Microsoft's first Chromebook killer is a $200 HP laptop

  • metta

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    Aug 19, 2014 6:24 AM GMT
    Microsoft's first Chromebook killer is a $200 HP laptop

    http://www.theverge.com/2014/8/18/6033683/hp-stream-14-leak-chromebook-killer
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    Aug 21, 2014 12:30 PM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidA measly 2GB of RAM?

    No thanks. I need at least 16GB for my music and video editing software.


    its really not meant for that sort of thing. Microsoft is using this to go after the same crowd of folks who are using the Google Chromebooks, which don't run ANY legacy software (unless you dig out the OS and reload it with raw Linux). I loved my Samsung Chromebook, though the power adapter was badly designed, but it wasn't my primary computer since I need to use my legacy stuff. By comparison, a family member who is only sending/receiving emails and browsing the internet would find one of these to be perfect. The slight advantage to the Microsoft version is that while high-end software might not run well, basic productivity programs like Office would probably function perfectly well. And going with a 4.5w processor so they can run fanless is awesome. You've not experienced laptop computing until you've used one that doesn't have a fan.
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    Aug 21, 2014 6:02 PM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle said
    Life2Short said
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidA measly 2GB of RAM?

    No thanks. I need at least 16GB for my music and video editing software.


    its really not meant for that sort of thing. Microsoft is using this to go after the same crowd of folks who are using the Google Chromebooks, which don't run ANY legacy software (unless you dig out the OS and reload it with raw Linux). I loved my Samsung Chromebook, though the power adapter was badly designed, but it wasn't my primary computer since I need to use my legacy stuff. By comparison, a family member who is only sending/receiving emails and browsing the internet would find one of these to be perfect. The slight advantage to the Microsoft version is that while high-end software might not run well, basic productivity programs like Office would probably function perfectly well. And going with a 4.5w processor so they can run fanless is awesome. You've not experienced laptop computing until you've used one that doesn't have a fan.


    Understood. But I'm not one to have several computers and tablets and electronic gadgets around the house. I want a laptop with a 15-17" monitor that can do it all.
    I like my Asus G74 SX. Look it up. icon_wink.gif
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    Aug 21, 2014 9:07 PM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle said
    Life2Short said
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidA measly 2GB of RAM?

    No thanks. I need at least 16GB for my music and video editing software.


    its really not meant for that sort of thing. Microsoft is using this to go after the same crowd of folks who are using the Google Chromebooks, which don't run ANY legacy software (unless you dig out the OS and reload it with raw Linux). I loved my Samsung Chromebook, though the power adapter was badly designed, but it wasn't my primary computer since I need to use my legacy stuff. By comparison, a family member who is only sending/receiving emails and browsing the internet would find one of these to be perfect. The slight advantage to the Microsoft version is that while high-end software might not run well, basic productivity programs like Office would probably function perfectly well. And going with a 4.5w processor so they can run fanless is awesome. You've not experienced laptop computing until you've used one that doesn't have a fan.


    Understood. But I'm not one to have several computers and tablets and electronic gadgets around the house. I want a laptop with a 15-17" monitor that can do it all.


    That's cool. It's how I am too for the most part, though with a heavy class load i just carry an ipad wih a Logitech keyboard cover with me. My 5lb MacBook Pro stays at home. If I didn't occasionally need to use Adobe CS I probably would just have the ipad since it has everything I need, MS Office included
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    Aug 22, 2014 1:23 AM GMT
    I've played on Chromebooks before. They're really more for the Starbucks/Panera Bread crowd that are there wanting to look at Facebook and do social networking.
    Kinda like a larger iPad with a tactile keyboard.
    They're fast and fun, but not really for burning CDs and storing music and massive pics.
    Again, a lot like an iPad they don't have to hold and with a larger, more user friendly features.
    They're kinda the bridge between an iPad and a laptop, if you will, at a much cheaper price. Great for small children who are getting their first introduction to something light and durable.