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I am thinking about buying a chrome book but could use some advice


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#1 goodluckman65

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Posted 19 February 2018 - 06:46 AM

I am planning a 2 month trip to Italy and Greece to shoot some short video clips and photos for power point presentations.  I feel that I need some kind of inexpensive lap top just to organize my work each day.  The chrome book looks  good for price and weight.  but can I do the things I want to do?  Can I work off line or is it all  online based.

Will I be able to catalogue my photos, short videos and do some light editing?  I do not want to spend a lot of money as I plan to build a $1500 desk top when I get home.  Any other alternatives that could be recommended?

 

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Posted 19 February 2018 - 07:34 AM

Many are quite happy with them, but many are not due to not being able to use some familiar programs.  IMO do some Googling for the pros & Cons.


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Posted 19 February 2018 - 09:36 AM

The answer to your question really hinges on exactly what you have in mind when you say, "catalogue my photos, short videos and do some light editing."

 

You could certainly upload photos & videos and organize them into folders.  I do not know what photo/video editing apps are available under Chrome OS.

 

As OldPhil said, doing some web research on that as well as photo organizing/cataloging software under ChromeOS would be your best bet.  You should also consider an inexpensive netbook that runs Windows, as the price differential is minimal and (if you're a Windows user, and it sounds as though you are) you'll be able to have a far more familiar world and work experience.  Even the cheapest of Windows laptops can easily be used for the tasks you outline, and they're not all that much more than a Chromebook, either.

 

Also, be sure to purchase a backup drive as well.  You do not want your photos and videos to exist strictly as a single copy.


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Posted 19 February 2018 - 10:08 AM

If you live near a staples or best buy, look at the weekly deals. I don't know how much you plan on paying for the chromebook but you can pick up a decent Windows computer on sale.

 

https://www.staples.com/Acer-Aspire-3-A315-21-95K-15-6-Notebook-AMD-A9-1TB-HDD-6GB-RAM-Windows-10-AMD-Radeon-R5-Graphics/product_2716184

 

Chromebooks are pretty much online based. If you can spend a little more I would recommend a Windows computer for what you plan on doing.



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Posted 19 February 2018 - 10:46 AM

Thanks for the advice

I will check out a net book

What I meant by cataloging is to get it out of the camera

and in a folder on my external drive.  Later to use these photos for power point.

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Posted 19 February 2018 - 10:55 AM

Given what you're describing, along with the editing, I'd spring a couple of extra bucks for a low-end Windows laptop, which will more than fulfill your needs while on the road.

 

Also take a look at FastStone Image Viewer, Irfanview, [both of which also edit] & GIMP (if you want really complex editing capabilities) all of which are free.

 

Even though it's no longer officially supported by Google, I find Picasa V3.9 to be an invaluable tool for photo cataloging and organization (and particularly for finding something I know I have but have forgotten where I put it, exactly).


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Posted 19 February 2018 - 05:51 PM

Chromebooks can be good but at the same time they do have limitations, if you are planning on video editing then a chromebook is a no no.

 

They are better for those with limited needs like my mom who use their chromebook solely for browsing, but if you are looking for a cheap laptop there may be better options.


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Posted 19 February 2018 - 08:30 PM

Wen you say cheap can you give me an idea what you call cheap?

Would a lap top with Intel HD graphics do what I want.  I always felt a dedicated card is best but then the lap top is heavier

and weight is a consideration on this trip.



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Posted 19 February 2018 - 08:45 PM

Have you seen this article?

 

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/chromebook-buying-advice


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Posted 19 February 2018 - 08:50 PM

Wen you say cheap can you give me an idea what you call cheap?

Would a lap top with Intel HD graphics do what I want.  I always felt a dedicated card is best but then the lap top is heavier

and weight is a consideration on this trip.

 

 

Well anything from the $300 to the $600 range is where I would aim for, as anything lower may not offer you the best options


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Posted 19 February 2018 - 08:50 PM

It looks as if you may not be able to do much without internet service.


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Posted 19 February 2018 - 09:19 PM

""These machines are designed to be used primarily while connected to the Internet, with most applications and documents living in the cloud. ""


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