Amazon Review by Amazon Customer
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Really good, but not worth the premium (especially if it's the apps you're after).
Disclaimer: I was in it for the Android Apps....
I’ve been using Chromebooks full time for about two months now (Two different Acer models). I know that’s a small sampling, but I’m on my computer all day at work so I’ve definitely been able to put them through their paces. I’m a huge fan. They are so simple, fast, and reliable. I have one big annoyance with them. In my job, I have two different Office 365 accounts. This means that if I am logged into one I have to log out and completely close the browser (along with all of my tabs), reopen, and log into the other account if I need to use it.Then of course I’ll immediately need something from the other account and have to switch back. Desktop apps like Outlook solve this problem on PCs and Macs.
That’s why I was so excited to see that Android apps are available for this Chromebook. That solves my one big problem. I can download an app and have both of my email/calendar accounts easily accessible. Unfortunately, they don’t work as smoothly as I had hoped. They force quit themselves several times during the setup process and just don’t seem stable. I know, I know…it’s a beta thing. Still, should be mentioned. Some apps I wanted wouldn’t work at all.
How does it compare to the other two Chromebooks I own? If you take price out of the equation it’s great. The screen is excellent, the touch screen is responsive, the pen is a nice touch. It feels well made. However, I have a feeling I’ll very rarely fold this thing over and use it as a tablet until the apps work properly. To me, this means it’s not worth the premium. The $284 Acer Chromebook 14 is a way better value.
-Great screen (I actually really prefer the 3:2 aspect ratio to 16:9)
-Pen is cool, works well
-Tablet mode works well, touch screen is properly responsive
-Trackpad is excellent
-Android apps are a failure so far (I’m assuming this will change…hope it’s soon)
-Price (since android apps don’t really add much to the experience). If this thing was $375 it would be the best on the market.