An Acer Chromebook for $109.99

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UPDATE: The sale has ended.

I have written often about Chromebooks. (See https://goo.gl/9yDkl2 for a list of my past articles about Chromebooks.) I recently used my Chromebook daily on a trip to New Zealand and to Singapore to write articles for this newsletter, send and receive email messages, surf the Web, and I might admit to playing a few computer games as well. I find I am using my Chromebook more and more these days and my “big” laptop less and less. While the Chromebook isn’t as powerful as my more expensive laptop, I prefer its convenience. It boots up in seconds, never gets viruses, and everything is fully backed up in the cloud within seconds after I create or save something new.

Chromebook prices are getting insane. Now Groupon is selling a refurbished Acer Chromebook 15.6” Laptop for only $109.99 at https://goo.gl/SziahF.

To be sure, this is a refurbished unit, not new. However, it does include a limited 90 day warranty from manufacturer, not from Groupon. I have purchased a number of refurbished computers over the years, including a 27-inch iMac that was $500 off the normal retail price, and have been very happy with them. I wouldn’t hesitate to purchase the Acer Chromebook with the manufacturer’s warranty if I didn’t already own a Chromebook.

The same laptop is selling at Wal-Mart at https://goo.gl/Kut9Un for $179 new, not refurbished.

To be sure, this is not a top-of-the-line unit. It contains an Intel Celeron processor of moderate speed and only 2 gigabytes of RAM memory. That should be sufficient for all Chromebook apps but I suspect it won’t be enough memory to run Android apps and Chromebook apps simultaneously. Or, if they do run together simultaneously, I suspect they will run slowly. See https://goo.gl/YiB6TI for my article about running Android and Chromebook apps simultaneously on a Chromebook laptop.

The Acer Chromebook has a larger screen than most other Chromebooks at 15.6 inches although the resolution is a bit low at 1366-by-768 pixels. It has most everything one expects in a Chromebook:

  • Built-in dual-band Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Upward-facing dual-stereo speakers
  • SD card reader
  • One HDMI port with HDCP support
  • One USB 3.0 port
  • One USB 2.0 port
  • 3,220mAh 4-cell lithium-ion battery
  • Operates up to eight hours on a full charge

I do find it interesting that the Acer Chromebook has a high-speed USB 3.0 port, something not yet found in many  of the cheaper laptop computers.

With the HDMI port, you can connect the laptop to a digital television set and watch the video on the big screen. You will have to purchase an HDMI cable, however, as HDMI cables normally are not included with laptop computers.

All in all, the refurbished Acer model number CB3-531-C4A5 Chromebook selling for $109.99 strikes me as a great deal. If you want a second computer for yourself to use when traveling, or want to give this to a child, grandchild, or to an adult who is not computer literate,  this may be your best choice.

If you are interested in purchasing any Chromebook, I suggest you first read my articles at https://blog.eogn.com/2014/05/01/why-use-a-chromebook/, https://blog.eogn.com/2016/05/31/genealogy-apps-for-android-and-chromebooks/, and also Make an Easy Switch to Chromebook Now (and Never Look Back) by Ryan Dube at http://goo.gl/4CRpaZ.

The Acer model number CB3-531-C4A5 Chromebook is available for $109.99 at https://goo.gl/SziahF.

I am not compensated in any way for writing this article. I am simply a satisfied user of low-cost Chromebook computers.

Have you had good or bad experiences with a Chromebook? If so, please post a comment below describing your findings so that others can benefit from your experiences.

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On your recommendations, I have purchased a Chromebook and love it. The only catch is that I can’ t put my Word program on it and am limited to using Google Docs. I can live with that easily, but how do I save my Google docs to Dropbox?

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Hi, Dick, I love your work. My wife says she is going to get me a laptop for Christmas. There are so many options, but one I keep going back to is the Chromebook, which you first recommended a few years ago when they first were launched.
I was wondering how Chromebooks would work with Roots Magic software that I installed a year ago on my desktop. I kind of wanted to clear that hurdle before letting my wife loose shopping.
Thanks and kudos for all you do.

Dan Rooney
Fort Wayne, IN

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    —> I was wondering how Chromebooks would work with Roots Magic software

    RootsMagic does not work on Chromebooks, at least not all Chromebooks. But a version of RootsMagic does work today on some Chromebooks and will work on more of them in the near future.

    RootsMagic is a program written for Windows and it also has been ported to Macintosh (see my earlier article at https://blog.eogn.com/2014/09/09/genealogy-software-review-macbridge-for-rootsmagic/ ) and matching but different RootsMagic apps have been written for iPhone, iPad, and Android devices. The iPhone, iPad, and Android versions are not exact duplicates of the Windows and Macintosh versions, however. Instead, they are somewhat simpler and are designed to carry all your genealogy data with you in these mobile devices.

    Chromebooks do not run programs written for Windows or Macintosh or Linux or UNIX or other operating systems. Chromebooks today only run programs written for the Chrome operating system or programs written to run “in the cloud” (that is, programs installed on a web server or a bank of web servers that can be run remotely by almost any computer). RootsMagic does not yet have a version that will the Chrome operating system or “in the cloud”

    HOWEVER, a future release of the Chrome operating system will also allow most Chromebooks to run programs written for the Android operating system and RootsMagic does have an Android version. A few Chromebooks already have the capability of running Android apps.

    To date, only three Chromebooks can run Android apps:

    Asus Chromebook Flip
    Acer Chromebook R11 / C738T
    Google Chromebook Pixel (2015)

    I happen to own an Asus Chromebook Flip (and love it!) and can report that every Android app I have installed on it so far works perfectly.

    You can find a list of the Chromebooks that will support Android in the future by going to https://sites.google.com/a/chromium.org/dev/chromium-os/chrome-os-systems-supporting-android-apps

    You can read more about the Android-to-Chromebook project by starting at https://chrome.googleblog.com/2016/05/the-google-play-store-coming-to.html

    Enjoy your Christmas present!

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    As usual, you are a font of information. Thanks

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