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  1. Five Best Online IDE's – Making the switch to a Chromebook
    March 3, 2016 @ 8:27 am

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  2. andmalc
    March 4, 2016 @ 4:08 pm

    Thanks for paying attention to keyboard quality which is too often disregarded.

    IMO an ARM processor is fine when using all the core command line apps (vim, tmux, ssh, git etc.). Same for apps written in high level languages like Python or Ruby except when they rely on C language extensions.

    Kinda wondering why the C720 made your list considering its poor quality and fragile screen (which you did mention), keyboard, and also how old it is at this point (2.5 years I think). Wouldn’t the screen on your Dell 11 be better? I own one and I agree the screen isn’t the best but it seems like a step up from all those dull older screens.

    Wouldn’t the most portable Chromebook be an 11″? I’ve used the Dell 13 and it’s a great machine but not super portable like the Flip or the C201.

    I agree about the Acer 15. Great all round machine.

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    • Kain Young
      March 9, 2016 @ 3:46 pm

      I agree about the C720 – there wasn’t anything better in the 11″ category once I took into consideration processor speed. Even the presumed successor model, the C740, doesn’t have any more power than the C720.
      On the most portable option, I had to make a call about what factors to consider, and I decided to include durability. With the low price of these units, I suspect they get rougher handling.

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  3. John Patterson
    March 14, 2016 @ 11:33 am

    I have an Acer Chromebook 15 C910 but went for a higher spec. than you have shown in your article. My processor is an Intel i3 with 32GB SSD which may be more appropriate for developers.

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    • Kain Young
      March 14, 2016 @ 4:09 pm

      Thanks for the note – I’ve updated the article accordingly.

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    • Andrew Malcolmson
      March 14, 2016 @ 4:23 pm

      Regarding the importance of a fast processor: how is this important for software development any more than for general users? I understand a work computer needs to be fast but why more so for editing scripts or web pages? I could understand if the developer was working in a compiled language and maybe recompiling the Linux kernel a few times per day but for writing Python, Ruby, Javascript or HTML?

      I’m just a casual hobbyist developer so quite likely I don’t understand the needs of professionals.

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  4. Jim Mendenhall
    April 18, 2016 @ 2:10 pm

    Very nice article. I’ve done quite a bit of programming on my Toshiba Chromebook 2 and c9.io. It’s a really good combo. Also, I’m used to a multi-monitor setup and sometimes find myself using both the Toshiba and an Acer C720 at the same time to program (with the C720 open for tailing log files, etc).

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  5. Abc Defg (@190McGillicuddy)
    May 22, 2016 @ 11:03 am

    Can a mouse be used in lieu of the Touchpad? Can the Touchpad be disabled with any brand of Chromebook?

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    • Kain Young
      May 23, 2016 @ 3:39 am

      Yes, just plug in a USB mouse for the best results. The touchpad can be disabled. The process may differ by manufacturer, so see the product specific instructions (e.g., HP instructions).

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  6. Tony Ventriglia
    May 22, 2016 @ 7:12 pm

    You may want to consider the HP chromebook 13 it is currently out of stock right now but it looks awesome and it a lot cheaper then the pixel but has about the same in specs, plus it is on the list to get the play store by the end of the year.

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  7. Constantinos
    July 1, 2016 @ 3:38 am

    Hello and thank you for this article, I have been looking into switching to chromebooks for some time now. What I don’t know yet are 2 really important information for me on how chromeOS works (might be really straight forward for people owning chromebooks).

    a) do chrome-devtools work on chromeOS?
    b) can I add a second (larger) monitor and extend or mirror?

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    • Kain Young
      July 1, 2016 @ 5:36 am

      Constantinos, glad you found it interesting.
      a) Yes, since the devtools are part of the Chrome browser, they are also available in ChromeOS.
      b) Yes, it extends the desktop by default, and you can change that to mirror. When you mirror, you are limited to the screen resolution of the Chromebook. If you plan to mirror to a much larger screen, you will want a Chromebook with 1080p resolution. Also, look for a full-size HDMI connector if you don’t want to use an adapter.

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