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obie311 wrote:

This sounds much like what I'm looking for. Silly question but do both models have 802 wifi? And if you can give me the actual model #'s or links I would appreciate it. How are the battery lives?

This is the 15.6". This model appears to be a refurb, mine was new from Target for the same price. It has IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac wifi. Battery life is fantastic. I use it for a couple hours each evening for web browsing, forums, email, etc. It'll go several days without needing to be charged. Battery is full and says about 5 hours of use left. I prefer this for the full size keyboard for typing.

https://www.amazon.com/Acer-Chromebook-Resolution-Processor-CB315-3HT-C16B/dp/B091BGPL17

The smaller one has the same internet and basic features, just a smaller physical package. Its convenient for taking camping and we want to check email, search for restaurants or watch Netflix at night or something.


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PartyOf Five wrote:

Agreed with above. If your budget is more than $400 I would look at a tablet or iPad for convenience based on the usage you described.


Any cheap laptop will do the trick.

Tablet versions of websites are often awkward. If there are forms to enter or other more complicated actions, the laptop is easier.


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Chromebooks (and the other brands who offer similar) have no hard drive and use online "cloud" storage of all files. If that's ok for you, fine. I prefer having a hard drive to store my photos, documents and such on my own computer. Last November (around Nov. 10) I spotted an early black friday deal at Walmart for a Lenovo Ideapad 3 laptop for $149, so I grabbed one. It's basic with not a lot of memory, but it does fine for me.

I even challenged myself by making it a dual boot system with Linux Mint on a USB thumb drive, just to see if I could.


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Posted: 10/03/21 04:03pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks to all that have made on point suggestions so far.

My budget is <$400 hopefully if the machine hits my specs.

Just to reiterate the initial post:
I have a powerful PC at home and my wife has a 5 y/o Macbook Air. I would prefer not to use her Macbook on the road and I'm looking for a simple 13"-15" laptop to use with a phone hotspot to pay bills and check emails and some simple browsing like trip planning, RV forums and craigslist.

I don't want to take photos, watch videos, post social media, or play games. Strictly admin type functions.


I have a 128gb micro SD card in my phone so I've got the need for the occasional vacation snapshot or reference pics covered as well as my CD collection ripped down into 320 kbps MP3's for music.

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I love my Chromebook. It has 100g internal storage, although I normally use the cloud (Google drive). Boots up instantly, no bloatware, no viruses.

This might be a good excuse to join Costco for a year ($60, I think). They offer 90 day full returns on electronics, allows you to try for an extended time. They also double the mfg warranty.

* This post was edited 10/03/21 09:04pm by MRC54 *


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If you want basic look at a Chromebook. Many schools use them. Our grandkids had chromebooks during online classes last year and they did everything they needed to do including wifi/word processing/ email/ zoom video/ spreadsheets and lots of other apps. They are pretty affordable, come with most apps you need.


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If all you want to do is surf the web, E-mail via WEB mail interfact. pay bills and such.. CHROMEBOOKS rule

If you need to run software "locally" like for exampal navigations software.. Or writing the great american novel. Chromebooks not the best choice.

But if all you do is world wide wait (WWW) stuf, they rule.

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I have both a windows device and multile chromebooks... I use the Chromebooks fairly often on "Public"wi-fi... I've had attempts to infect them.. They attempt did not go well since it was directed at windows.. Units whent into constant restart loops.. Imanaged to get into Settings,,, advanced, POWER WASH and suddenly (well under 2 minutes) the unit was Brand new, no longer infected.. I logged into a protected wi-fi and all my installed apps. bookmarks and such started reloading.

Any files stored on the tiny memory were lost (I now do long term storage on removable media (Micro SD card) but due to the word "Tiny"not much was lost and all of that was backed up... via a different method. (Mostly some boilerplate responses for some facebook/forum posts asking for help with products I have figured out how to help with)

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Costco, get a cheap laptop. Brand new, in your budget, no issues, warranty, easy return if it has issues.


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Grit dog wrote:

Costco, get a cheap laptop. Brand new, in your budget, no issues, warranty, easy return if it has issues.


I was thinking the same thing. Costco is my personal IT dept.


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