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Gonna be studying BSc Psychology at uni this year, I have never used a chromebook before so I don't know exactly how limiting they are. I don't really care for games or require any intense applications/programs which need high spec hardware. Anyone used a Chromebook for uni? They're cheap and if I don't require more than what they offer, why spend more money?
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I have one and it's perfect for me but it depends on each person individually, it's essentially just an internet browser so if everything you need to do will be online then it's no issue. You can get google play store on it (you'll have to google how to do this but I managed it so it can't be hard), and then you can download any android application you want including Microsoft word and that
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I have one and you can download Microsoft word, PowerPoint etc. Mine came with Google play store aswell and you can download any other necessary apps along with Google docs. It find that it's really good, so I do recommend it for Uni
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(Original post by omacmano98)
Gonna be studying BSc Psychology at uni this year, I have never used a chromebook before so I don't know exactly how limiting they are. I don't really care for games or require any intense applications/programs which need high spec hardware. Anyone used a Chromebook for uni? They're cheap and if I don't require more than what they offer, why spend more money?
I'll be using one but with a expensive tower PC in my room. They are simply laptops that work fully online so little software is every installed, yet still having enough capacity to run offline when required. There are online software such as google docs that allow you to do most work-based things. They don't need the performance as it's all done online through chrome. A good choice for people like yourself who don't require any specialist software and for those wanting a more portable device with their PC to work on elsewhere.

The more expensive ones will have tablet functionality as well as all this. So touch screen, android apps, etc...

I believe at Uni you will have access to public PCs if something unlikely isn't supported for some reason
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I genuinely recommend against Chromebooks. While you could technically complete a degree on it with no issues, they're just not ideal. Even if they offer everything you technically need, you'll likely want a larger screen and better hardware when you're trying to write an assignment with multiple tabs open, multiple papers that you need to source and so on. It's also not unreasonable to think you'll want a real laptop at some point, or that you won't always be online to retrieve files.

If you're going to spend a few hundred on a Chromebook, it makes far more sense to spend the extra hundred or 2 that nets you a real laptop. There's no good reason to restrict yourself with a Chromebook and I don't consider them to be good value in the slightest.
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I disagree because as a result of the power that Windows needs, a cheaper laptop or lower chipset can easily hinder the performance and function of the laptop. However, due to the basis of Chrome OS and the lightness of the software, you don't really need a high-end processor to have a good performance of your laptop, and as a result, you dont need as much RAM either. Just remember that Chrome OS does not function in any way as Chrome on a Windows laptop. There are many limitations in what software at the moment can run on Chrome OS, but the performance to price ratio is one I don't think Windows could ever match.
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