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Daughter Robyn wants a Google Chromebook for Christmas...

I am very happy to get her one but I know nothing of these devices and would be pleased to receive any advice/recommendations/good suppliers and so on..

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Dads very happy with his, I'll ask what model and his opinions later on.

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Why not let her specify exactly the model? That way there is no wondering if you got it right.

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addo wrote:Why not let her specify exactly the model? That way there is no wondering if you got it right.
Because she knows not exactly which one she'd like and like me is keen for some recommendations...

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elma wrote:Dads very happy with his, I'll ask what model and his opinions later on.
Thanks James, that'll be excellent!

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They're only offering three variants here - does the UK get more options? Don't think any have touch screens. Presume it requires a tether if you're not in your normal WiFi orbits.

I note the two years "free" cloud access, wonder what it costs thereafter?

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addo wrote:does the UK get more options?
Just a few! This quick search on Amazon brings up loads...

You see now why I'm seeking as much advice as possible!

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The £999 unit should cover most vagaries. ;)

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addo wrote:The £999 unit should cover most vagaries. ;)
Yep, Hoping not to spend that much or Robyn would be getting what she really wants... A MacBook...

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Dads is a low end Toshiba that was around £200. He says "It's quite good actually, works instantly. There was an Asus for £250 in the shop that was even faster and I wish I bought that. Only negative is the screens not amazing." He's not sure which model it is exactly and will check soon as he left it at work.

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When anybody asks me to advise them on what computer to get, I suggest they draw up 3 lists (and to make sure the lists are realistic) as to what they need the computer to do and have. The lists are "Must have" (and 100% must be achieved for it to be considered), "Highly Useful" (75%), and "Would be Nice" (50% here). Then they should start checking the options, and see which one comes out best. Word of mouth can also help.

I was in PC World Newbury today (working on the Carphone Warehouse systems), and they had a few clearance items, including Asus Chrome systems. I cannot remember prices or specs though; sorry about that.

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Thanks James, that's not a bad idea to make up some lists... A job for Robyn :wink:
Hell Razor5543 wrote: I was in PC World Newbury today (working on the Carphone Warehouse systems), and they had a few clearance items, including Asus Chrome systems. I cannot remember prices or specs though; sorry about that.
I saw some of their deals on their website... It'll be mail order as I hate going into any shop to buy anything IT-related.. Past experiences have been very traumatic... :evil:

Actually, I can expand that.. I hate going into any shop to buy anything to be honest... How women actually enjoy shopping is totally beyond me... :?

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Is this a serious purchase? Or does she basically want a shiny new laptop?

I'm sort of puzzled because to my mind there's a long way between a MacBook and a lappy configured by Google. If you run and prefer using other iDevices the MacBook is a no-brainer. Apple products don't really tango nicely with Android devices in a few critical ways, same can be expected with Google's cloud based system.

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addo wrote:Is this a serious purchase? Or does she basically want a shiny new laptop?
She uses a (loan) Chromebook at University, hence why she wants one so from that point of view it is a very serious purchase...

For social, domestic and pleasure purposes, she is firmly wedded to her iPad.. Her little sister has a MacBook, a present to herself for working hard between Uni semesters...

We all love the MacBook 8-) Even me!

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Based on what I have learnt today, I will never buy an Apple product for myself. Recently they have managed to make their USB cables with an electronic serial number. Now their latest phones will not accept a non Apple USB cable (and theirs are a little more expensive than the others (read a LOT more expensive!)). It looks like they are severely trapping their current clientele, and then charging them extortionate prices for the privilege!