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Old 12-03-2019, 03:21 PM
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Do you turn yours on and off several times per day? Why is bootup speed so important. I just leave my Windows computer on 24/7, but do reboot once in a while when i end up with too many window open. Thanks for your opinion. Bill
When we're home - it's powered on in the morning, and off at night. just like me. But I take WAY longer to boot up in the morning than Chromebooks.
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Old 12-04-2019, 08:39 AM
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I'm looking for something small and light to travel with, but since I won't always be connected to the internet I need something with an operating system installed (Windows or Linux-based) so that I can still work on it when off-line.

And since I might end up dropping it, I'm reluctant to spend too much on it :-)
You can work on a spreadsheet, document, watch a video off-line.
When you reconnect to the internet your changes get updated automatically. Battery life is 8-10 hours. I just close the cover when I'm not using it and recharge it about every 2nd or 3rd day.

If you drop your chromebook (or it gets stolen) all you need to do is get a new one and sign in. That's it, everything comes back. BTW, if it is stolen your data is secure since it is encrypted and it will ask to re enter your password when it sees a new network.

While you're on line, everything you enter into the sheet or doc is saved automatically, right up to the last letter.

You can also sign into a Windows or Mac with your Google ID and Password and continue to do what you did on your chromebook.
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Old 12-04-2019, 11:47 AM
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You can work on a spreadsheet, document, watch a video off-line...
Thank you for the useful info, JJ

I should get one and start experimenting, before actually traveling with it
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Now that several airlines are doing away with seatback televisions, how does a Chromebook work for streaming on a plane?
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Can you use Turbo Tax or HR Block Tax software on a chromebook, i don't mean the online version, i mean the full 'deluxe/homeowners" versions. Thanks
As of last tax season HR Block software would not work on my Chromebook. Maybe this coming tax season it will change.
I do my taxes using HR Block on my old Windows laptop.
Seriously folks Chromebooks are soooo much less headaches that Windows.
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Read the excellent specs on this Chromebook. If my 4 year old 15" Acer Chromebook died today, I would order this tomorrow.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...KIKX0DER&psc=1
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As of last tax season HR Block software would not work on my Chromebook. Maybe this coming tax season it will change.
I do my taxes using HR Block on my old Windows laptop.
Seriously folks Chromebooks are soooo much less headaches that Windows.
It won't work on a Chromebook for the 2019 tax year. You need Windows or Mac software. And, if you are using an old Windows laptop that has Windows 7, you may want to reconsider. Windows 7 will no longer be supported in any way after January 14, 2020. So, there won't be any security updates after that date. I am going to buy a new Windows 10 desktop to load my 2019 Turbotax software.
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Old 12-05-2019, 08:49 AM
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What Chromebook is considered one of the most ‘powerful’? I don’t care to spend a fortune if I buy one, but I will pay a bit for one with plenty of memory and a nice, big screen.
Sorry I didn't answer your question before, somehow I missed it.

You can $1,000 on a chromebook, but the real question should be, what do you need a chromebook to do? Some people get a cheap ($150) chromebook just to surf the web, read email, do a some online banking, etc. Others want to load Linux, do photo editing, etc.

I don't care for a touch screen, I prefer a keyboard (old programmer). I have 2 old laptops that I converted to Linux Mint incase I need anything more complex than the chromebook can do. Linux is free and it makes an old PC feel new.
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I don't care for a touch screen, I prefer a keyboard (old programmer).
Funny you should mention that, JJ.

I used an old Asus EEE when traveling for two years and some of the keys stopped responding, so I bought another one on eBay and half the keyboard failed after a few months.

A shame, as it is a nice size and, though not powerful, does what I need. I currently have to pack a wireless keyboard as well, which makes it rather less compact
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Funny you should mention that, JJ.

I used an old Asus EEE when traveling for two years and some of the keys stopped responding, so I bought another one on eBay and half the keyboard failed after a few months.

A shame, as it is a nice size and, though not powerful, does what I need. I currently have to pack a wireless keyboard as well, which makes it rather less compact
Yes, that was the flaw with the ASUS EEE, You could get a 11" chromebook. It would have a battery life of 8 - 10 hours, couldn't get a virus, give you 15GB of online storage (free), allow you to edit docs and sheets offline.
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You could get a 11" chromebook.
I was considering the "Acer Chromebook 11 N7, Celeron N3060, 11.6" HD, 4GB LPDDR3, 32GB eMMC, Google Chrome, C731-C118" but don't know if it would be powerful enough to run Linux?
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Read the excellent specs on this Chromebook.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...KIKX0DER&psc=1
For $100 more you can get a windows laptop with much much better specs .

https://www.walmart.com/ip/HP-14-Lap...39wm/569648772
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For $100 more you can get a windows laptop with much much better specs .

https://www.walmart.com/ip/HP-14-Lap...39wm/569648772
Thanks, CCB, but the Chrome book is under $150 whereas the HP is nearly $400 :-(

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Thanks, CCB, but the Chrome book is under $150 whereas the HP is nearly $400 :-(
And the HP is running Windozes.
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I have Windows 10 laptop, Mac laptop, iPad, and Android tablet. I also have Mac and Windows desktops.

My go-to computer these days are my Samsung Chromebook and Note 9 smartphone. These take care of most things I need to do. The desktop and laptop Mac and Windows PCs are needed for video/photo editing, taxes, and some financial tasks. There are also a few websites that require a real browser and a Mac or Windows computer.

My Samsung Chromebook has a real stylus built in, and can also be used as a tablet.

The model is a Chromebook Plus.
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