Chromebooks outsold Macs for the first time in the US

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  1. iFitzgerald macrumors regular

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    Greetings,

    So apparently, Chromebooks have managed to sell more than the entire Mac line in early 2016. What are your thoughts on this?

    Keep in mind that Macs and Chromebooks are very different products with very different price points. Currently, I think Chromebooks are good enough for people who want to simply browse the web and manage to do their text and spreadsheets work on Google Drive, but with Android apps coming to the Chromebook, do you think they might become a bigger threat?

    The article from The Verge.

    And quoted here if you don't want to go there:

     
  2. maflynn Moderator

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    My thoughts are that school systems are the biggest customers and so, I can see this being the case. It makes too much sense for the education sector to use a chromebook. With increased specs, the latest gen chromebooks can make a lot of sense for the typical consumer.
     
  3. orioncrystalice macrumors 6502

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    Public, standardized, compulsory education is all about being average or below in every conceivable way. Chromebooks are fitting.
     
  4. Tech198 macrumors G4

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    so u'r saying the schools are the drive forces in this ? they do have a choice, no one is forcing them to use Chrome-books, and its not like u can install third party apps,, u must use a browser. Maybie the least distracting i guess, since u can't do anything else..... but i guess for schools, that's what u want, to focus.
     
  5. iFitzgerald thread starter macrumors regular

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    It seems that's going to change in the near future, Chromebooks will be able to run Android apps. This might make them a much more interesting product imo, and a bigger threat to Apple as well.
     
  6. Mildredop macrumors 68020

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    I bought a Chromebook a couple of years ago because I thought they could run Android apps. I took it back to the store after a few days of confusing Chromebook usage.

    How're you getting on with your Asus?
     
  7. iFitzgerald thread starter macrumors regular

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    I got it with Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 came out shortly after and I didn't wait much to upgrade. I did the same with OSX when I had Macs, I get anxious to try the newer versions even knowing it might have some issues at start.

    So I did get some issues with graphics drivers at start and for a bit I was starting to regret buying it, but after getting a couple of updates in the following week or two, the issues went away. I VERY rarely have problems with it now (and when I do get them, a restart solves them), even having not done a clean install (I had some issues with direct upgrades on OSX).

    I find it very fast and responsive and I'm actually liking W10. There are a couple features I miss, but there's some nice stuff on W10 too.
    I do a bit gaming (recently, a lot of Overwatch, but some heavier games too) and it performs nicely. For my work with Premiere Pro, After Effects, Illustrator and Photoshop, I haven't noticed any difference.

    Overall, I'm very happy with my purchase and it cost me less than half than the Macbook Pro that had comparable specs. But I still like to follow Apple news and hope they get back on track with the Mac (planing to get a desktop computer, let's see if Apple brings us a nice surprise soon lol).
     
  8. Mildredop macrumors 68020

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    I thought Microsoft might have finally sorted all this stuff out. One of the nice things about Macs is not needing to worry about drivers.

    Oh well, still some time before I go back to PCs. MS are missing a trick here. Macs are getting stale and are developing more and more frustrating niggles, but PCs just aren't stepping up.
     
  9. iFitzgerald thread starter macrumors regular

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    Well, it's a lot easier for Apple to get things right with drivers, they make both the Hardware and the Software and have to worry about a much smaller amount of machines. But even so, Apple has had it's share of problems with graphics cards and drivers.
    The 2010 MacBook Pro, which I had, had problems with graphics and that model even had a logicboard replacement program, but the issue had to do with drivers too, because even people with replaced logicboards were getting Kernel Panics. I also remember at one point reverting to Snow Leopard and it became stable again, so something definitely went wrong with drivers there.
    MacBook Pros from 2011 and 2012 also had wide reports of graphics problems and their own replacement programs.

    In my case, with the Asus, I don't think those two weeks with hiccups were a problem at all. The OS had just come out and everything was sorted after a couple of weeks. I also had issues with some OSX versions after upgrading right after they were released :)
     
  10. Mildredop macrumors 68020

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    Is that accurate? I thought the processors were Intel and the graphics cards were NVIDIA - same as those found in PCs.
     
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    It depends on your definition of "stepping up". My windows computers, desktops and laptops, run things in a way a Mac can't; especially having two new Macbook pros in the house. Having said that, there is room for all in this world.
     
  12. Mildredop macrumors 68020

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    Not in my world there isn't, I need to make a choice between Mac or PC.
     
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    I use both platforms, but prefer windows by large margin because that is where the bulk of what I need to do will run.
     
  14. iFitzgerald thread starter macrumors regular

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    True but OEMs (don't know if all) make their own drivers too. The current driver from Asus for my laptop is a different version than the one I got directly from NVIDIA using GeForce Experience panel. The one from NVIDIA is more recent. I do believe it's the same with Apple, they make their own drivers.
     

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