Inexpensive Chromebook or Similar?

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MrWasabi65
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Inexpensive Chromebook or Similar?

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I am interested in purchasing an inexpensive Chromebook or similar - definitely a laptop and not a tablet.

Would be used for email, internet browsing and drafting Word documents. Definitely want/need a laptop.

Please suggest a reliable, low cost laptop. Thanks
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Re: Inexpensive Chromebook or Similar?

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There are lots available on ebay.
I bought a new HP11 G7 for $79.
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You can buy a refurbished one at Walmart.com from $40-60. I would suggest you try one of those. If you like it, then move on to a better one.

I paid $199 for a Samsung Chromebook 2 and it is still doing well after eight years.
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Bought a refurb on eBay, with a touchscreen for our child. It was $100 and came with a 2-year warranty.

Just make sure to look up the expiration date.
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Buy a $80 Chromebook if you want but you get what you pay for. Those are grossly powered. Yes you CAN check email and browse websites on them but it doesn't mean it will be pleasant, and doing anything on an 11" screen is no

Very good options exist for $150 used or $279 new that have modern Core processors and SSDs, not Mediatek CPUs or Celeron N4000s with 16 to 32GB eMMC storage.

This, for example, will behave more like a computer and not a frustrating toy: https://www.bestbuy.com/site/acer-chrom ... lsrc=aw.ds
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I feel like you have to get to the 500-700 range for it to feel like a fast and pleasant experience with a chromebook. But everyone has their personal preferences and it depends what they're used to.

If you're used to a macbook pro, you'll need to be in the $700-$1000 range on a chromebook for the experience to be similar.

Just wanted to level set expectations. I see a lot of people used to a macbook pro, decide they want a cheap affordable chromebook, then are appalled by how slow their $200 chromebook is.
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You mention Word documents. If you mean Microsoft Word, it seems offhand that with a Chromebook you can only edit documents over the web via office.com aka Microsoft 365, a $70/yr. subscription.

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/off ... b1d78561ad
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You can most definitely purchase a decent Chromebook for <$100. I purchased a decent Lenovo (11-inch screen) Chromebook from Best Buy this time last year for $79. My sole purpose for buying this laptop was to use a Financial Chromebook. I only for accessing my financial accounts (Brokerage, 401K, Banking, etc.) with no surfing of internet, no online shopping, no document writing and no email. I use my regular windows laptop for these other internet actions. You may want to rethink your plan of using Word, as Google Doc's does exactly what you want and for free.
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You are going to have a poor experience with a junky $100 one that is probably out of support. Specs still matter. Check support life, too

This $270 Acer at Best Buy looks good. i3 processor, 8gb RAM, big screen. Support through 2032.

https://www.bestbuy.com/site/acer-chrom ... Id=6551627
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A new Chromebook comes with 10 years of security and bug fix updates.

https://support.google.com/chrome/a/answer/6220366

Used and refurbished ones have already burned some support years.
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This year, I purchased a Lenovo Flex 3 chromebook from BestBuy... got it at about 1/2 price (it was "open box"). I love it.
I mostly use it for google doc type apps, but have used some Linux Apps for audio and video editing.

It quickly connects to my phones wifi-hotspot, if I am away from a wifi connection.
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I need a cheap chrome book or a laptop thats capable to print on my old hp lazerjet.
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I bought a refurbed Lenovo Flex 5 a few years ago, I think it was $250 or so; you don't want to go too cheap as, for me, the screen and the keyboard are inadequate.
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Northern Flicker wrote: Fri Dec 08, 2023 1:30 am A new Chromebook comes with 10 years of security and bug fix updates.

https://support.google.com/chrome/a/answer/6220366

Used and refurbished ones have already burned some support years.
A Chromebook will be painful to run in 10-years, only having 3-6 years of upgrades is probably enough.
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Northern Flicker wrote: Fri Dec 08, 2023 1:30 am A new Chromebook comes with 10 years of security and bug fix updates.

https://support.google.com/chrome/a/answer/6220366

Used and refurbished ones have already burned some support years.
You can install Cloud Ready on any computer (Windows, Mac, crhome OS) and maintain secuirty after the Chrome OS updates stop.
https://support.google.com/chromebook/a ... 0247?hl=en
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runner3081 wrote: Fri Dec 08, 2023 11:16 am
Northern Flicker wrote: Fri Dec 08, 2023 1:30 am A new Chromebook comes with 10 years of security and bug fix updates.

https://support.google.com/chrome/a/answer/6220366

Used and refurbished ones have already burned some support years.
A Chromebook will be painful to run in 10-years, only having 3-6 years of upgrades is probably enough.
3 years of support is woefully inadequate. Google increased it from 5 or 6 to 10 years not terribly long ago because people were successfully using them other than hitting the support horizon, which had been the limiting factor.
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Northern Flicker wrote: Fri Dec 08, 2023 1:42 pm
runner3081 wrote: Fri Dec 08, 2023 11:16 am
Northern Flicker wrote: Fri Dec 08, 2023 1:30 am A new Chromebook comes with 10 years of security and bug fix updates.

https://support.google.com/chrome/a/answer/6220366

Used and refurbished ones have already burned some support years.
A Chromebook will be painful to run in 10-years, only having 3-6 years of upgrades is probably enough.
3 years of support is woefully inadequate. Google increased it 5 or 6 to 10 years not terribly long ago because people were successfully using them other than hitting the support horizon, which had been the limiting factor.
3-years for something that costs $100 or so? $33 per year of use. Nonsense.
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TheGreyingDuke wrote: Fri Dec 08, 2023 1:36 pm
Northern Flicker wrote: Fri Dec 08, 2023 1:30 am A new Chromebook comes with 10 years of security and bug fix updates.

https://support.google.com/chrome/a/answer/6220366

Used and refurbished ones have already burned some support years.
You can install Cloud Ready on any computer (Windows, Mac, crhome OS) and maintain secuirty after the Chrome OS updates stop.
https://support.google.com/chromebook/a ... 0247?hl=en
That also looks like an upgrade path for Windows 10 for those who don't want to use Windows 11.
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runner3081 wrote: Fri Dec 08, 2023 1:49 pm
Northern Flicker wrote: Fri Dec 08, 2023 1:42 pm
runner3081 wrote: Fri Dec 08, 2023 11:16 am
Northern Flicker wrote: Fri Dec 08, 2023 1:30 am A new Chromebook comes with 10 years of security and bug fix updates.

https://support.google.com/chrome/a/answer/6220366

Used and refurbished ones have already burned some support years.
A Chromebook will be painful to run in 10-years, only having 3-6 years of upgrades is probably enough.
3 years of support is woefully inadequate. Google increased it 5 or 6 to 10 years not terribly long ago because people were successfully using them other than hitting the support horizon, which had been the limiting factor.
3-years for something that costs $100 or so? $33 per year of use. Nonsense.
Reasonably spec'd units are pricier than that. Replacing every 3 years also is unnecessary extra e-waste.
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Just buy whatever Lenovo Thinkpad T or P series model is undergoing capital replacement at the moment.
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Northern Flicker wrote: Sat Dec 09, 2023 2:57 am
runner3081 wrote: Fri Dec 08, 2023 1:49 pm
Northern Flicker wrote: Fri Dec 08, 2023 1:42 pm
runner3081 wrote: Fri Dec 08, 2023 11:16 am
Northern Flicker wrote: Fri Dec 08, 2023 1:30 am A new Chromebook comes with 10 years of security and bug fix updates.

https://support.google.com/chrome/a/answer/6220366

Used and refurbished ones have already burned some support years.
A Chromebook will be painful to run in 10-years, only having 3-6 years of upgrades is probably enough.
3 years of support is woefully inadequate. Google increased it 5 or 6 to 10 years not terribly long ago because people were successfully using them other than hitting the support horizon, which had been the limiting factor.
3-years for something that costs $100 or so? $33 per year of use. Nonsense.
Reasonably spec'd units are pricier than that. Replacing every 3 years also is unnecessary extra e-waste.
BUT... you are buying used and saving that item from being tossed. You are just running it until the end of its life. It is a wash.
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Northern Flicker wrote: Fri Dec 08, 2023 1:30 am A new Chromebook comes with 10 years of security and bug fix updates.

https://support.google.com/chrome/a/answer/6220366

Used and refurbished ones have already burned some support years.
Often all the support years are gone.
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Samsung chrome book Customer Support is AWFUL.
The one and only time I tried a chromebook other than Acer. Samsung died after 4 months and they are redirecting me all over the place. So what it only cost $179 — shouldn’t it last longer than 4 months? Still trying to resolve.

Went back to Acer. The durability is excellent, in terms of kids dropping it a lot. I’m talking about the little 11 inch ones.

Best Buy just had a 14 inch Acer on sale for $150. Not sure of the specs on that one.
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the_wiki wrote: Sun Dec 10, 2023 12:32 pm
Northern Flicker wrote: Fri Dec 08, 2023 1:30 am A new Chromebook comes with 10 years of security and bug fix updates.

https://support.google.com/chrome/a/answer/6220366

Used and refurbished ones have already burned some support years.
Often all the support years are gone.
Right. The bump up to 10 years was a recent change. Used and refurbished ones on the market today started with a shorter support life, and may not even have 3 years left.
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A quick look at Amazon found this one: https://www.amazon.com/ASUS-Chromebook- ... to_dp&th=1

This one costs more but is available quick: https://www.amazon.com/Lenovo-3i-Chrome ... ast_sto_dp

For word: Microsoft 365: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microso ... hbEALw_wcB
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I'm surfing right now on an 8 year old Acer 11.5 inch chromebook that I bought for travel when I retired. I use it every night for a couple of hours or more and it only needs recharging maybe every 4 days or so. I recently bought a new HP to replace it for travel. Both were under $125. They are lightweight, have a decent screen and keyboard and last a long time between charges. I cannot imagine traveling without one.
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