billthegunowner wrote:Only 16GB of storage? How much of that is taken up by the Chrome OS?
Mine has 9.3 GB free space, with no user files on it. It started with a ~6 GB swap file, to my surprise, although I was going to create one anyway. That means the ChromeOS installation is negligible; I think at one point I read it was ~500 MB.
You really don't need much internal storage, though. You're not installing any applications on it, can throw in a full-size SD card, and have gigabytes of free space on Google Drive.
radi0j0hn wrote:Anybody care that this OS is an open window for Google to see everything you do?
It's cute that you think you're special enough for Google to care what you're doing.
aggiejd wrote:These being refurbished, I would definitely recommend NOT BUYING. I used to think Woot was a great place to buy discounted electronics and high quality refurbished goods, but I truly am regretting it now. I just bought a 50" TV for several hundred dollars from woot. It arrived DoA. I've sent about 4 messages to Woot and customer service, both from "contact us" and "support" and email addresses that turned up after internet searching for contacts. I have yet to hear a single word back from Woot. They are not willing to talk to their customers anymore. Don't believe me? Their forums are full of people saying the same things these days. There is no phone number to call for support. They shut down their email contacts (firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com) so the ONLY way to contact them now is via the website - which they clearly ignore.
Save yourself a huge hassle. Buy somewhere else.
Wrong, wrong, and wrong.
There's nothing wrong with buying refurbished products, and I'm not going to go into detail here explaining why; you're big enough to use Google. As I posted previously, I'm using my refurbished HP Chromebook right now, and it's perfect, like new.
Woot has good, attentive support. It might not be FAST, but they've always been helpful. I too bought a TV that was damaged during transit; Woot support replied to me, paid for return shipping, and gave a full refund. Done and done.
If you've contacted Woot support and not received a response in a couple of days, I'd have to assume the messages have been filtered out for some reason. It can't just be that they're ignoring you, and helping me out. (And I've bought a TON of stuff from Woot - check my signature.)
sigmaX wrote:Hi! I travel into USA a lot ... and need a device like this for mails and casual web work. I am wondering, as a non US Resident, is it still possible to use the 200mb per month ? Or does it ask for a social security number on registering ?
Another question: If you do not use it for -say 4 months- does Tmobile shuts down the offer on you ?
Thanks for any enlightening
Yes, you can use the 4G connection regardless of who you are. In fact, any time you're asked for your SSN in a setting that's not something like a credit application, government business, or medical care, it's probably a scam. All you really need is a name and e-mail address.
Also, most likely they will not cut off access after a period of non-use, nor will they charge a "maintenance fee" or anything like that.
chriscmsed wrote:I purchased this same item for $20 more and with only 2 years of free 4g (not lifetime). Will WOOT respectfully upgrade my 4g to todays lifetime deal?
It actually appears to be a T-Mobile thing; they've changed their business model to be less of a traditional mobile service, and I guess they updated the free data offer.
tanaise wrote:Oh, you underestimate my skill at being clumsy. I could totally still drop those on concrete in an milisecond. I'd need something more like a hamster ball/zorb, but that makes typing so complicated unless I'm in the ball with it, and that's just impractical.
Panasonic still makes Toughbooks.
timasdf wrote:Can I take the Micro SD card out of a GoPro Hero3+ Black, stick it in the SD slot (using a regular-size SD adapter) and view the video?
Online sources seem either non-committal or say it won't work...but these were mostly older forum posts, so things may have changed.
Anyone know for sure?
Can't say for sure, but I would be reasonably comfortable saying it will work. The Chromebook can play common A/V formats and I would be surprised if the GoPro devices recorded in a proprietary format. If you can do the same (play recorded files directly off the SD card) with other OSs (without having to install codecs) then it will probably be fine on ChromeOS.
killakat wrote:Has anyone considered or observed the battery lifespan of these Chromebooks? This model has a non-removable battery, and the 'book is refurbished. I would hate having to discard the whole device because the battery only lasted for 91 days...
As multiple owners of this exact device have posted in this thread, these Chromebooks have FANTASTIC battery life. Even as refurbs, they're new enough where they're going to have most of the life left in the battery, so don't be worried.
retropug wrote:To someone that has one of these units already, I have a few questions: If I have .mp4 and .avi movies on my home PC and would like to view these movies on this chromebook would dragging them off my PC and onto a micro SD or USB 3.0 thumbdrive and plugging into the chromebook allow me to watch these movies offline using say a similar app like I have on my phone? If not can the files be viewed via the browser somehow? And I would like to not have to convert them..basically drag and drop. If I can play the videos is it possible to output them via HDMI to my TV? Also if you have the google play store on the chromebook can you download different android apps and use them as long as they do not require touch? Do people "sideload" apps as-well on these units? And lastly I was trying to see if there are any supported game emulators that do not require you to be online to run on these units. THANKS if anyone happens to know!
I addressed this above, but basically, yes, you can view common A/V formats directly off an SD card. ChromeOS has support built-in, and like everything else in ChromeOS videos open in either their own window or a tab in the "browser." You will not have to convert common file formats. And yes, HDMI-out works exactly as you'd expect it to.
As far as application support, you can only really run things that are available in the Chrome Web Store. Some things that don't need network access (say, a calculator app) may install fully and run offline, but most of what you do in the OS is accessing content online.
Here is a category of apps in the store that explicitly state they'll run offline:
jertyler wrote:I bought a Chromebook last week and just had time to check it out today. The chassis appears to be bent and the bottom of the machine does not sit flat on a level surface.
This is the second time I've had a defect in one of the HP refurbs and I don't want to miss this price by requesting an RMA and just getting a refund. I suppose my only option is to order another one and get the refund after the defective unit is received by Woot. Frustrating drawback of a sellout sale.
I really like these machines and think that they are a great value at this price. Hoping the next one is in better shape.
This is kind of moot because the sale is basically over, but these will show up again soon as they certainly have some left over. Generally if you contact support with an issue you have to return for a refund as they don't keep stock for exchanges. Consequently your best option is to simply buy a new one and RMA the other one.
csdegarmo wrote:Does anyone know if this is locked to t-mobile or can I use a sim from another carrier (when traveling in Africa for example)?
These are not locked, however if you travel you may run into a situation where the foreign country uses different frequencies for their data networks so you'll be stuck with 2G/3G signals. It will most likely work though.