New Blazing fast Chromebook for $379 (and it now runs YNAB as well)


I just upgraded to the new blazing fast Acer 720 i3 Chromebook. This thing blows my old one out of the water. 4gb RAM, 32gb SSD (chromebooks don’t need much) and new new Haswell i3 Processor.

And I just installed YNAB on it. (here’s the original post on installing YNAB on a Chromebook)

$379. You could easily do the same thing with the $199 $179 Acer Chromebook but I decided to go big or go home.

Chromebooks are wonderful machines. Zero maintenance, zero backup, FAST, and it gets better with each update and doesn’t bog down like Windows machines. The best part is that updates are done seamlessly in the background and when it’s ready a little “reboot to update” icon appears and the machine reboots in literally 3 seconds and you have the newest version of Chrome OS. No more waiting hours for it to install updates as you do on Windows machines.

Did I mention the battery lasts for 8 hours and it literally cold boots to the log in screen in 3-4 seconds? 3-4 seconds!

People often complain about Chromebooks that they need to be online to do anything (which isn’t true – Google Docs, Google Play Movies, Music, and many other things work offline now). To those who say that… turn off wifi or unplug your ethernet cable. How useful is your present computer? Everything we do is online anyways. Why not cut out the traditional OS middleman and have an amazingly fast and simple system.

I left Windows for Mac 12 years ago for Mac’s ease of use. 3 years ago I left Macs for Chromebooks for the same reason. They’re just blazingly simple and THEY JUST WORK.

If you open up any Chromebook, ANY CHROMEBOOK, and login… everything will be there. Your settings… your history,.. your documents…your music and movies… EVERYTHING. Within a couple seconds of logging into a brand new Chromebook you have everything that was on the other Chromebook.

The only time I ever boot up my Mac is to run YNAB. Now that I have it running on my fast Chromebook I’m probably going to sell my Mac as I don’t need it anymore.


{ 2 comments… add one }

  • No Nonsense Landlord August 16, 2014, 4:33 pm

    I have a Nexus 7 for my portable, with a Bluetooth keyboard, but I have been looking at the Chromebooks. The tablet is fine for now, and quite a bit cheaper.

  • Adriano November 18, 2014, 5:44 pm

    Thanks for the pep talk. Like you, I only *need* to run YNAB outside of ChromeOS.

    I also would like to burn CDs for an elderly friend. Will Crouton allow for that? Do you know what external CD burners will work with Crouton on a Chromebook?

    Thanks again.


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