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    Is a Chromebook worth anything?

    I was about to go out and buy myself a Chromebook earlier today. Then I stopped to assess the situation.

    A Chromebook usually boasts 2GB of RAM and a rather low end processor. (As well as the small screen that is featured on most Chromebook models.) It's main functionality is for web based applications, surfing, and streaming. Why would someone buy a Chromebook for $150-$300 instead of buying a used laptop off Amazon/Ebay for $100 with more RAM, a better processor and a larger screen? You could only install Chrome and do the same things with more power, no?

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    I ask the same question about Macs
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    Hey!
    I was considering a Mac a while ago... and then i looked at the price, i'll just be building another windows machine for my next PC :P
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    The benefit of the chromebook is that it runs Chrome OS, so it won't be running extra windows services in the background and chewing up system resources, and Chrome OS is made specifically to run on a Chromebook... so it might be less powerful, but it will be able to use all of it's power.

    If you were going to buy a used laptop for web based apps, i'd install Ubuntu on it, it's free and it will run a lot better than windows (most of the time)
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    Quote Originally Posted by hudwol View Post
    I was about to go out and buy myself a Chromebook earlier today. Then I stopped to assess the situation.

    A Chromebook usually boasts 2GB of RAM and a rather low end processor. (As well as the small screen that is featured on most Chromebook models.) It's main functionality is for web based applications, surfing, and streaming. Why would someone buy a Chromebook for $150-$300 instead of buying a used laptop off Amazon/Ebay for $100 with more RAM, a better processor and a larger screen? You could only install Chrome and do the same things with more power, no?
    Rule #1 of value...it's relative to the evaluator and the circumstances of the evaluation. Personally, a Chromebook holds no value to me and I prefer my Windows 10 laptop, so I wouldn't get one. Then again, I primarily develop using Windows technologies and I don't use my laptop THAT much.
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