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Old 12-06-2018, 09:23 AM
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The all-in-ones are really nice and save a lot of space. They're especially nice with a touch screen which take a little time to get used to but are a real nice alternative to using a mouse. The biggest issue (for me) is the all-in-1s are built of laptop components which are difficult to find replacements for if any go bad on you. (Standard desktops are *usually* built from interchangeable parts which are easily swapped out).
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Old 12-06-2018, 09:45 AM
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Also, can you use a separate keyboard with Chromebook?
Mrs. Carla, I'm 99% sure you can use a separate keyboard on a Chromebook. tomwed has done a lot of investigation for us rookies and I ended up buying a $20 keyboard for my Ipad. Who would have ever thunk it? It works perfectly. Just charge it and it hooked up automatically, just great.

Chromebook is fantastic and we miss ours as it was appropriated by another sometime during our move. Easy come easy go. I'm not certain about a monitor but if your Chromebook has the proper receptacle on the side I see no reason why a Monitor couldn't be used. Good Luck.
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Old 12-06-2018, 10:15 AM
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Your friend may wish to take a look at iPads. They start at about $300 new and there are 4 different screen sizes available. I would avoid anything used that is more than 2 years old. If he truly wants an all-in-one, an iMac is another option but he won’t get one for $400 since they start at about $1000. However, you do get what you pay for.
You can't go wrong with the basic entry level 9.7 inch ipad for $329. With a good case and taxes will be about $400. I have an 8 year old version that I use multiple times a day and have never had an issue. Apple operating system very stable.
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Old 12-06-2018, 02:47 PM
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BestBuy has a sale on now for the 32 GB 9.7" iPad for $269. That is a good deal.

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You can't go wrong with the basic entry level 9.7 inch ipad for $329. With a good case and taxes will be about $400. I have an 8 year old version that I use multiple times a day and have never had an issue. Apple operating system very stable.
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Old 12-06-2018, 07:00 PM
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BestBuy has a sale on now for the 32 GB 9.7" iPad for $269. That is a good deal.
Thanks for pointing out the sale, I just went online to Best Buy and purchased one, $330 total includes 32 GB 9.7" ipad, wifi only, a nice cover, and taxes. Free shipping included, should show up at house Saturday (2 days). The newer version has many improvements over my old ipad, which I paid twice as much for. The battery in my very old ipad is getting tired and does not hold a charge like it used. The old one will become my traveling ipad, which I will not worry about if it gets banged up.
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Old 12-06-2018, 10:36 PM
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Mrs. Carla, I'm 99% sure you can use a separate keyboard on a Chromebook. tomwed has done a lot of investigation for us rookies and I ended up buying a $20 keyboard for my Ipad. Who would have ever thunk it? It works perfectly. Just charge it and it hooked up automatically, just great.

Chromebook is fantastic and we miss ours as it was appropriated by another sometime during our move. Easy come easy go. I'm not certain about a monitor but if your Chromebook has the proper receptacle on the side I see no reason why a Monitor couldn't be used. Good Luck.
Dear Mr. Nucky,

Thanks for your reply. I've had a Dell All-in-One since January, 2014 and use Windows 10. I love my AIO and like Windows 10, as well. I'm inquiring on behalf of my DH. (1) He refuses to give up his HP 27" monitor (2) He also uses a keyboard. (3) He also refuses to advance from Windows 7 to Windows 10 and says if and when he can't use Windows 7 anymore he'll get a Mac. (Like that will be easier to use?)

I'm wondering about a less drastic move, since he doesn't do real computing, just email, surfing, and playing solitaire. I think a Chromebook might be the solution, IF he can use his 27" monitor and a keyboard.

Would that arrangement work?

Carla B.
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Old 12-09-2018, 07:34 PM
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All in ones are a problem when a part like the dvd player goes down or the screen goes out. With a desktop, you can replace these easily with generic parts, on an all in one, they are integrated and cost more to fix.
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Old 12-09-2018, 07:45 PM
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Dear Mr. Nucky,

Thanks for your reply. I've had a Dell All-in-One since January, 2014 and use Windows 10. I love my AIO and like Windows 10, as well. I'm inquiring on behalf of my DH. (1) He refuses to give up his HP 27" monitor (2) He also uses a keyboard. (3) He also refuses to advance from Windows 7 to Windows 10 and says if and when he can't use Windows 7 anymore he'll get a Mac. (Like that will be easier to use?)

I'm wondering about a less drastic move, since he doesn't do real computing, just email, surfing, and playing solitaire. I think a Chromebook might be the solution, IF he can use his 27" monitor and a keyboard.

Would that arrangement work?

Carla B.
I think you will be fine with the Chromebook as long as it has a spot for an HDMI cable. This is the much less expensive way out. One thing we found to be true on our last Dell all in one that's still alive is that we prefer Apple way more than anything with Windows 10. Yuck. Good Luck.

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Old 12-09-2018, 08:01 PM
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Dear Mr. Nucky,

Thanks for your reply. I've had a Dell All-in-One since January, 2014 and use Windows 10. I love my AIO and like Windows 10, as well. I'm inquiring on behalf of my DH. (1) He refuses to give up his HP 27" monitor (2) He also uses a keyboard. (3) He also refuses to advance from Windows 7 to Windows 10 and says if and when he can't use Windows 7 anymore he'll get a Mac. (Like that will be easier to use?)

I'm wondering about a less drastic move, since he doesn't do real computing, just email, surfing, and playing solitaire. I think a Chromebook might be the solution, IF he can use his 27" monitor and a keyboard.

Would that arrangement work?

Carla B.
In my opinion, you would be better off to not buy a Chromebook laptop to use with an external monitor and keyboard. You can buy a Windows 7 desktop tower and get a lot more computing power, speed, internal storage, a dvd drive, and usb inputs for less money. Chromebooks are designed to be used as stand alone laptops, not as a desktop replacement. There are plenty of Windows 7 desktop towers to choose from at Amazon, Staples, Walmart, and Best Buy. And, they tend to be very inexpensive because Windows 7 is basically obsolete.

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Old 12-09-2018, 08:19 PM
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There is what makes our country great. Contrasting opinions. I, however, would not sink a dollar into a basically obsolete piece of equipment. Chromebook is current and supported and I like it. You also have no worries about Viruses sorta like Apple. I'm a Rookie learn as I Earn Computer guy, maybe the others are correct.
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