Lenovo's consumer model touchscreen (yoga style) Chromebook is now available at Amazon (pre-order) for $329.99. The model has what seems to be today's standard, 2GB RAM and 16GB SSD. You can check this and all the Chromebooks out here: http://bit.ly/NewChromebooks .
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- Most modern web pages are touch optimized. I guess the response would be to ask how the OS is not touch friendly? The iOS effect has falsely created the idea that in order to be "touch optimized" an OS must have rows of icons, a home button, and launch apps full screen. That's just not the case.Jul 1, 2014
- You're right. I could use the Pixel's touch screen all day long if I wanted to (and if I didn't need to type to get my work done). Virtually every page I use on the web is touch optimized.Jul 1, 2014
- Chrome OS isn't any more/less touch friendly than Windows or MacOS. But I would argue that most web pages are still designed with a mouse/keyboard in mind.
I spend most of my time in Wordpress managing the blog, pixlr editing photos, usually for the blog, and developing other websites. Not once during these activities have I ever been tempted to touch the screen, or remove my keyboard. And trying to scroll in a movie to find where I left off last time with my finger, nearly impossible. It's hard enough with a mouse.
I suppose if you spend most of your time in Google + then you'd be fine on a touch screen. g+ does have nice big, easy to touch buttons.Jul 1, 2014
- It's all about personal usage. I don't think you would be doing those things on a tablet without a mouse or keyboard anyway. That wouldn't be any different on a "touch optimized" OS.
For most tablet type applications, it works nearly as well as Android. Those are cases where you want to pull the screen off and sit back and consume content like you would with a tablet, not do serious work.Jul 1, 2014
- it's definitely user preference. For me, I have a Chromecast on every T.V. I own, so any content consumption I'll be doing will be on the T.V., not the Chromebook. Chromebook is 99% productivity, and it's nearly impossible to be productive on a tablet.
If your Chromebook is a productivity device, touch is mostly useless. If it's an entertainment device, tablet mode would be somewhat useful.
I wonder what percentage of people use their Chromebook mostly for content consumption versus productivity. I would guess it would lean towards productivity but that's a totally uneducated guess.Jul 1, 2014
- Noticed you could get 4gb model on Lenovo Store online.. It's the "simple" model, without the hinge thingie.Jul 2, 2014