Reviews of this Chromebook aren't great. But for $239.20 with a $100 gift card you effectively get it for $139.20. Cheap enough for you to tinker around with.
Full HD IPS display. Not bad.
can I install Windows on this? might be nice as a high school lappy
what about some linux or ubuntu or what else
@FAST and Curious: Linux comes installed on this Chromebook
These cheap laptops are awful, they're slow and crappy right out of the box.
Absolutely the case for cheap windows laptops. Chromebooks though run surprisingly well out of the box for light use on underspecced hardware I've found, and $140 for a laptop with a better screen than you'd find on many ~$800 laptops is an absolute steal IMO.
This laptop is more powerful then my daily. I've got a dual core b960 with 4gb ram. I've owned a chromebook (or it used to be called netbook back in the day). They are awesome for what they are. Get a lightweight distro (think xfce debian) and your good to go. Eventually the hard drive in these die, but I just taped a 2.5" ssd in a usb encloser to the back of the screen. Was suprisingly fast.
The screen's in these things are amazing, often better then 15" screens. I will say though, not a fan of the soldered on RAM.
Also, the last netbook I had, spilt coke on, so I had a usb keyboard and mouse (coz they were broken) and mate dropped his backpack on top of the laptop, so I had to use it with an external monitor. Granted, stupid scenario, but my point is, for the price? Amazing.
I note it says $100 coupon not $100 gift card so be prepared to have it expire early or other weird T&Cs attached to it
Good point. Maybe online order it for a "gift card"
Bonus $100 JB Coupon!
Purchase this selected Chromebook and get a bonus $100 JB Coupon! Online purchasers will receive a gift card via email 2 weeks from order completion. In-store purchasers will receive a coupon at time of purchase. Offer valid from January 10 until January 31 2020.
Gift card can expire early too though. Depend how they run this promotion.
Cannot find any information regarding this bonus gift card expiry day any where.
I bought stuff from Good Guys (which is part of JB). And once they gave me bonus credit which expire in 2 weeks.
Aren't all gift cards 3 years now by law?
@richadam: JB Gift Cards don't expire
@richadam: No, bonus gift cards like these are exempt from the 3 year rule (at least in NSW).
As Wilkshake says though, JB cards generally don't expire.
The coupon I got from another recent chromebook deal only lasts until end of June. Gift cards have no expiry.
I asked them if I could buy a $100 gift card with my coupon, they said no.
I have marked my calendar so I don't forget it will expire. I plan to buy something over $100 and then return it due to change of mind so I get either a credit or $100 back to get around this stupidity.
Whats the practical difference between a coupon and gift card other than expiry?
@BlinkyBill: They can keep your money with a coupon and there is nothing you can do when it expires.
They can't with a gift voucher.
That's about the sum of it…
@BlinkyBill: Coupon has short expiry, more restrictions, and can't be used online, printed on a piece of paper (not an actual card), must be used in full in one transaction.
@BlinkyBill: JBHifi coupon is quite dodgy. It is like a discount code when you purchase things. It is much worse than gift card which is like a payment method.
I purchased similar ChromeBook prior to Christmas and gift card didn't have an expiry date.
Great to know thanks
Go the Gift Card, here are the terms of the coupon.
They better give me the Gift Card for my online purchase. Those in store terms look very poor
Someone should change the title so as to rectify as it is therefore misleading
Dual core chip would leave alot to be desired
Long Auto Update Policy until June 2026. Two years longer than my new X2. :-(
Little cousin owns one of these..
Surprisingly good, display is excellent, yeah only 32GB of storage but its a chromebook, battery goes for about 6-7 hours.
Performance is actually decent, you're pretty much living in a web browser anyways? The only slow down is once you pass that 5+ tab barrier
Not according to this.
Tempted to buy it as a BYOD device for my 9 and 11 year olds but I really don't want them struggling with something slow and clunky. Big fan of tech but can't believe schools are moving in this direction for 8 year olds. Ridiculous.
Yeah but that review was done when it cost $330USD (480AUD). For $130AUD this is a bargain with a full HD screen.
Agree the value is great if you can't afford better, but having dealt with Celerons and NUCs for the last few years I'm not ready to do that to myself again unless I am desperate.
@syousef: I've seen Chromebooks working in Schools surprisingly well.
Only issue is when you need specialised programs. Other than that they work fine if looked after.
@treeman: Laptops do not belong with 8 year olds at school dropoff and pickup and in the yard before school on a rainy day. Also you have no control over other kids damaging your child's equipment and good luck getting them to accept responsibility if they do. The schools certainly won't.
Chromebooks are fine if all you want your kids to do is write word documents and look at web pages. I think that's a waste given what's available..
@syousef: I was talking about in High Schools!
@treeman: My first comment mentioned my kids were 9 and 11.
Anything to make teachers work even less
A good teacher works very hard and these days they have to continually jump through hoops just to keep their accreditation. There are still lots of good teachers. Bad teachers will always find ways to tick the boxes and avoid actually teaching, but they don't tend to last regardless. One of the problems we have is that teachers get no respect and no autonomy. Even if your teacher thinks BYOD is awful for example, they have to tow the line or they'll be out on their ear in no time.
@syousef: Yes, the problems are deeper maybe. I come from Europe and what I see in the aussie primary is scary, they just try to fill the voids between a food break and a sport activity with useless notions or craft. The kids in 3 years they learned to write and read and nothing else. Same for family kids in other schools
@Laziofogna: There are still some good teachers in the system, but the decision makers here have gone off the rails and the red tape is nightmarish. There is no longer the autonomy needed for a good teacher to make a big impact in most cases, sadly.
Can you upgrade ram?
The Short Answer Is ‘None’. Source: https://www.omgchrome.com/chromebooks-can-upgraded/
Pretty sure it's soldered to mb. 4gb ram on a ChromeBook is elegant sufficiency.
Sufficient maybe, but elegant? Stop drinking the koolaid. The only reason companies do this is so you can throw it out in a few years and buy another, hopefully from them. Economy trumps environment, and corp trumps consumer.
cant do nothing but add an sd card
So tempting, don't even know what I'd use it for.
What do you do in Chrome on your current computer? That is your answer.
The only use it to burn the os and install linux. But then all you get is a very slow Linux machine.
Can you install windows?
@chyawala: You would need a skill level to do linux or windows above the cost of this unit.
Win10 would be slow and further, on 32gb would not be worth it.
@tonyjzx: Good luck installing Windows on 32GB. You may manage to get the initial install to work, but updates will fail continually.
Linux all the way.
It won't be slow.
Get data mined.
Got one anyway, will at least use it for looking up service manuals at work or something.
It also has Bluetooth so I can watch YouTube in bed.
5.5 out of 10
Can we trust the verge? They seem to bash anything but Apple products. I think it's a pretty good device for the price ( can install android and Linux apps , too, I assume)
Which of these bad points they list do you think they're lying about?
If your pre teen needs a pc, this is it
Does it ChromeOS have any parenting controls?
It does have parenting controls, it's an App called Family link which you can set up.
Cool thanks - it does sounds like a decent option then.
Will this run Minecraft? I have a friend who was looking at buying a top end Techfast PC to run Minecraft for her son 😞
Can you run minecraft in a chrome browser currently?
Is there an android app for mine raft that can run on ChromeBook?
That is your answer.
Yeah, there's a browser version of Minecraft
FWIW, if the son is fine with windows 10 store version of minecraft, almost any cpu will run that very decently. I could get that running wonderfully on an intel atom. But the java version probably needs better than intel graphics to not be stuttery.
Yes it can run MineCraft - you'll just need to download the app directly from their website as they don't list it on the PlayStore which you'd normally download other apps.
Actually an error - I was thinking about Fortnite.
Techfast is an amazing place, however, Minecraft will run AMAZINGLY even on the mid-range Techfast PC's
They rly don't need the Top End Techfast PC to run Minecraft lol
could see this as useful for photo back ups when traveling….
so tempting, if only you could put windows/linux on this
you can. it's on the supported list for crostini. https://sites.google.com/a/chromium.org/dev/chromium-os/chro...
it's also known as a hp chromebook 14a
oh nice cheers
You can install Linux on these but it's in BETA
apparently you can install ubuntu via crouton if you can get in to developer mode…
it may slowdown
Any. Knowledge in the audio ?
Also what's the last update year for this model?
Fingerprint or Face Id. Any login security. Anybody knows please?
Uh, not for this price. You enter a password, it unlocks, I assume.
Smash your face on screen to unlock panel from chassis.
thats bit harsh bongo boy
@JAY13: Just read, smile, and upvote.
You can use your Android phone as well to unlock. Works well.
Some of the review websites was mentioning that the 1080p version is touch screen but I could not find out whether this model is touch screen or not.
Will this be able to output display to an external monitor?
Might be able to cast to one? I'm considering using it to access the home network and cast to the TV in the living room…I'm not sure of the Chromebook capabilities though. Seems like a shitty phone in a laptop skin.
With some sort of USB-C dongle, yes I believe so.
2 USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C™ (Charging, power delivery, video, data)
You can either chromecast it or use a usb-c to hdmi adapter to output to an external monitor no problems.
Confirmed can output to ext monitor. I have a $15 USBC>HDMI dongle from Kmart https://www.kmart.com.au/product/usb-c-to-hdmi-adaptor/20473... i just hooked up to the same model chromebook. Playing full hd video streamed from youtube, no suttering, very smooth, whilst running multiple tabs and word on device.
the way i see it, i use my phone when im out an about to do a lot of on demand work, using excel, word, etc. This is just a 14inch version of my phone. does all you need easily for office work. + 8-10hr battery. For $139 its gold.
Does it get 8-10? Reviews say 6-7.
Is this good for excel and Accounting work on MYOB?
Excel and MYOB won't work on the chromebook unless you're using Web based versions
Doesn't it have google play store?
Doesn't support every app though
@MS Paint: So it doesn't support the Microsoft Excel app?
@atom1319: I Don't know