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ThermoPhysical
Dec 26, 2007





Returned my Chromebook Pro after the screen decided it wanted to go all fucky.

Anyone know how good Acer Chromebooks are? I'm thinking about the Spin 15.

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ThermoPhysical
Dec 26, 2007





Atomizer posted:

That was probably just a single bad device; the display in the Pro is one of the better ones, and it's if I'm not mistaken the one in the Pixelbook. You should've just exchanged it.

Acer's fine in general, and I recommend several of their CBs. The newest Spin devices look promising but I haven't used them or seen reviews myself.

I've noticed there's a ton of people saying that the Pro has issues with the display's touchscreen going wonky from a week to about 6 months after usage. When it's RMA'd to Samsung, they replace the display and then it can sometimes crop up again.

The issues range from phantom touches to it just not responding to anything but the pen anymore.

Mine had problems with the touch and tapping where I didn't mean to tap.

ThermoPhysical
Dec 26, 2007





kitten smoothie posted:

The i5 256GB Pixelbook is reportedly on sale at Best Buy for $719. You have to go into a store and ask someone to order it shipped to you, in order to get that price; it still shows up full price online. Some people on the pixelbook subreddit have also been able to get it to stack with the 10% off student discount coupon.

There are four Best Buys in my area and I will see which one is doing this. They're kinda weird.

Thank you!

Also, this explains why Geek Squad kept saying "You know...we could just order you a Pixelbook" when they were hunting in storage for the Chromebook Pro. Though they failed mention it wasn't still $1000+ or I would've just bought one of those.

ThermoPhysical
Dec 26, 2007





kitten smoothie posted:

The i5 256GB Pixelbook is reportedly on sale at Best Buy for $719. You have to go into a store and ask someone to order it shipped to you, in order to get that price; it still shows up full price online. Some people on the pixelbook subreddit have also been able to get it to stack with the 10% off student discount coupon.

This worked! Coming to my place in the 12th (day after my birthday!) for $693. It let me stack my student discount and it was only $130 more than the Chromebook Pro was.

Thanks a lot.

ThermoPhysical
Dec 26, 2007





Bizarro Kanyon posted:

Hello to the Chromebook thread! I apologize if this is not thread specific enough.

I am a teacher at a small, generally poor school in southern Illinois. We recently got a grant and upgraded some of our chromebooks from this flimsy Samsung model:

https://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Chromebook-Wi-Fi-11-6-Inch-Model/dp/B009LL9VDG

To this sturdier HP model:

https://www.amazon.com/HP-Chromeboo...hromebook&psc=1

I am essentially the tech guy for our school (I have two of our older chromebooks that I need to replace the screens) and my principal asked me for suggestions for a decent priced charging cart for our chromebooks. We currently have this set up. We purchased this cart for $150 a year ago but now it is $389.

https://www.amazon.com/Luxor-Furnit...2Z8HGK99M9YK0W3

Does anyone know any good places to purchase decently priced carts or does anyone have a good option for a decently priced cart?

Thanks for any information.

Oh hey, I remember you from Reddit.

Have you tried Newegg?

ThermoPhysical
Dec 26, 2007





Bizarro Kanyon posted:

I have checked Newegg and theirs was more expensive.

I have never posted on reddit but it does make me feel better knowing that other people go through similar crap.

Atomizer posted:

I assumed he saw someone posting from the same username.

It was actually the same story...weird.

..Though it also might be just on SA and I'm misremembering.

Either way! I checked online cause no one I know knows anything about charge carts but..

https://www.techedu.com/Charging-Carts-and-Sync-Stations/chromebook-charging-carts/

https://www.schoolsin.com/laptop_computer_storage.html (there's some decently priced ones here)

I hope these help!

ThermoPhysical
Dec 26, 2007





Vivian Darkbloom posted:

Pixelbook is $700 for Black Friday, thinking of getting one to replace my Windows 2-in-1. Is there any big drawback i should be aware of, other than the obvious lack of Windows apps? It seems like a pretty good all-around laptop at that price.

I got mine back in July, now I use it pretty much every single day.

I use it for art (bought the Pixelbook pen for $2 on Prime Day (which was also my birthday!) when it went on sale and I had a huge amount of Amazon credit.

I use it for gaming most Android games....a lot of them are clearly phone-based but sometimes, even those work fine.

The only issues I've had was it once didn't want to wake up from sleep, but a lot of the weird issues I have cropped up after the new ChromeOS 70 update. Also, I had an issue where the bottom half of the screen only worked with touch, NOT the pen. A reboot fixed it. Again, after ChromeOS 70. I think that update has been an issue for a few people on Reddit too.

Battery life is awesome on it. I turned off wifi when it's sleeping and it lasts a LONG loving time. I mean like...2-3 days. Well, 2 days for me since I use it all the time.

You can also use Linux apps but don't expect to game or anything with it because you have no audio or real GPU stuff from it. I mean I guess you can use like GIMP or something but...eh.

It's just a drat good laptop and I'm definitely Chrome OS for all my laptop needs. It's replaced the $1,000 Windows laptop I used to use for class and random poo poo.

At $700, it's worth picking up! Also, the keyboard is the best goddamn keyboard I have ever used. It just feels really, really good to type on and I wish I could use it on my Windows desktop.

ThermoPhysical fucked around with this message at 17:29 on Nov 21, 2018

ThermoPhysical
Dec 26, 2007





The i5 Pixelbook is quite nice

ThermoPhysical
Dec 26, 2007





Atomizer posted:

I haven't heard that Android apps are now able to access external storage, but that was at least in the works.

This is a part of the new Chrome OS 72 update. It's pretty nice. It means you don't need to install say the Google Drive app just to get other apps to see your Drive data.

ThermoPhysical
Dec 26, 2007





Current rumor states that Google is apparently downsizing the part of their hardware division that handled the Pixelbook and Pixel Slate.

https://www.androidpolice.com/2019/...o-other-groups/

It's Business Insider so who knows, but if it's true it doesn't seem to bode well for the Pixelbook/Slate. The response to both was pretty lukewarm (and in the case of the Slate, it's been pretty negative) but the Pixelbook's gotten better reviews with time.

Both prices were apparently far too high for what people expected out of Chrome OS.

ThermoPhysical
Dec 26, 2007





(copypasta from Tablet thread and Android Thread)

https://www.androidpolice.com/2019/06/20/report-google-gives-up-on-making-its-own-tablets/

No more tablets from Google. They've also cancelled two unreleased devices.

They will focus on laptops (and phones) in the future.

ThermoPhysical
Dec 26, 2007





Atomizer posted:

That makes sense. I've always thought ChromeOS tablets made less sense, because CBs are typically for things that require use of a keyboard (e-mail, browsing, forum shitpoasting, etc.) Conversely Android makes more sense on a tablet than in a laptop form-factor, because you're probably using a tablet more for media consumption and less for productivity.

I agree with this. They'll probably keep making convertible laptops though like the Pixelbook as it's also been confirmed that they will still support Android on tablets and Chrome OS on tablets.

ThermoPhysical
Dec 26, 2007





bull3964 posted:

There's nothing about it (except one thing) that can't be bought for less elsewhere and it lost its distinct design and feature advantage.

About the only compelling reason to get it is that it has the pixelbook keyboard and therefore has the best keyboard ever created for a mobile device.

Which you can get on the original Pixelbook and still be current OS wise until at least 2024.

The Go is a serious step back just because people hated the Slate. Google basically took their tablet ball and went home when most people just wanted an original Pixelbook with better specs and maybe a nicer pen.

ThermoPhysical fucked around with this message at 22:04 on Oct 17, 2019

ThermoPhysical
Dec 26, 2007





Vivian Darkbloom posted:

I have a base model Pixelbook and I have been doing some online tutoring using video chat with screen sharing. I like to use Squid as a whiteboard with the pen (should have bought a not-Google Pen, this thing is poo poo) which does an ok job. It's far better than online whiteboards, not least because it properly detects writing pressure. But it crashes after 15-20 minutes of screen sharing in Zoom or Google Hangouts.

The developers said it was a Chrome OS issue and I should file a bug with them. I might try that but are there any good alternatives in the meantime? And would I benefit from getting a better pen?

Do you have a Zoom issue where the drat app takes over anything you have on the screen when on the Pixelbook? I had to stop using it yesterday and uninstalled it since it decided it had priority over my apps whenever someone so much as breathed and their mic took focus.

This doesn't happen on Windows.

ThermoPhysical
Dec 26, 2007





https://www.androidpolice.com/2020/09/12/google-is-separating-chrome-from-chrome-os-its-a-big-deal-heres-what-you-need-to-know/

Google will be separating Chrome from Chrome OS. This should hopefully lengthen the lifespan of the devices.

ThermoPhysical
Dec 26, 2007





https://www.engadget.com/google-pixelbook-out-of-stock-190724187.html

The original Pixelbook is out of stock on the US and UK Google Store.

This might be permanent as Google confirmed this to Engadget and is directing people to the Pixelbook Go now.

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ThermoPhysical
Dec 26, 2007





Fitzy Fitz posted:

If it's anything like youtube on an android phone, it's because youtube doesn't want you to turn the screen off. It's really annoying that the app won't let you play audio with the screen off.

You can do this with YouTube Premium.

The reason why they don't is because record labels are scared it'll be done to steal music or whatever.

That's the reason that popped up when the function was disabled on my iPod touch long ago at least.

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