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Which Features Do You Want Most in a Chromebook?

hp g3The IFA 2014 trade show earlier this month was awash with new product announcements, unveilings and demos.

Amidst the sea of new smartwatches and smartphones came a small but notable wave of new Chromebooks.

HP announced a revamped version of their 14.1-inch Chromebook powered by an Nvidia Tegra K1 processor.

Toshiba gave many what they’d been hoping for: a Chromebook with a 1080p IPS display, while Dell gave a release date to their very first Chromebox.

But is there still room for improvement?

Our Personal Shopping Lists

The mere hint of a new Chrome device causes most of us to cross every available appendage in the hope that this will finally be the device to check off every item on our shopping list of wants.

As we’ve seen more often than not, what we think and want in a Chromebook rarely tallies with what we end up getting. No one device can ever satisfy all of us. Keeping in mind that consumer Chromebooks have significant budgetary constraints, there will also always be compromises.

What Do You Want

Take a quick glance at the comments or social chatter on a Chrome device and you’ll see plenty of debate on what features devices should have as standard.

We compiled a list of the most frequently mentioned wants to form the following poll. While we have chosen to overlook some of the more obvious choices — c’mon, we’d all love 72 hour battery life and a seamless aluminium chassis, but is it likely? — to instead focus on more tangible benefits.

Need a backlit keyboard so that you can type in the dark? Fed up with mediocre video quality in your Hangouts? Want speakers that don’t sound like an AM radio station being beamed in from Mars? Maybe you continue to wince at the measly storage and memory options offered as standard…

In the poll below you can register up to three essentials torn from your own personal wish list.  Who knows: maybe, just maybe, someone from Lenovo, ASUS or Acer is reading…

  • Frederic MANSON

    So, Dear Santa Google, for Christmas I want a colourful new Chromebook with a big screen and high resolution, with a micro-USB charger, 4 gigs of RAM and a tiny 64 gigs SSD (if you add more, I will be very, very happy!!). Also, do not forget to add a backlit keyboard and a true touchpad like on the Macbook Air and transform the 100 gigs storage promotion to a free lifetime bonus. That’s all Dear Santa Google. Thank you. I will let you chocolate cookies, brownies and a big glass of milk, that way you will not be tired to DO YOUR WORK AND TO RELEASE SUCH NEW CHROMEBOOKS!!!! Nah!!!

    • Haha.. Good one Frederic.

      I just need more storage in Chromebooks, everything in cloud is not acceptable at this point.

    • Dude

      This is practically the Chromebook pixel…

      • pixelstuff

        If Google had created the Chromebook Pixel with a 256GB SSD and option to dual boot into Windows I would have bought one. Even if it was some kind of boot-through option like the Asus Express Gate from the last decade so that it keeps ChromeOS front and center, that would be fine.

    • dinaboo

      Make it 8GB RAM, and dual boot with Ubuntu

  • Dragonbite

    If I were to have more storage and RAM, then I would dual-boot with Linux if possible, otherwise it woks very well as is.

    The Toshiba Chromebook plays video without skipping or hesitation, something my old Thinkpad couldn’t manage.

  • I love my Dell Chromebook. Its one of the best devices I’ve ever bought. But having a screen which I can see outside would be amazing :)

  • Sam Anderson

    I need to see Ethernet (still) and a longer life battery.

    • What kind of battery life are you looking for? Chromebooks already are on the top for average battery life.

      • Sam Anderson

        Sorry I’m saddled with an original HP chromebook. You’re right they are very good overall.

  • Joshua Wilkins

    The screen is the biggest hardware change, but software, I would love to see it work better with other Google devices (Android, Chromecast), and have options for integrating other cloud storage services (not going to happen, I know).

    • Boothy

      Actually I’ve been following the Chromium issue about that, and the latest update said that the read only version should be going to the Canary channel soon. So its still WIP……

  • Jan Puchta

    dear google
    please sell the chromebook pixel cheaper and in germany too
    so you solve most wanted

  • andrea

    Guys, you forgot to mention a 4:3 screen , that s the basic key feature for a good Chromebook experience.

    • João Victor Schiavo

      Oh, good, please no.

  • Anonymoused

    I’d love to see a Chromebook with an IPS screen, 4gb+ RAM, 32gb+ ssd that also has a good set of speakers, 1080p resolution, and uses a micro usb charger. Besides that, a half decent webcam (as opposed to the trash on most) would be nice. If not, DON’T INCLUDE ONE AT ALL! I have a USB webcam or two. Don’t raise the price for a shoddy webcam.

    Basically, an HP 11, but faster and with a better processor and resolution. I actually don’t care at all about screen size. Screen quality is all that matters.

    • dinaboo

      Agree… 1080p IPS, 4GB, 32GB, microUSB charging for 2014

      • MeTooooo

        For 2015,
        Higher than 1080p with SuperAmoledUltra Plus
        6GB of RAM
        64GB storage
        microUSB charging with RAPID CHARGE
        Ability to run Linux apps or at least AndroidStudio.

  • Jacob Ebelher

    We’re pretty close to the prefect Chromebook with Acer’s newest model, but I really think the biggest thing is build quality. 1080p screens and 4GBs of RAM is pretty much a given now, but I would be will to pay a bigger price for an aluminum case. Just having not only the premium feel but also the security that you won’t snap the hinges would be amazing.

  • Dude

    I love Chromebooks, but the only thing that has ever bugged me is the lack of ram. I know that Chromebooks don’t need a lot of ram, but sometimes even 4GB starts to slow if I have two youtube videos open at once. I feel like Google has provided the perfect OS, but put unnecessary limitations by having so little ram.

  • Rickey Shortt

    As much as I am embracing Chrome OS and keeping things cloud based, I think the biggest problem hardware-wise are the 16 GB hard drives. I think 32 GB should be an absolute minimum, with maybe 64 GB available as an option on some devices. The truth is many people can’t always be online, and while they will probably never be as full-featured (and bloated) as more traditional OS’s, I see Chromebooks becoming increasingly offline capable and having more packaged apps available. These things take up space, especially if they store data for offline use. And with select Android apps coming in the future, storage space will become a bigger problem.

    Right now, most people probably can’t save more than a couple movies for offline use with the Google Play Movies app. If they ever add the ability to “pin” offline music and photo albums from those respective apps as well, it will be a problem. And it would be nice to have the space to pin more files from Google drive as well, not to mention being able to spare a GB or two for offline notebooks if the coming Evernote Android app allows that.

    Most of my other wants are software related, but there is surprisingly little I’m pining for that I haven’t at least read may be coming, like basic document scanning, select Android apps, MTP support for Android devices, a few more basic features to the built in photo editor like cropping constraints, and the ability to open and create encrypted zip files.

    I would also like to see a packaged Chrome app that would allow editing exif data, or better yet have that added to the files app as a right click context item for Properties and have editing those properties as an additional function.

    • Frederic MANSON

      I agree for the storage space. The more Chrome OS is becoming offline, the more space I need for my tasks and media files. 64 gigs is the correct size for a Chromebook. Lesser is just ridicule.

      • Rickey Shortt

        For sure. I mean really don’t mind keeping some local files on an sd card or flash drive, and in fact, I have my “Downloads” folder on an sd card. This is also where I keep stuff that isn’t ready for the cloud yet, like unculled, unedited photos. This even has the advantage of keeping those files portable, so I can take just the card from home to work with me instead of the Chromebook, and maybe still be able to work on stuff I don’t want in the cloud just yet. I also keep a small external 750 GB hard drive handy for local for local backups and originals of of all my photos, music, and movies even though I keep and use all of the first two in the cloud. Nevertheless, I want the ability to have Chrome and its apps cache or pin more stuff for offline access and have similar capabilities as my phone or tablet does.

        • dinaboo

          Saving files on external SD card is insecure. The internal storage is secure as only the person that have the password to specific account can open it.

          • Rickey Shortt

            No disagreement there, but for keeping a couple gigs of local mps (the mp3 player uses a LOT less RAM than Google Play Music, something I keep in mind if I am trying to do a lot of things at once), a couple mp4 movies, unculled and unedited photos from a hiking vacation, etc., I am not overly worried about security. For more sensitive things though, I am with you.

    • dinaboo

      Agree. Well said.
      I have many times voices the same concern about the storage size but receive cold response from the chromeOS community. In glad someone think the same as me.

  • jjjack

    I would be content if upgrading ram and storage was easier/possible, and wiping chrome to install a proper distro was easier.

    • dinaboo

      I prefer dual boot Ubuntu & chromeOS

  • Backlit keyboard for sure.

    • dinaboo

      I like backlit keyboard too. But for me IPS, higher Res (1080p) and more RAM & storage were more important

  • Aaron Porter

    I just want more storage, and a 1600×900 IPS panel for the old chromebook 14. Or an old HP chromebook 11 with a Haswell.

    • Anonymoused

      Yes, to the HP 11 with a Haswell (or tegra) paired with 4GB RAM.

  • Mark Stevenson

    Fully open hardware and an easy way to get rid of ChromeOS.

    • Rickey Shortt

      ? Just curious, but if you don’t like Chrome OS in the first place, why not just buy a cheap Windows laptop then? You could probably get slightly better hardware and an OS that would probably be easier to get rid of with one of those cheap low end ones they keep calling Chromebook Killers. They probably won’t run Windows worth a crap, but would probably do well with Linux.

    • João Victor Schiavo

      Simple, don’t buy a chromebook.

    • MeTooooo

      Why would you buy Chromebook if you want to get rid of the ChromeOS? You should buy ‘regular’ notebook instead.

  • João Victor Schiavo

    Touchscreen in 6th?
    Ohh… ='(

  • João Victor Schiavo

    There are a lot of things to improve. If you gave us 5 choices instead of 3, the webcam wouldn’t be at almost the last one. u.u

    Everyone wants better webcams.

  • moe

    For me it would be more software customization/personalization. i think allowing users more ways to make their chromebooks feel their own is important. Another would be widgets, i love Android widgets would like to see them implemented into chrome os. A more suitable notifications tray thats fits within chrome os would be nice, i don’t like how this one feels cluttered with in everything else. Another which i think would make it much better is multitasking more suitable for chrome os. These are just personel preferences i hope to see in the future.

    This is a rare opportunity thanks for the opportunity.

  • pixelstuff

    The other item I would say every Chromebook needs is a GSM/LTE radio, or it should be an option for every model.

    • MeTooooo

      I (partly) agree with the GSM/LTE radio. I think GSM (2G) is really useless because it’s way too slow. But 3G (WCDMA) and 4G (LTE) should be an option. As of Ethernet Jack, I think it’s really unnecessary, No one really use Ethernet Jack anyway. And you can also buy $20 cheap router, plug it in your ethernet, and your chromebook can use the internet from that Ethernet cable.

      • pixelstuff

        The Ethernet jack would be handy when troubleshooting routers, access points, access control systems, pbx, etc. It would be nice if one day Chromebooks could be just as useful as a Windows laptop, but if not a single one has an Ethernet jack, that becomes unlikely, regardless of what kind of native client software gets written.

        • Anonymoused

          One of the first articles I read on this website after purchasing my HP 11 was useful accessories for the Chromebook. One item included on the list was a $10 USB ethernet adapter. I don’t see why them not having one would be a problem when there’s already a widely-used/manufactured, cheap solution.

    • mediumsizedrob

      Yup, the next chromebook I buy will have one of these I think. Tethering is too much of a pain and kills my phone.

    • dinaboo

      Slash gear just have a review of lonovo n20p chromebook. It had RJ45 port.

  • Eldaria

    Well I have Touchscreen on my Acer C720P, but what I miss is Java support (Not Java Script).

    • x4zta9q4AEsJ5gP


      Go back to your hacked Windows PC than.

      • Eldaria

        Oh that was such an intelligent comment. I have not used Windows since Windows XP was cool. And I have no plans to use it either. If anything I would get another Linux or a Mac but why would I when I already have both? I like my Chromebook, I voted for back-lit keyboard, I would not mind having a better screen but it is not a must, the model I picked has the memory it needs, it is not slow so CPU is good, and since I have 1TB of cloud storage and fast internet I don’t need that much local storage. The article only listed Hardware features as options in the poll. But a Chromebook is not just the hardware, it is a platform. And I have several sites that needs Java, so this would be a nice feature to have.

  • Pietro Giovani

    i choose the possibilty of launching all the apps wich are on my android phone (galaxy s4) on my chromebook !!!

  • x4zta9q4AEsJ5gP

    A better CPU and RAM that can handle around 20 tabs open with 4 HD YouTube streams going.

    I am currently using a HP 14 and I find it under powered.

    • dinaboo

      You need top of the line chromebook pixel

      • Anonymoused

        I need the money for the Pixel :(

      • x4zta9q4AEsJ5gP

        Nah just a chromebook that has an i3 and 6 GB of RAM

  • Guest

    I’d like access to network shares, be it smb or nfs

  • Enzzo

    I just want chromebook pixel in my country.
    With a acceptable price.

  • Wessom

    Having owned the Samsung 550 for a couple of years, I’d say the main feature new Chromebooks are missing is a display with a 16:10 aspect ratio

    • Aaron Porter

      Yeah, I’d love a chromebook with a 4:3 display. Of course with a price under $500

  • Bill O’Dwyer

    What with the Nexus devices being so good for developers and easy to root/flash, I would love to see more support for installing Linux-based distributions on chromebooks.

  • Really surprised backlit keyboard isn’t #1 on this poll.

    It’s near enough impossible to use a non-backlit keyboard in the dark without messing up constantly.

    • Anonymoused

      Really surprised it’s on the poll at all. It’s 2014, guys. You should touch-type by now. I’ve not had to look at a keyboard to type since I was ten, eleven years ago. If you, for whatever reason, need a quick glance at your keyboard, the light from the screen really is more than bright enough to help you in that respect.

      • That’s a valid point. I can touch type with a fairly high degree of accuracy, but I still like to be able to see the keys when I look down from time to time.

        • Anonymoused

          I’d like to see more answers on this, as it really baffles me why many people consider it a very important and occasionally deal-breaking feature, criticizing new devices that lack it as if it should be standard. The way I see it is if you’re using your laptop this often for work, you’ve got enough experience in typing that besides maybe a quick glance after a trail of typos to operate without looking at the keyboard.

          • A good example was last night, when I refreshed Netflix instead of setting it to fullscreen.

            Whether you can touch type or not, being able to see the Keyboard is always better than not being able to see the keyboard. I don’t quite know why this is such a hard thing to understand?

          • Anonymoused

            Because it’s not as though as it’s impossible to see the keyboard without a light behind it. The light from the monitor or even ambient lighting around you (which exists unless you’ve got no electronics + blackout curtains) is more than bright enough for that quick glance down.

  • rohan sharma

    surprise too see their is no option for “improved offline capabilities”. Everytime we are not online. And also it needs more cpu power.In my openion chromebooks are still far away behind from mac and windows.If google continue to use these ARM chips and intel celeron. We can’t even compare them with dual core intel powered laptops.I used bought chromebooks and just used it for 2 days.Lack of more high end features and controlling options make it just a browser. Even android which is made for phones have far better feautures than what google so called chromebooks and compare them with today’s laptop.If chromebook stay away with offline features than it will not succes and only short lived success.Just like german govermant opted to go for linux intead of windows and later admitted it was huge mistake.Same will be the case of chromebooks .If they dont make it advance os like mac and just remain like a chrome browser

    • mediumsizedrob

      That’s sort of the point though. Chromebooks are supposed to be simple and basic (and inexpensive.) It would defeat the purpose to keep pushing them to be more comparable to windows/mac laptops. It seems like future plans include an OS that looks less “browser-ish” but I seriously doubt they will go very far down the road you’re hoping for.

    • Aaron Porter

      Yeah, It’s not meant to be a Windows/Mac replacement. It’s meant to supplement, but I see a few people only using chrome os, and they love it!

  • Sean Lumly

    The things I would most like are not represented on the list. Here they go!

    1) Many more apps — There’s nothing preventing ChromeOS from having apps as sophisticated as anything you’ll find on a traditional OS, thanks to NaCl and ASM.js (near-native execution code/environment). Right now, while there is a lot of great software, there’s room to grow.

    2) A great video-playing app — This (I feel) warrants its own point. Something with the flexibility of VLC would fill a great need for me, and I suspect many others.

    3) WebCL — This is a developer thing, but it will allow using the compute of the GPU in applications. This is a specification in the works by Khronos (the OpenGL folk), and hopefully will find its way into Chrome and ChromeOS before long.

    These aren’t chromebook (hardware) features, so this is slightly off topic..

    • blazewon22

      Haven’t had any problems playing .MP4 videos on planes offline with Video Player. It would be nice to have GMusic with Offline capabilities.

      • Sean Lumly

        Yeah, MP4s work well, but I would also love the ability to play things without the need to transcode them (and I find the transcoding process to be hit-or-miss, and I’m not sure why).

      • Aaron Porter

        I’d love offline support for GMusic! They did it for movies, why not your music library too?


    As a Chromebook pixel user with very little complaints, an i5 with 4GB RAM is more than enough, I haven’t experienced any lags. With the TB of drive storage I don’t use local storage at all and felt no need to install Linux.

    From where I see google going with material design and android apps coming to chromebooks, I’d say the next gen of chromebooks should merge with Nexus’s tablet line and go for Surface 3 and knock them out of the park. The whole touchscreen laptop/tablet hybrid thing. The dock keyboard could offer the touchscreen more battery life and processing and be nice to type on for extended sessions.

    • blazewon22

      Wholeheartedly agree Charles_Garrett! I love my Pixel and just want extended battery life and fanless if possible. I put an AT&T sim card in it and really love the flexiblity it offers.

      • Rich

        The only thing stopping me from getting the Pixel was the battery life. And if it was a couple hundred dollars cheaper, that would be nice.

  • Jo

    I would like an optical sound output.

    • ant

      Use Chromecast to provide your A/V Receiver!?

      • Jo

        No, I have a normal hifi stereo receiver. The sound quality is too low for that receiver. I use a normal media player now (DUNE) but I would like a more versatile HTPC. It has to have an excellent sound chip though.

  • Solomon Otoo

    I understand Google is aiming for the low end market but it can do better. There is a market for more premium Chromebooks (not at Pixel prices though).

    Provide other CPU options besides Celerons. A low end ULV i3 or i5 would be nice. At least 4 GB of ram should be standard in all Chromebooks.

    Give options for better displays (IPS, PLS, etc) at good resolutions (1440×900 or higher). And please please please get backlit keyboards into some Chromebooks.

    • ant
      • Solomon Otoo

        That’s a start but it has a terrible screen and no backlit keyboard. It seems like all the Chromebooks are compromised. Nothing has come with the complete package yet (looks, quality, performance, cost).

  • mediumsizedrob

    I’d love the rumored phone-unlock feature or something similar. Having to type in my onepassword generated password every time I start it up is a huge hassle.

    • use a easy password, but combine it with 2 step login.. it will solve your problems

  • blazewon22

    I just want a fanless Pixel with a 10 hour battery life. That’s it, that’s all….

    • Homer J. Simpson

      And I just want a portal gun. That’s it. That’s all.

    • Vaykadji

      Easy enough IMO, but you can’t be afraid of the price then. ~1600$ ?

      • blazewon22

        I wasn’t scared of getting the original pixel so this wouldn’t bother me. Cheaper than a Macbook Pro.

  • Pam Lynn

    Maybe also add a newsgroup reader for other type usernet. And more way to get your favorite tv news station that is in that chromebook user’s area. And maybe a way to use bots for the chats I sign in to.

  • sonicyoof

    Here’s what I want:
    1) (Decent) matte screen
    2) Fanless
    3) Small/light

    • Nice list. Better term: 3) Lightweight
      I almost read “Small light” and was like wtf?! xD

  • Avishkar Manna

    All I want is a better quality display and more importantly, to me at least, is a backlit keyboard.

  • João Victor Schiavo

    Micro-USB charging? No, please no. Oh, good, please no.
    Are you freaking crazy?

    I have been waiting for too long and it was finally released!
    Screw old USBs!
    Brace yourselves,


    (that’s one of my most requested features for a chromebook. yeah, really)

  • moe

    will anyone even look at this?

    • LeDisquser

      Good question.
      I’m quite sure no one will ever care. Most profitable brands live with a ‘we know it better attitude’.
      They would have to find themselves in the same situation as Blackberry in order to start listening to their users.

  • Rubin

    1.Better battery
    2.Better display

  • Curtis Mitchell

    Looks like the three things I called for are the top three! Essentially though, I am very happy with where the software is at this point. Google Drive integration is great. Docs has improved in usability and I rarely boot to Linux anymore. Chrome OS meets all my needs now (except, maybe, for a better media player). With that in mind what I really want is just a premium device…something with a decent keyboard, decent screen, and nice case design. A ThinkPad X1 Carbon Chrome OS edition would do!

  • Rich

    ALL I want:
    11 inch display
    IPS 1080p with touchscreen option
    4GB RAM with i3 processor
    8 hr+ battery life

    IF possible:
    fanless design
    good speakers
    10+ hour battery life
    light weight
    backlit keyboard
    good touch pad
    720p webcam
    2+ USB 3 ports
    Full HDMI
    microUSB charger in addition to regular charger
    SD card slot
    32GB+ SSD

    If a chromebook had all of those, I’d pay a good amount because it would pretty much be the final chromebook I need.

  • Smallwheels

    These are what I want and it is more than three things. 1080P IPS or better screen. Small 11.6″ size. At least 3 USB 3 connections. The K1 by Nvidia is good. Any improvement on that would be welcome. SD card reader for me. HDMI will be needed by me eventually but not right now. I definitely want a minimum of 4 GB RAM. Having the RAM and SSD upgradable by the user would be a plus for me. I’m fine with the 16 GB SSD because there are SD card slots in most of the Chrome OS devices.

    I really really want Chrome OS to work with plug in media devices like CD and DVD players and writers. They must have good programs to play the CDs and DVDs too.

    I want plug in printing. I don’t want to always send my printing jobs to STAPLES or other such places to have them print my documents. Sometimes I just need a couple of sheets. I’m not buying a wireless printer just to work with Chrome OS.

  • A perfect Chromebook for me would be one with approx 15″ IPS screen, high DPI (>250, i.e. 4k or “retina”), a good screen while browsing and crisp font rendering is a must! Backlit keyboard so I can use it in th dark. Decent speakers for Spotify & YouTube. x86 chipset with approx 2GHz processor and around 4 GB RAM for good performance.

  • Caleb Goldwaser

    The ability to run java programs

  • pathway2

    The poll does not recognize the three things we want (and by “we”, I mean the school district I work for) most out of a Chromebook:

    1) Battery Life – We purchase Chromebooks for mobile carts in our schools. We expect them to have batteries that last. Current battery life is acceptable on many Chromebooks, but more would always be better.

    2) Price – The reasons why we are going with Chromebooks are many, including compatibility with our testing software and ease of use… but the fact that the Chromebooks are capable computers for less than half the cost of desktop machines may be one of our biggest deciding factors. I’m happy with the current $199-$249 pricing, and I hope to continue to see Chromebooks at these prices with the excellent build quality we have seen thus far.

    3) Ruggedness – Being in schools and being in the hands of children of all ages, the occasional dropped Chromebook happens. Happily, they are cheap enough that they are nearly disposable. But any improvement to make them survive drops and spills is always appreciated.

  • Joseph Dickson

    I don’t know why everyone seems to want a 13+ inch display. Portability, weight and the long battery life in an 11″ form factor is why I bought a Chromebook. Bigger is not always better.

    • JoeM

      Because some of us are 6’5″ and need room to type with big hands. Same reason I own a galaxy mote 3. Its not always about display.

      • Joseph Dickson

        True, but not everyone is The Incredible Hulk. Some of us are closer to Ant-Man and many users are in grade school.

        • JoeM

          Never said anyone was the hulk. was simply giving you my reason for wanting bigger than 11″ CB. In my case bigger is not just better, it’s necessary. Glad you’re not designing the next gen of CB’s and smartphones or I’d still be doubling key hitting every time I type.

    • Sylvain Pollet

      I think the same about smartphones, it becomes increasingly difficult to find a decent 4 inch smartphone. But while portability is obviously a major argument for smartphones, it is not my primary concern with Chromebooks. I want to use my Chromebook as a comfortable workstation to replace my 17’inch laptop. Of course, everyone does not have the same use, but all we ask is to have the choice. Give me one 15 inch model and I’ll buy it.

  • arthurlr

    I want to be able to use a “ChromeTablet” for all my online needs:-
    – Read my newspaper subscriptions
    – browsing
    – Occasional email (email ‘proper’ on a laptop.)

    So I would like
    – a 15.6″ slate (you need that size to read broadsheets)
    – touchscreen
    – no keyboard to reduce weight
    – Wi-Fi (3G as an option)
    – SSD 32GB
    – Rounded edges so it is comfortable on my lap

  • I could use an ethernet port. For reliable and faster connection.

  • Amy Lamb

    I build websites and design my own graphics. My goto app on a Windows OS was Paint, which was one of the ‘Accessories’ items that I used since, like forever, at least since the mid 90s. I have downloaded several Google Store programs touted to be similar, but none of them had the simplicity of ‘cleaning up’ clipart, creating buttons, bars, arrows, etc,. color matching, changing, etc. Anybody know an online app that can do that? I’m tired of jumping on and off my heavy, hot, slow Windows computer, just to create my graphics. Anybody??? Thanks

  • TonyL

    There are only 2 things that stop me using my Dell CB all day, every day.

    1) the screen is rubbish. It’s IPS I need more than size.

    2) the lack of full featured MS Office.

    Whilst there are plenty of apps I need to turn to my Windows 8.1 laptop for, for me – and I am sure many business users – it is the lack of “offline” Office that is the deal-breaker.

    BTW the idea that CBs load quicker than Windows laptops is basically not true. My Lenovo Z580 loads in 12 seconds and shuts down instantly. The issue is the cost – but then the screen is 15″ and better quality by far, it has (now) a 1TB SSD drive, a DVD drive and a 3.1 GHz i5 proc.

    It will be interesting to see what MS comes up with for Windows 9 on cheap hardware.

  • Gary Graf

    Really surprised screen size is not higher. Anything less than 15 inches is awful to use.

  • Ade

    I would suggest a premium Chromebook with a metal unibody? They still feel really ‘plasticky’.

    • othesick

      i prefer the plastic feel. i dont like full metal bodys they just add to the price and make it more slippery to hold

  • João Victor Schiavo

    Why is so hard to make a perfect chromebook? T.T

    – Good LCD IPS 16:9 screen FHD/QHD with touch
    – i3/i5/Tegra K1 64 bits options of CPUs (and SoC)
    – 4 GB of RAM DDR4 expandable
    – 64 GB SSD (that can be changed)
    – USB 3.1 TYPE-C conector (plus two 3.1 TYPE-A ports for retrocompatibility)
    – Backlit keyboard that automatically adjusts its brightness
    – 10+ hours of battery life
    – Good HD/FHD camera
    – Quality speakers
    – Availability in many sizes (11.6’/13’/15′)
    – SD card slot
    – HDMI output
    – Different slots for mic and headphone
    – Optional 4G slot

    It’s all I want. :3

    Ah, and OnLive support, please.

    (also it could be a thin, light and beautiful tablet, that could stick with a keyboard, run both Android and Chrome OS, have 24+ hours of battery life, and…)

    (ok, actually all I want is FHD/touch/i5/x64/4/32/TYPE-C/10+/13′)

    • othesick

      quite a lot can already do some of those things. i dont get the need for more storage. the whole point of chrome os is its all in the clouds

      • João Victor Schiavo

        But Android apps are coming.
        32 GB is the minimum acceptable now.

        • othesick

          yeah and the person who posted that comment wants 64. wanting more and more on board storage is kind of against the whole point of chrome os wouldnt you agree? i get it with the android apps but most android phones (as far as i know) dont have 64gb of on board storage. they are available but most people dont need that much especially with sd cards. my point is that if an android phone doesnt need 64gb of on board storage then why would a chromebook?

          • João Victor Schiavo

            I am that person lol

            But i get your point. I think that 32 should be the minimal, and 64 as an option.

    • DDR4 is not compatible with the Tegra or any i3 or i5. None of those criteria you listed can be fulfilled together with current technology.
      How about you try it? Instead of making a list of criteria, make a list of actual physical parts (the specific display, the exact CPU to use, the exact RAM DIMMs, the exact SSD, and that keyboard. Most importantly, those 10+ hours of battery life. That’s not possible.

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