Quality large chromebook for family Netflix time

Discussion in 'What Notebook Should I Buy?' started by davehooper, Dec 14, 2019.

  1. davehooper

    davehooper Notebook Enthusiast

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    General Questions

    1) What is your budget? ANY

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?
    Mainstream; 15" - 16" screen
    3) Which country will you buying this notebook?
    UK but can ship international

    4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?
    Any
    5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed?
    Yes

    6) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook?
    Netflix for family

    7) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places, leaving it on your desk or both?
    Desk

    8) Will you be playing games on your notebook? (If so, please state which games or types of games?)
    No

    9) How many hours of battery life do you need?
    Any

    10) Would you prefer to see the notebooks you're considering before purchasing it or buying a notebook on-line without seeing it is OK?
    Online OK

    11) What OS do you prefer? Windows, Mac OS, Linux, Chrome OS, etc.
    Chrome OS

    Screen Specifics

    12) What screen resolution(s) would you prefer? (See further below for explanations.)
    1080p IPS, 400+ nits

    13) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen? (See further below for explanations.)
    Ideally glossy

    Build Quality and Design

    14) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?
    Yes - metal construction please
    Clamshell (not 2 in 1)

    Notebook Components

    15) How much hard drive space do you need?
    Any

    Timing, Warranty and Longevity


    16) When are you buying this laptop?
    Any time

    17) How long do you expect to use this laptop?
    5 years

    18) How long could you afford to do without your laptop if it were to fail?
    Not long

    19) Would you be willing to pay significantly extra for on-site warranty, or would it be acceptable to you to have to ship the laptop to the vendor for repair with perhaps a week or more outage?
    Fine
     
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    ZaZ Super Model Super Moderator

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    Why not get a TV?
     
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    davehooper Notebook Enthusiast

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    Thank you ZaZ.

    Sorry I should have said that we also occasionally use it in the car, or for web browsing.

    Oddly, we’re one of those families who like to have the laptop put away after TV time, so a tv wouldn’t do that.
     
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    ZaZ Super Model Super Moderator

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    Maybe the Acer ChromeBook 15 is worth a look.
     
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    davehooper Notebook Enthusiast

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    Yes, thanks for the suggestion. The 715 looks great BUT the display tops out at only 250 nits.

    Similarly the Samsung Chromebook 4 Plus is a TN panel only.
     
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    ZaZ Super Model Super Moderator

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    Insisting on a 15" Chromebook with a 400+ nit LCD is going to severely limit your options to perhaps zero. I can't think of one, though I'm no Chromebook expert. Chromebooks seem to have more choices in smaller screen sizes. Perhaps with something smaller, which would work better in a car, you could find a better fit(maybe use an external screen for the Netflix). Obviously, a Windows notebook would offer a lot more alternatives. If you want it to be more Chrome like, you could run Linux.
     
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    davehooper Notebook Enthusiast

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    Thank you very much, I agree. Strange that there isn’t greater availability of decent screens on larger Chromebooks. Maybe in 2020?

    I’ll have a look at XPS15, Zenbook 15, Surface 3. Thanks very much ZaZ
     
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    ZaZ Super Model Super Moderator

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    I think for the most part, Chromebooks tend to reside on the value end of the spectrum. Manufacturers must make choices to help keep the cost down, so the best parts I'm assuming get left on the shelf. Another thing to consider is notebooks with touchscreen, which a lot of ChromeBooks seem to have, give off a lot of glare, due to the glass used for the touchscreens. It can be a problem in well lit areas. The best screens tend to be 4k, but they hit the battery harder than a FHD screen, which is something else to consider. Good Luck.
     
  9. JRE84

    JRE84 Notebook Deity

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    i can think of the samsung chrome book but then again its only 300 nits....I'd honestly have to say you have 0 options
     
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