I also used it at home, and it was my primary source for checking trail cams. I did love the computer overall for the most part, it was nice to have the keyboard but also touch screen capabilities that made it a tablet. It was light and not too big/bulky and rode well in a backpack. But i had the first one replaced because a section of the screen lost its ability to read touch for touchscreen. Then this one, the motherboard just flat went on it. I know electronics are electronics, but i didnt beat the thing up and i guess as much as i want to love it, the issues i had in a handful of years of having it just makes me think it either isnt a good unit OR possibly, it just doesnt have any ruggedness to it.
So, i need to get a laptop for at home. I would also like to be able to take it to the field to check trail cams. I have done the point n shoot cam thing, seem to run into issues sometimes. Ive tried 3 of the iphone cardreaders and every damn one works like a dream the first half dozen times i use it and then it acts like theres nothing on the card to read anymore.
My question for u tech guys, what is a reputable unit for the money? I dont need anything extravagant, but need something that i can use at home for typing something up, browsing bowsite on the interweb and also can be thrown in a bookbag and taken to the field and i dont have to treat it like an egg while doing so. I dont NEED touchscreen as well as the keypad but if i have to choose, i want the keypad.
Any opinions from ppl in this line of business? Thanks in advance if anybody has guidance
I'll preface all of this with my "credentials" to lay some credence with my opinion - LOL. I've been working in the technology field for over 25 years. Much of that time, during my career, I have risen through the ranks at a large financial institution where technology has risen to the forefront of everything we do. The work is non-stop. That being said... I don't have a help desk for my family. I don't have teams of people dedicated to support my family with internet protection, office products, browsing, etc.
So, I'm a HUGE fan of the Chromebook! They are super simple. No 20 minute software downloads and updates every time you turn it on, no extra $oftware needed, etc. They are basically a piece of hardware with an embedded web browser (all the apps are web-based and on the more newer models you can use many of the same apps as you install on your phone). So the updates are few and far between. The reboot or power on cycle is SOOOOO FAST! And battery life is phenomenal!
For my own sanity and to get time back in my life from helping others, I have gotten chromebooks for my mother-in-law, father, and my wife. Obviously I was tired of having to be the "support guy"... I started with getting one for my wife and it passed "the wife test" (meaning no complaining, nothing broken, etc.). She could print, open files, browse the web, and so on. I now have user names and passwords for the rest of my family and if they have trouble, I can just login on my Chromebook with their account see what's going on because the user experience is the same for each user on almost any device. So I can spot their problem and either fix it or show them how. My wife actually helps her mom that way; something I never would have expected from two people who are not technical.
Of course, you need a gmail account and you upload all of your documents to Google Drive (yeah - word, powerpoint, excel, etc. can all be opened in the web-based Google apps). Setup your printer and you're done.
As for devices, there aren't a lot of parts inside. You don't need a TON of RAM, hard drive space, etc. This makes them super cheap! And the battery charge lasts seemingly forever; I know I said it already but it's true. It's actually the price that had me try it out because for a couple hundred if it didn't work for my wife, I would just keep it.
I have gotten them through Amazon (re-furbished) lately. While I am working from home and have been, my chromebook has become a mainstay on my desk. Sure, my work equipment is great - 35" curved screen with all the bells and whistles and my $2000+ laptop docked to it are great. But when I just want to do something quick (personal stuff), I open the lid on my chromebook and just get things done.
You can connect a wireless keyboard or mouse.
There are SD or Micros SD slots along with USB slots for connecting other stuff.
You can save the Google version of office products to the Micro$oft version (i.e. excel, word and other microsoft applications)
Inexpensive and ok - Lenovo they work good, just make sure you buy a configuration that has a higher rated chip set and have a lifeline when it pukes and goes blue screen in a few years LOl.
Expensive and better - Dell XPS is pricey but a far better laptop with touch screen. I use one for work and it’s reliable, fairly easy to manage and Dell has a good support network.
All depends what you want to spend really and how much tech you want for the laptop. I would stay away from a MacBook if you have never owned one, just has little nuances you need to learn and they are more money than the above options.
Yeah, Macs are more expensive, but ease-of-use matters and Mac is so far ahead... Build quality is way up there too. Got 9 years out of my last one, and the new one has solid state memory. No moving disc. Way faster.
PS yeah, there's a bit of a learning curve with Macs, but once you learn a few applications they're 'intuitive'.
Looked up 'chromebook ports' and it seems they all have at least one usb.
My daily use is a 2009(!) Toshiba running Mint Linux...works far better than a much newer Windows computer--even with an "outdated" CPU! I maxed out the memory on the Toshiba and put a new solid state HD replacing the original drive. One of the reasons I've held on to this computer is that I have not used a computer with a better keyboard than it has.