Overclock.net › Forums › Mobile Computing Forum › Laptops and Netbooks › Chromebook vs MacBook air
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Chromebook vs MacBook air

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
Should I be an early adopter of a chrome book? For 500$ I can get a samsung series 5 with 3G and 100mb free data per month. It's got a decent build quality, with a fantastic keyboard and a decent giant 1 button trackpad with 1 second on and 12 second boot. I absolutely love the minimalistic look with white on black. The only thing that worries me is the os, I will either love it or hate it. They do let you put whatever you want on it though, but 16 gb isn't slot I could maybe fit windows 7 and use a 32 gb sd card for space if I didn't like the chrome os, but I think it's got alot of potential, that's just a backup plan if it doesn't work out. Hmm


If I didn't buy that I would buy the MacBook air base model with 4gb of ram when the new one comes out.

I am trying to broaden out my os use as I've got a MacBook pro and a Linux desktop and a windows 7 gaming desktop, so chrome os does appeal to me in that sense.

Opinions?
My Rig
(14 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5 2500k @ 4ghz P67A-G43 MSI Sapphire 5850 4x4gb DDR3 1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
750GB Caviar black/ Samsung 120gb Lite on Windows 7 27 in LG/21.5 Portrait Acer 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
CM Storm quickfire rapid (reds)/Adesso numberpa... Corsair 850TX IN WIN GRone White G9X 
Audio
Modi/HeadboxS/HD558 
  hide details  
Reply
My Rig
(14 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5 2500k @ 4ghz P67A-G43 MSI Sapphire 5850 4x4gb DDR3 1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
750GB Caviar black/ Samsung 120gb Lite on Windows 7 27 in LG/21.5 Portrait Acer 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
CM Storm quickfire rapid (reds)/Adesso numberpa... Corsair 850TX IN WIN GRone White G9X 
Audio
Modi/HeadboxS/HD558 
  hide details  
Reply
post #2 of 11
Reviews say that it's far from hitting the intended mark, in terms of usability. Plus, why would you pay $500 to be a guinea pig?

Engadget review: http://www.engadget.com/2011/06/10/s...ries-5-review/

This is my next: http://thisismynext.com/2011/06/10/s...mebook-review/

IMO you shouldn't trust the Engadget score; that's way too high compared to what other quality products were rated the same. Their scorecard review methods are bunk anyway. This is my next has a much more in-depth and realistic view on it.
Edited by The Mad Mule - 6/10/11 at 7:39pm
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel C2Q Q9550 @ 3.8 Asus P5K Deluxe MSI GTX460 1GB Cyclone G.Skill DDR2 - 4GB 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2TB RAID0 F3, 2TB F4 (x2) DVD burner, Blu-ray reader Windows 7 Ult. (x64) Dell U3011 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Filco Majestouch Linear R Corsair HX650W CM Sniper (Blk Ed.) Razer DeathAdder 
Mouse Pad
QcK cloth pad 
  hide details  
Reply
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel C2Q Q9550 @ 3.8 Asus P5K Deluxe MSI GTX460 1GB Cyclone G.Skill DDR2 - 4GB 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2TB RAID0 F3, 2TB F4 (x2) DVD burner, Blu-ray reader Windows 7 Ult. (x64) Dell U3011 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Filco Majestouch Linear R Corsair HX650W CM Sniper (Blk Ed.) Razer DeathAdder 
Mouse Pad
QcK cloth pad 
  hide details  
Reply
post #3 of 11
Huh Macbook Airs. Get a Chromebook.
post #4 of 11
I'm also looking at a MBA, my other current choice is the DM1z since it's half price with similar ish specs.
Shnurok 3.0
(22 items)
 
Alienware M11x
(13 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 920 D0 ASUS Sabertooth X58 PowerColor 6870 G.Skill π 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
60GB Vertex Turbo WD 1TB Black 500GB Scorpio Blue Stinger Hybrid 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
MCP 655 CyberDruid custom Waterfall  MCR320 Win 7 Pro x64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell U2711 DAS Ultimate S Silent XFX XXX 750w PRO CaseLabs M8 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
Logitech G500 Razer Destructor ASUS Xonar D2X Logitech G51 
Audio
Corsair H1SA 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
SU7300 M11Xr1 GT335M 4GB Hynix 
Hard DriveOSMonitorCase
120GB Vertex 2 Windows 7 Home Premium x64 11.6" M11X 
Mouse
Logitech MX Anywhere 
  hide details  
Reply
Shnurok 3.0
(22 items)
 
Alienware M11x
(13 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 920 D0 ASUS Sabertooth X58 PowerColor 6870 G.Skill π 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
60GB Vertex Turbo WD 1TB Black 500GB Scorpio Blue Stinger Hybrid 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
MCP 655 CyberDruid custom Waterfall  MCR320 Win 7 Pro x64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell U2711 DAS Ultimate S Silent XFX XXX 750w PRO CaseLabs M8 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
Logitech G500 Razer Destructor ASUS Xonar D2X Logitech G51 
Audio
Corsair H1SA 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
SU7300 M11Xr1 GT335M 4GB Hynix 
Hard DriveOSMonitorCase
120GB Vertex 2 Windows 7 Home Premium x64 11.6" M11X 
Mouse
Logitech MX Anywhere 
  hide details  
Reply
post #5 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by Trinnd View Post
I am trying to broaden out my os use as I've got a MacBook pro and a Linux desktop and a windows 7 gaming desktop, so chrome os does appeal to me in that sense.

Open Chrome browser, you now have the OS basically.
If you plan on doing everything in the "cloud" then yea go for it, if not I would think the MBA would be the better choice.
>.<
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 930 4.0ghz 1.27v EVGA E758 3-Way (black/gray) Evga GTX 480 / Evga 9800gtx+ (physx&folding) Corsair Dominator 6gb 1600 8-8-8-24 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
x25-M SSD 80gb + 1TB F3 + 2x2TB WD Green Win 7 64bit Viewsonic 20" + Samsung 40" Corsair 1000w 
Case
Haf 932 (modded) - Now caseless 
  hide details  
Reply
>.<
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 930 4.0ghz 1.27v EVGA E758 3-Way (black/gray) Evga GTX 480 / Evga 9800gtx+ (physx&folding) Corsair Dominator 6gb 1600 8-8-8-24 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
x25-M SSD 80gb + 1TB F3 + 2x2TB WD Green Win 7 64bit Viewsonic 20" + Samsung 40" Corsair 1000w 
Case
Haf 932 (modded) - Now caseless 
  hide details  
Reply
post #6 of 11
Chrome
post #7 of 11
Eh, just get a MBA.
Rig
(15 items)
 
   
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 5820K MSI X99A SLI PLUS EVGA GTX 1070 FTW 4x8GB G.Skill Ripjaws  
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 850 Pro Samsung 850 Evo Noctua NH-D15 Windows 10 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell U2515H Happy Hacking Keyboard 2  EVGA Supernova 750 G2 Corsair 600Q 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Logitech G403 Steelseries QcK Mass M-Audio AV40 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 930 @ 3.7 HT Gigabyte X58A-UD3R VisionTek 4870x2 3x4GB's G.Skill Ripjaws 1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
500GB AAKS, 2x 640GB AAKS, 2x 1TB Samsung SH-S203B Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Samsung 245BW 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Happy Hacking Keyboard 2 Silverstone OP850 Antec 1200 [Three Nanoxia FX12] [Two San Ace 1011] Logitech G500 
Mouse Pad
Razer eXactMat 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
i7 3615QM GT 650M 16GB DDR3 256GB SSD 
OS
OS X Mountain Lion 
  hide details  
Reply
Rig
(15 items)
 
   
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 5820K MSI X99A SLI PLUS EVGA GTX 1070 FTW 4x8GB G.Skill Ripjaws  
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 850 Pro Samsung 850 Evo Noctua NH-D15 Windows 10 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell U2515H Happy Hacking Keyboard 2  EVGA Supernova 750 G2 Corsair 600Q 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Logitech G403 Steelseries QcK Mass M-Audio AV40 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 930 @ 3.7 HT Gigabyte X58A-UD3R VisionTek 4870x2 3x4GB's G.Skill Ripjaws 1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
500GB AAKS, 2x 640GB AAKS, 2x 1TB Samsung SH-S203B Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Samsung 245BW 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Happy Hacking Keyboard 2 Silverstone OP850 Antec 1200 [Three Nanoxia FX12] [Two San Ace 1011] Logitech G500 
Mouse Pad
Razer eXactMat 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
i7 3615QM GT 650M 16GB DDR3 256GB SSD 
OS
OS X Mountain Lion 
  hide details  
Reply
post #8 of 11
And FWIW, the Back to School sale and the refreshed MBA lineup is rumored to hit this Wednesday.
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel C2Q Q9550 @ 3.8 Asus P5K Deluxe MSI GTX460 1GB Cyclone G.Skill DDR2 - 4GB 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2TB RAID0 F3, 2TB F4 (x2) DVD burner, Blu-ray reader Windows 7 Ult. (x64) Dell U3011 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Filco Majestouch Linear R Corsair HX650W CM Sniper (Blk Ed.) Razer DeathAdder 
Mouse Pad
QcK cloth pad 
  hide details  
Reply
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel C2Q Q9550 @ 3.8 Asus P5K Deluxe MSI GTX460 1GB Cyclone G.Skill DDR2 - 4GB 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2TB RAID0 F3, 2TB F4 (x2) DVD burner, Blu-ray reader Windows 7 Ult. (x64) Dell U3011 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Filco Majestouch Linear R Corsair HX650W CM Sniper (Blk Ed.) Razer DeathAdder 
Mouse Pad
QcK cloth pad 
  hide details  
Reply
post #9 of 11
They are both over priced. I would go with a regular macbook pro 13 if you want portability and a mac. A MBP is still under a inch, so very thin, but will do more for less. Also, I tried a macbook air once, actually burnt my leg. The cpu was at 70c just idling, which made the macbook about 150 degrees f.
post #10 of 11
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by noak View Post
They are both over priced. I would go with a regular macbook pro 13 if you want portability and a mac. A MBP is still under a inch, so very thin, but will do more for less. Also, I tried a macbook air once, actually burnt my leg. The cpu was at 70c just idling, which made the macbook about 150 degrees f.
I tried the mba when i was in the store getting my mbp fixed, it was just slightly warm on the bottom, i know the last gen of mba was really, really, hot though, might of been that. I'd be waiting for the next gen (rumors say as early as this week Wednesday), and i Probably would wait a month or so.

For me it seems to be

Thin and light/Expensive/full os/ looks awesome/much faster in a spec standpoint vs lightweight os that idk if i'll like/cheap in comparison/fat and not that light/3g
My Rig
(14 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5 2500k @ 4ghz P67A-G43 MSI Sapphire 5850 4x4gb DDR3 1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
750GB Caviar black/ Samsung 120gb Lite on Windows 7 27 in LG/21.5 Portrait Acer 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
CM Storm quickfire rapid (reds)/Adesso numberpa... Corsair 850TX IN WIN GRone White G9X 
Audio
Modi/HeadboxS/HD558 
  hide details  
Reply
My Rig
(14 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5 2500k @ 4ghz P67A-G43 MSI Sapphire 5850 4x4gb DDR3 1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
750GB Caviar black/ Samsung 120gb Lite on Windows 7 27 in LG/21.5 Portrait Acer 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
CM Storm quickfire rapid (reds)/Adesso numberpa... Corsair 850TX IN WIN GRone White G9X 
Audio
Modi/HeadboxS/HD558 
  hide details  
Reply
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Laptops and Netbooks
Overclock.net › Forums › Mobile Computing Forum › Laptops and Netbooks › Chromebook vs MacBook air