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shadow_772 04-19-2013 06:48 PM

Netbooks/Notebooks VS Chromebooks etc.
My mother is looking into picking up another lightweight computer. All she really needs to do is internet browse and save photos on it. I am not too spectacular with computers myself and barely know what a chromebook can do. Any help? Thanks.

usagi_tetsu 04-19-2013 10:13 PM

If everything your mom does is online, chromebooks = awesome. Bonus points if she already has a GMail/Google account and can start using all of their products immediately, as the chromebooks run Google products better, though they can run pretty much everything else online. If she has any specific software that is offline only, than she needs a notebook or a netbook (though I'd still look for an online alternative). The big difference between those two is horsepower and size - netbooks are tiny and as cost effective as chromebooks, but can be pretty week; notebooks can be any size, and can be as powerful as you can afford.

shadow_772 04-20-2013 06:26 PM

Can she save pictures on a chromebook offline somewhere?

Kermit 04-20-2013 06:56 PM

Download Google Chrome and use it. If you don't like it, don't get a chromebook. That's all it can do.

That said, it's brilliant for what it is. My aunt has one and she loves it.

shadow_772 04-20-2013 08:45 PM

So you have to save everything in a browser.

usagi_tetsu 04-20-2013 08:59 PM


Originally Posted by shadow_772 (Post 2689599)
So you have to save everything in a browser.

Basically, it's all online - {futuristic voice}IN THE CLLLOOOUUUDDDD!!!{/voice}. So like for pictures - you use Flickr or Picasa or Microsoft's SkyDrive or Google Drive or one of the other cloud based storage solutions instead of saving it on a harddrive. Instead of having Microsoft's Office installed, you use Google Drive (used to be Google Docs) or Office 365, as they have spreadsheets, slide presentation, and word processing, all online. The benefit to all of this is that you have very little software cost, and the hardware for Chromebooks is inexpensive (not the Pixel, it's like the Ferrari of Chromebooks). If my elderly mother's computer dies, I'm replacing it with a Chromebook.

shadow_772 04-20-2013 09:24 PM

Oh, I figured... Sigh. Well I suppose all she needs is a netbook. Thank you :]

gainman 04-29-2013 07:23 PM

I do believe you can save to a use drive or external hard drive

shadow_772 04-29-2013 07:29 PM

Well she picked up a lower end ASUS and seems happy. Messed with windows 8. Doesn't seem as horrible as I thought. The whole tile thing is useless to me, but hey..

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