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My netbook is dying - Chromebook replacement?

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BorisIsABitOfAGargoyle Mon 27-Oct-14 23:54:56

Just that really. I use it most for the internet, some Word use but I have. PC I can use. In the last week I've tried Firefox, Chrome and tonight installed IE in a last ditch attempt but they all crash.
I want another netbook, but they're not made anymore. I don't want a tablet or need a laptop so guess my only choice is a Chromebook. Can anyone give me any experiences of using one or any recommendations of a reliable but cheap option, I don't have much to spend. Thanks.

DoctorTwo Tue 28-Oct-14 12:22:13

Try this first: go to and download a nifty little program called CCleaner and allow it to work its magic. It will clean up your hard drive and can add years to knackered computers.

No experience of Chromebooks though, sorry.

BornToFolk Tue 28-Oct-14 12:31:28

I love my Chromebook! It's great for internet browsing, very quick as well as being small and light.

However it does have its limitations. I have another laptop for things like itunes, photo storage/management and for DS to play Minecraft on.

LegArmpits Tue 28-Oct-14 12:34:47

Chromebooks are excellent bits of kit, especially when you consider Google Docs etc (for general office use you can't fault it.)

DH has had one for just over a year. I think it's a Samsung one, it cost around £200 and came with a few extras like free 3G for a year. They've probably moved on in 12 months but I think that's still what you'd pay for an entry level one.

It gets used by all the family. Even DS and DD can use it (8 and 4.) It's light but seems fairly robust. The only thing that lets it down (next to my sparkly Macbook) is the screen resolution but it wouldn't put me off particularly.

(Tis worth using CCCleaner first though.)

TropicalHorse Tue 28-Oct-14 12:34:53

I've got a chromebook too. I agree with BornToFolk that it's great for browsing but pretty limited for "anything else." We have a desktop PC so the chromebook is purely for sofa-time mumsnetting and facebook.

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Tue 28-Oct-14 12:37:20

Chromebooks are fantastic for anything you can do in a browser window. They also range from cheap to ridiculously expensive, depending on preference. Unlike a standard OS they also boot up from cold in literally about 7 secs which is great if you just want to MN check something quickly.

4yoniD Sun 07-Dec-14 18:31:50

Everything that has already been said - I adore my Chromebook but have to dig out my old laptop for getting photos of the camera, iTunes, connecting up random kids toys (since when do teddybears have usb cables?) and for printing*

*Chromebooks will print to e-print printers, but there aren't many cheap e-print printers available yet. These are printers which have an email address (since when do printers have e-mail addresses?!)

Every time I dig out my laptop I groan, loudly, several times. it is microsoft-slow to boot and get going, and weights a tonne. Chromebooks rule (disclaimer: for internet browsing and using Cloud services for documents).

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Sun 07-Dec-14 18:37:50

Loads of printers do cloud printing now - most that do are Google cloud print compatible which you can use with Chromebook ( you don't get any more than basic printing options though)

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