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Old 04-01-2019, 09:21 PM   #1
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Chromebook updates.

Chromebook updates:

1. Chromebook now accepts a direct USB connection to a legacy printer. You don't have to use a network or wireless printer.

Unfortunately I have one of the older Acer Chromebooks that is "no longer supported" and I haven't been able to do this simple USB direct connection. I can still use a wireless or network printer though. (I will keep trying though for the direct connection.)

2. One of my sons just bought a new Lenovo Chromebook from Best Buy. It is one of the 2 in 1 devices that has a 360 degree hinge so it can be a tablet, a laptop, a "pyramid" or whatever.
It has a touchscreen of course and was $250. Just slightly more than I paid for my Acer Chrome book with a plain hinge and no touch screen.

Both have the 4GB Ram, but my son's machine has a 30 or 60 GB solid state storage drive and mine has a 325GB disk hard drive.

The Solid State drive machine will accept a SD type memory card for storage.
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Old 04-13-2019, 01:12 AM   #2
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My son's Lenovo Chromebook has only a 32GB SSD. I need more. Sure I can add a memory card or a flash drive or an external hard drive or even cloud memory but come on! A larger SSD or a small hard drive wouldn't cost that much more. Maybe $10 to $20 even as an option.

Other than that it is really great.

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Old 04-13-2019, 05:51 AM   #3
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Still loving my Chromebooks and Chromeboxes. I'm now running an i5 Asus box as my daily desktop and a Samsung Chromebook Plus when I'm out and about. So little hassle and so much speed!

Having Android apps and Linux now integrated just adds the icing on the cake. I had a good play with Linux but it takes you back towards hassle, so I think I've just got Gimp loaded now for those few times that Pixlr can't handle what I want to do. However, with audio support coming soon, I may add Audacity.

Android support is a joy, though, and seems pretty hassle free now. Having access to the app store has really rounded out what you can do with ChromeOS.

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Old 04-16-2019, 12:58 PM   #4
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Still loving my Chromebooks and Chromeboxes. I'm now running an i5 Asus box as my daily desktop and a Samsung Chromebook Plus when I'm out and about. So little hassle and so much speed!

Having Android apps and Linux now integrated just adds the icing on the cake. I had a good play with Linux but it takes you back towards hassle, so I think I've just got Gimp loaded now for those few times that Pixlr can't handle what I want to do. However, with audio support coming soon, I may add Audacity.

Android support is a joy, though, and seems pretty hassle free now. Having access to the app store has really rounded out what you can do with ChromeOS.

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Have you done any direct printing (USB cable to a printer) with your devices?
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Old 04-17-2019, 11:58 AM   #5
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I can't see the point of a Chromebox myself. If I am going to sit down at a desk, then likely I want to work, so I need more than a ChromeOS device can provide (though nowadays Android and Linux support go a long way).

A Chromebook has replaced a lot of my tablet usage though. I'd love a good Chrome tablet; it's a shame the Pixel Slate seems problematic. It would be an all time great comic reading device too.
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Old 04-17-2019, 10:18 PM   #6
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I can't see the point of a Chromebox myself. If I am going to sit down at a desk, then likely I want to work, so I need more than a ChromeOS device can provide (though nowadays Android and Linux support go a long way).

A Chromebook has replaced a lot of my tablet usage though. I'd love a good Chrome tablet; it's a shame the Pixel Slate seems problematic. It would be an all time great comic reading device too.
There's the HP Chromebook x2, which is a 12" tablet with a detachable keyboard which makes it look like a laptop (none of the pictures on Amazon show it detached, but it does). I bought one. But, at the time at least, Android apps couldn't access the SD card. So it wasn't the all time great comic reader I hoped it would be.

Maybe the SD card access has been corrected since then?
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I had an asus flip but I found it too limiting. It lacked the resources to load Linux and have space to work. I consistently find Linux to be a pita. Note to self: dont flirt with Linux. Android was handy but again it was the lack of storage got in the way. I also didntnlike the screen. Too shiny. I like matt displays. But it was a pretty aluminium device and I sold it on easily for the same price to a mac lover.
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