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Chromebooks vs Netbooks

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Started by Lynne Crowe 05 Nov 2014 6:32pm () Replies (13)

I have a colleague trying to promote a HP Stream Netbook (2gb Ram, 32 Gb Hardrive) as an alternative to a chromebook for students. I am sold on Chromebooks but would really appreciate any comments about Netbooks in schools.


  • Hamish McLean (View all users posts) 05 Nov 2014 6:41pm ()

    Hi Lynne,

    Firstly do you mean a 320Gb hard drive?  I'm sure thats a typo.  

    A bit about us.  We run a 1:1 programme from Y5-8.  117 netbooks are almost 3 years old, and about 80 chromeboks are 2 years old with another 60 Chromebooks that were purchased this year.  

    Netbooks have a few advantages to chromebooks, and similarly chromebooks have some advantages also.  It really depends on what you want to use them for.  Netbooks run flash, and all websites... so will run everything possible including Minecraft (an awesome tool for learning when used properly)

    Chromebooks use google doc's very well (obviously), so if you are a GAFE school then thats the device you'll want to stick with.  

    All devices have limitations in respect to their processor and RAM.  2Gb as you mentioned is not enough for 2014 and especially 2015.  As time goes on, we require more from our devices and operating systems also require increasingly more.  So 4Gb would be minimum for my school purchases, bearing in mind we want 2-3 years of usage from our systems... 


  • Hamish McLean (View all users posts) 05 Nov 2014 6:54pm ()

    wow... that really annoys me.  Companies producting a product thats essentially useless.  No doubt some schools will buy this, and then have wasted their money....  :(

    (As you can get a 4Gb RAM, 2Ghz intel haswell processor, 16Gb of SSH storage in a chromebook for under 400  [$387])

    I've never heard about a hard drive thats 32Gb for a windows or OSx device.  As after formatting the hard drive will only be 29Gb, and windows 8.* requres 2.5Gb of space.  so essentially you have a 25Gb alotment for space.   The only reason for netbooks is the use of windows based applications.  25Gb would get used up pretty quickly..  

    The only advantage is

    -software that you can install which requires windows.  (very little with 32Gb)

    -browsers that support flash.  (as a chromebook user you'd know that chrome is a HTML5 browser so can't run flash.

  • Hamish McLean (View all users posts) 13 Nov 2014 10:34am ()

    Chrome in a Chromebook is based on and uses HTML5.0 which doesn't use flash correctly.    Other browsers like iE, firefox, safari still have plugins that alow flash.  There are many reason that chrome wont alow flash, the most being power consumption and viruses. 

    Flash is a thing of the past, and HTML5.0 doesnt need to use it.  Most websites now have a HTML compatability, so you shouldn't see much difference.  But there is always the exception.   

  • Hamish McLean (View all users posts) 13 Nov 2014 11:24am ()

    Some applications do not support the Chrome web browser or have a limited 
    feature set when running in Chrome. Other applications require plug-ins like Java 
    and Silverlight. While Chromebooks have Flash built-in, they do not support most 
    flash enabled plug-ins.  So saying chrome supports flash is correct.  But they still wont run flash like it runs on a OSx or windows system.  

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