Jim, I'm talking about the "Big bang" - the ability to run desktop class apps. Not little bumps luring buyers
- gorilla glass is a nonsense on a laptop as its screen is protected when not in use. The impact will shatter it while plastic may survive with just a scratch. Just don't swirl your nunchucks working behind the screen.
- QuadHD display is similar to the camera megapixel hype. HD is adequate for 99% of real-life tasks. The QHD is meant for 80" wall TVs.
- 400 nit? Only significant for viewing in direct sunlight. I'd just seek for the shade first, or use my smartphone which sAMOLED has over 1000 nits.
- Sub $400? That's actually too much for this toy pseudo-laptop. My Lenevo S41 (i7 with 8Gb RAM and 256G SSD, Win10) is $500 shipped (refurb), but that's a decent workstation for just $100 more. Aluminum tops, plastic bottom. Though modern plastics are barely rivaled by ancient metals in consumer properties, except for the shiny looks of course
- 12"? My s41 is 14". When the task is Ok on a smallish screen I'd rather go 8" (tablet) max - at least it's kinda pocketable which is a bigger "bang" for a buck as that's a fundamentally new feature (e.g. my first pocketable PC was the Sony VAIO VGN UX490N. $2800 back then for a reason, while its specs were on par with a $1000 normal laptop).
- Touchscreen? That's just a compensation for the smallish awkward keyboard and lack of a decent multitouch touchpad. If it's not a Wacom touchscreen I'd better ditch it in favor of normal size/pitch backlit keyboard (which that s41 has) in a clamshell form-factor device.
As I have said already (probably deleted by moderators) my point is that the Chromebook is a pseudo-laptop. All these bells and whistles are just smart marketing creating a new niche. $3k laptops are not all gone still for a reason. I don't mind people using Chromebook for some simple tasks though don't position it as a laptop replacement. It's not.
Real life example. Someone's son/grandson is going to the tech college. Misguided by this topic the parent may buy him a venerable Chromebook instead of a laptop. The young man will suffer at the school.
Edited by halx, 07 August 2018 - 05:33 PM.