.



    I thought one of the advantages of Chrome was to avoid all that stuff....

    Evilmonkey

    I thought one of the advantages of Chrome was to avoid all that stuff....



    ​You have no need for anti virus software with a chromebook.

    I wouldn't be too concerned about the CPU but memory is likely to be a bigger concern. If it's one of the 2GB ones then you won't be able to open many tabs simultaneously given Chrome's memory-hungry nature. You'd probably get away with your dozen or so though.

    I used one as my primary computer for the second half of last year and it was fine. Didn't need to do anything apart from web browsing and Docs.

    I do agree with EndlessWaves on the RAM, make sure you have 4GB. Also see if you can get Play Store support as that can add that little bit of extra functionality when you need it.

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    Ok, good to know about the RAM.

    Now all I need to do is find a decent one in the upcoming deals!

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    hottoast

    ​You have no need for anti virus software with a chromebook.


    Mine was a Cloudbook.
    Don't know if there's a difference.
    I took it back anyhow, got a Lenovo G50-80 for it.
    Much happier now.

    I'm after the Acer chromebook 14 with 4gb ram.. I'm checking prices a few times a day. I'm hopeful prices will drop for black Friday. as soon as they do, I will buy one and post a deal here on hotukdeals. the prices have dropped in the last few days for the 2gb ram model, so I'm hopeful!!

    Pluun

    Mine was a Cloudbook.Don't know if there's a difference.I took it back … Mine was a Cloudbook.Don't know if there's a difference.I took it back anyhow, got a Lenovo G50-80 for it.Much happier now.



    ​cloudbooks run Windows. they are not chromebooks!

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    jamhole

    ​cloudbooks run Windows. they are not chromebooks!


    Aye but they still have skinny, useless HDs.

    as you have a desktop you can set up remote desktop and run your windows machine in your Chromebook

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    zairs

    as you have a desktop you can set up remote desktop and run your windows … as you have a desktop you can set up remote desktop and run your windows machine in your Chromebook


    I'd clocked this as an option, I'd not be specifically interested in controlling my PC day in day out, but it would be useful to connect in to work...

    I do it all the time, I find myself having the best of both worlds, it will drain you battery faster
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