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  • DIYEyal - Tuesday, May 06, 2014 - link

    I bought an Acer c720 (16GB) for $150 refurbished and upgraded the M.2 storage with a 128GB SSD. While I wish it had a super key, and more than 2GB of RAM, I must say that I'm happy with it. especially after installing Debian. Reply
  • icrf - Tuesday, May 06, 2014 - link

    Terminology question: "16 GB internal memory" sounds like RAM when it's more likely referencing storage. I know I've seen that reference other places, too. Is that common and I should just get used to it? Reply
  • dstarr3 - Tuesday, May 06, 2014 - link

    Yes, "16GB internal memory" refers to the storage space. Chromebooks are dependent on cloud storage and streaming content as opposed to storing content on the device itself. The RAM will usually be 2-4GB. Reply
  • coder543 - Wednesday, May 07, 2014 - link

    they aren't that significantly more dependant on streaming and cloud than any other computer. They have HTML5 offline support, they have packaged apps, NaCL, and other technologies that allow you to be productive without an internet connection.

    Let's be real though, how often are you productive on any computer without an internet connection? It's just as possible to be productive on a Chromebook without internet access, but in what real world situation would you do that? If you really wanted some kind of offline functionality that Chrome OS couldn't offer you (hypothetically) then you could always set up a Linux chroot using Crouton that would provide a full Linux desktop that you can hot-switch over to without even rebooting.
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  • savagemike - Tuesday, May 06, 2014 - link

    The 16GB is standard. The entire idea of a Chromebook is to function as a thin client. There is growing off-line utility depending on specific apps. But the general paradigm is constant or near-constant connection to the net - which is actually pretty accurate for most people in a lot of places today. The low storage on board is a mind-shift for many people. However it's really integral to the thin client idea.
    Of course a lot of people do upgrade that and use the hardware more traditionally with fuller Linux distros meshed into or in place of ChromeOS. Not all Chromebooks have upgradeable SSDs though. I suspect in the future it will move more and more in that direction. No info yet on whether the SSD in these new Lenovo or Asus units is upgradeable.
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  • extide - Tuesday, May 06, 2014 - link

    As it is an eMMC device, I highly doubt it is upgradeable, and it is probably soldered on. Reply
  • coder543 - Tuesday, May 06, 2014 - link

    No, you're completely right. Memory is not the right word for that... much as Apple has tried to make 'memory' and 'storage' interchangeable with their iPhone marketing. Reply
  • Krysto - Tuesday, May 06, 2014 - link

    Disappointing it's yet another 1366x768 Celeron Chromebook. Was hoping for more ARM-based 1080p ones (since ARM costs less, they can afford a better panel for the same retail price). Reply
  • A5 - Tuesday, May 06, 2014 - link

    Dunno if I'd want an ARM chip rendering desktop pages at 1080p, though. Reply
  • solipsism - Tuesday, May 06, 2014 - link

    Tablet GPUs are well beyond 1080p and do just fine. Reply
  • DIYEyal - Tuesday, May 06, 2014 - link

    What about running non arm friendly software on linux? I think a celeron is a good choice. And I'd rather a 900x1440 display to keep price competitive.. Reply
  • redmatt - Friday, May 09, 2014 - link

    Appart from professional software that will not run on 2GB RAM, I don't know many non-ARM friendly Linux software... Reply
  • FwFred - Tuesday, May 06, 2014 - link

    What ARM arch SoC is going to be a better match for a Chromebook than Haswell? Reply
  • SandraTJamerson - Tuesday, May 06, 2014 - link

    Chromebooks are dependent on cloud storage and streaming content as opposed to storing content on the device itself. The RAM will usually be 2-4GB. http://sn.im/28vu0w3 Reply
  • Ortanon - Tuesday, May 06, 2014 - link

    I'll never grasp the concept of a Chromebook that costs more than $200. It baffles me. Reply
  • Hrel - Tuesday, May 06, 2014 - link

    If they'd release one of these with a 1080p screen for $100 more I'd probably buy that. There's just not enough screen real estate at that resolution, especially at <12". Another example of a 4" phone having a 1080p screen but we somehow can't get that as a standard in laptops. Reply
  • vision33r - Wednesday, May 07, 2014 - link

    If you follow the Chromebook pixel which has a 3:2 screen ratio. How can they expect people to use these for browsing, reading, and thinclient work with a 16:9 low res crap?

    1080p is still not very good for reading and surfing.
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