Showing posts with label buying guide. Show all posts
Showing posts with label buying guide. Show all posts

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Bought a Netbook

Last night I did some comparison shopping for a new netbook. I posted the details in this blog along with some affiliate links. I figured, since I'm going to buy a netbook anyway, I might as well share the experience.

A Software Developer's Rationale for Affiliating


I'm trying the Amazon Affiliates program for this experience. There's a benefit to both of us. If I'm doing some comparison shopping, we will gain maximum advantage through re-use if you (dear reader) were in the market for a netbook. And in return, you'd be helping me out by buying your netbook through one of my affiliate links. It costs the same for you, and I get a little commish for having posted my experience here.

What I really want is to share some good things with my readers. For example, I applied to be an affiliate for PluralSight. I love their selection of training videos, and I hope that happens because I believe in what they have to offer! But, I digress.

And the Winner Is...


Getting back to the topic. I went with the ASUS Chromebook C202SA-YS04 11.6" (that's the affiliate link in case you'd like to follow suit and get a great little netbook for yourself or a loved one). It seemed like the best deal on the market. With Prime Day coming very soon, you might want to keep an eye out for a good deal on it. It really came down to having the most/best reviews in the price and spec range.

Basic Specs

Here are the primary technical specs for this model.
  1. 4 GB RAM - I'd like more, but I don't know that I would need more.
  2. 11.6-inch anti-glare LED-Lit HD monitor - I'll be using this on the train a lot and sometimes that sun shines right into the windows. Anti-glare is a huge plus!
  3. 32 GB internal storage - I wanted the extra storage, wouldn't hurt whereas running out of space would!
  4. Chrome OS - I'm giving it a try. I use a lot of their apps and services, so why not. If I don't like it at all, I'm going to see about installing a Linux distro on it. Maybe Ubuntu. Ubuntu on a netbook...yeah!
  5. 2.65 pounds - this is the main thing. I needed something lightweight because I'll be slinging it on my back. I have a lot in my pack, and the laptop is just too much to lug around.
  6. Dual processor - A lot of the less expensive netbooks have a single core processor. That means only executing one thread at a time. I prefer to have my processor multi-task so that I can keep working while background processes run. I know it depends on the app and processor architecture, but 2 cores are usually better than 1.
So those are the basic specs. And that's part of why I went with this model.

Primary Deciding Factor

It really came down to the reviews. This one had the specs I liked, and it had the most reviews and a comparable rating to other netbooks in its class. To me, this says that enough people bought it and liked it enough to give a favorable rating. Statistically, a set of over a thousand reviews is more significant than a set of under one hundred. So I went with the popular vote.

I'll post some pics when I open it and do a quick review once I get a feel for Chrome OS. Thanks for hanging with me tonight! Have a happy Prime Day!

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Buying a Chromebook

Ok, so I have a Lenovo Notebook that I use for everything right now. It's decent enough to do what I do. I'm using it right now, in fact. I can use the internet. It works for programming. Sure, it isn't a top-of-the-line model, but it's getting the job done!



Except, when I take it with me on my daily bike or train ride and it's hanging out in my backpack adding 5 or 6 pounds to the load. Then it sucks! I need something lighter. I'm considering a Chromebook but I don't know which one. Maybe it doesn't matter since they're priced so low that it's not like it would be a total loss if it wasn't that great. But then again I don't want to be so annoyed that I can't be productive. I plan to blog a lot on it and need it to be portable.

Here are a few that I have in mind (I really am buying a netbook, but I want to mention that all the links are affiliate links, so if you would like to purchase any of them I get the benefit of a commision at no cost to you...and a big thank you if you do!):

ASUS

The ASUS Chromebook C202SA-YS02 11.6" has 4GB RAM, 11.6-inch monitor, and only weighs 2.2 lbs! I like the lightweight.

But then again, it's only got a 16 GB hard drive and the next level up has a 32 GB. The ASUS Chromebook C202SA-YS04 11.6" is the same but with the bigger hard drive. Apparently, 16 GB extra of hard drive adds 0.4 lbs.

The only thing is they come in dark blue. I'm not too concerned with color so long as it's not a standout color, but I would prefer something dark-grey or black.

Samsung

I could go with a Samsung Chromebook 3 XE500C13-K03US. It has a 4-GB RAM and a 32-GB Hard Drive. And, oh look! 2.54 lbs! And what else? A Dual-Core Intel. Hmm...Samsung, should I give you a shot or keep looking? There's only one left, but I am a sucker for familiar brands. I haven't had a Samsung laptop. I know other folks have had some problems with other types of Samsung products. 4 stars for this though. Let's see what else:

Acer

This Acer Chromebook 11 is looking mighty nice in Clamshell White. Not really my taste. I would get one for my daughter though. Ok, so it does come in black too.

HP

I do have experience with HP products - mixed but generally good on the hardware side. So there's the newest HP 11.6” HD IPS Touchscreen Chromebook. Touchscreen, eh? I never really worked with a touchscreen before. I might give it a shot! It's pretty lightweight at 2.5 lbs. Says the battery will last 12 hours on average! Most of the others were around 9, so that seems pretty good! 2 processor cores - another plus. The 16 GB hard drive is a bit of a drawback.

Decisions, Decisions...

In the end, I think I'll go with the masses. That second ASUS with the 32 GB has the most reviews and a four-star rating at the moment. Seems like it would be the best all-around. It's just a little more pricey than some of the others, but you get what you pay for right?