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Pros: For a long time I didn’t even consider ChromeOS, or any Chromebook. I didn’t think it could be very useful. As it turns out ChromeOS is quite a bit more than I thought it was. But I’ll go into more on that later. For now, let’s start with shipping. Everything you need to begin using your LG Chromebook is included in the box. It’s packaged very well and includes: a mouse, a keyboard, a stand in 3 parts, base, stand and cover. It also includes the power cable and instruction manual. Make sure you fill out the registration card and send it in right away.
I am pleasantly surprised with the quality of the included mouse and keyboard. I didn’t expect much but they look clean, the keypress action is clean yet firm and feels like it will last a long time. Unlike a Windows computer’s keyboard this keyboard has no “F” keys. (Ex: F1, F2…) Instead there are media controls for the volume, a “lock” button to lock the computer which requires input of your google account password to unlock, what I assume are brightness icons, but as they didn’t adjust the screens brightness for me I’m not sure, an “alt+tab” button, meaning it brings up all your open windows or “apps” and allows you cycle through them, a full-screen button and refresh button and a left and right arrow. “Esc” is still there.
I was pleasantly surprised to learn that there are some administration application available in the Chrome Web Store already. They aren’t very polished yet and the functionality is limited, but it makes me optimistic that within a few years you could replace your entire IT infrastructure with ChromeOS systems, which would save millions of dollars every year for large corporations. Virtualization, remote access, accounting software, all there. I look forward to seeing these application mature over time!
This would be a really great system for web chatting, skype and the like. Great “family” computer really. That’s the speed, ease of use, great webcam and vibrant screen, along with all the features offered by ChromeOS itself.
Cons: - Your only browser option is Google Chrome, no Firefox available :(
- Lacking many software applications, however this is due to the early nature of the OS. It is very young, and given how strong the base platform is I fully expect the more niche products to start making their way to ChromeOS; like Photoshop and MediaMonkey. I assume they will need to make browsers other than Chrome available in order to avoid the same legal issues that plagued Microsoft.
- There’s pretty much no internal storage. Enough to install all the apps you’d want, but not nearly enough to store music or pictures or video. Google wants you to do all this in the “cloud”, meaning the data is stored on their servers and you access it over the internet. The problem with this is 2-fold. 1. What if the internet goes down? You can no longer access any of your data, my internet is down whenever there’s a storm, and isn’t very fast to begin with, so that’s a massive problem. 2. Security. There was recently just ANOTHER round of “leaked” pictures thanks to someone hacking into iCloud accounts. Which is Apple’s offering for “cloud” storage. It’s not very secure, and really once you store your data, your personal information, on someone else’s computer (which is what a server is, a powerful computer) they can do whatever they want with it. They can make all the great claims they want, but ultimately possession is 9/10ths of the law and if it’s on their server they possess it.
Other Thoughts: Overall, I’d say these computers (ChromeOS) would be fine for 90% of people in the world. Think about it, most people primarily use their phone/tablet and very rarely use an actual computer. ChromeOS is kind of like a half way point between a full power operating system like Linux or Windows and a mobile OS like Android or iOS. However a few things need to change, politically, unfortunately, before ChromeOS can ever really become what Google wants it to.
1. Data Caps need to go away, they’re a corruption of power and completely arbitrary. More data doesn’t cost your internet provider more money, so why should they get away with charging you more? They shouldn’t.
2. Internet speeds need to go WAY up! In the United States our internet is essentially unchanged since the early 2000’s, these ISP’s built out these networks and then just stopped. They didn’t keep upgrading and refuse to build more networking nodes. What fiber optic cable they have laid covers a meager percentage of the entire USA. This is largely why Google has started rolling out it’s own internet service, also because once you have a network built, selling internet access is literally 99.8% profit. Yep, their comparative costs are THAT low.
I’ve got slightly off topic here but basically what I’m saying is, the internet in the USA is about 1/100th as fast as it needs to be to fully utilize the ChromeOS platform.
Furthermore, with key applications unavailable on this system like Firefox, Photoshop, PowerDirector, and many other professional applications this platform just isn’t ready for people to work on, to produce on. It IS ready for them to surf the internet on, do social media, use any web based application like Google Docs, which is what I’m typing this review in right now. Not to mention the fact that there are no video games for this OS, they’ll need to get some market penetration and start really focusing on getting games like Titan Fall and Destiny on ChromeOS.
All in all this is a very promising platform that I’m really excited about now! I went into this very pessimistically and have come away hopeful and optimistic about the future of ChromeOS. It clearly has a lot of maturing to do in a lot of ways, but given how new it is and complex this industry is I am VERY impressed with the system as a whole. As for the LG Chromebook, LG makes top quality products, and this is no exception.
If you’re looking for a good system for your grandparents or a computer to put in the garage or kitchen, I HIGHLY recommend you check out ChromeOS. Though if you have a specific needs, a few things you NEED to be able to do with the computer, either search online to see if the apps you need are available in the Chrome Web Store or go into a store and search on one of their display models.
Pros: High quality components that are well made and sturdy. Sure to last a long time. I really like that they include SATA Express and M.2 for SSD's. Modern SSD's are now so fast they are capable of running even faster than the SATA connection will allow; these new features allow you to more fully realize the maximum potential of your SSD. Which means faster boot times, faster load times,
less waiting for levels to load in a video game and all around better performance from your PC. The Realtek ALC1150 is an amazing audio chipset that will fully utilize the potential of any home theater system you have. If you're only using headphones the sound will be crystal clear! Furthermore it has a built in Amplifier that boosts the fidelity of the audio quality to such a degree
this motherboard would be perfect for doing professional audio work, but at a price anyone can afford!
The BIOS is clean while offering every option you could ever want from a motherboards BIOS. The included Cloud software allows you to use your mobile device to control your desktop, just another feature Gigabyte offers to increase the value of their products!
Built in power surge protection, humidity protection, Electro static discharge protection AND some of the most efficient heat sinks in the industry. Even at load the Northbridge chipset didn't go over 40C.
Cons: It can't cook?
Other Thoughts: Gigabyte is one of the foremost names in computer components. They make a wide range of top quality part available at competitive prices, often times offering the lowest price, for the highest quality gear. This specific motherboard is build on Intel's newest upper mainstream chipset, the Intel Z97. This supports all the newest (Haswell) CPU's as well as RAM up to DDR3 3000. It offers RAID support, has 2 PCI-E 3.0 ports, SATA express and M.2 for the newest SSD's and includes a plethora of protection to ensure this motherboard lasts longer than you could ever really need it to.
All in all, I highly recommend this motherboard, it's an incredible amount of features, options and durability regardless of price.
When you factor in the low price it becomes a no brainier :)
This review is from: Whetstone 75-SL126 36 LED Solar and Dynamo Powered Camping Lantern
Pros: Bright lights, many different levels of illumination. Crank power, solar and usb charging methods so you can get power however you want. Can provide easy power for your phone off the internal battery.
Other Thoughts: I haven't had a chance to test out the solar panel charging, I would assume it takes a very long time to charge from that though. It's just a few very small strips of solar cells, but still, nice to have all the same.READ FULL REVIEW
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