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Can anyone give me honest reviews of a Chromebook?? Anyone got one I can see up close?? Thanks.
we are looking at a 1:1 for our MS. iPads aren't our choice as of right now, we are thinking laptops, but we use School Web Lockers for our cloud storage for students. Chromebooks would move us to Google Apps, taking us out of the market for a subscription-based cloud storage...lots to think about.
We purchased one for testing. I may be the wrong individual to rate it, but I found the chromebook to be exceedingly frustrating. What could take a mere click to open and edit documents, instead turns into download this file, import it into google format, then work on it. No indications what so ever that you need to do this, so you sit there scratching your head wondering why you can't edit the data in front of you. This device has largely been ignored and now just sits on our shelf. Seems like an expensive web browser, and not much else.
i found that they don't work well with our wifi...don't automatically move from AP to AP...not what i want!!
we're finding that the going back-and-forth with office is terrible with google docs. there's a certain criteria that you need to follow to make it work, and after my server issues, my brain can't recall what that is.
anyway, i found that the chromebook wouldn't switch from AP to AP when i walked up and down our MS hallway. i'm going to do more testing after this week as i haven't turned the chromebook on in a week or so. maybe google updated the chromebook so it works better?? who knows.
As someone who hasn't used Google Docs much at all until the past month (and only for document reference), the experience was utterly frustrating as well as disappointing. I've not had the need to do editing until this most recent time. So when the time came, and there was no plainly obvious direction given to enable editing, our chromebook was nearly embedded in a cinder-block wall.
My frustrations are likely due to lack of understanding of process for using GoogleDocs. However, at the time I needed it to work, I didn't have the time to waste. It has left me disenchanted with the experience. I'm unlikely to attempt a 2nd round with it.
Neat concept, but poor implementation. So much for KISS theory. They've made it a complex process to do what is a given on any other system. For the same price, I can get a netbook, that just works.