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Old 11-28-2012, 02:10 PM
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Considering one of those new Chromebooks for my almost-11 year old.

Functionality desired:
- basic word processing
- web browsing, web-based email
- stream videos
- print
- play minecraft

Nothing intense. No power-gaming. It looks like it does the simple stuff really well (the first four items). Was curious if it lived up to the hype I'm seeing or if there are questions I'm not thinking to ask.

Now, when I google "can i play minecraft on chromebook", all the responses go into mega-tech-geek speak on what you need to do to make it work. That's not promising. But the articles all seem written based on older chromebooks. Anyone have a new chromebook and someone at home who uses it with minecraft?

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Old 11-28-2012, 02:24 PM
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Old 11-28-2012, 02:59 PM
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Considering one of those new Chromebooks for my almost-11 year old.

Functionality desired:
- basic word processing
- web browsing, web-based email
- stream videos
- print
Basic word processing (Google Docs) no problem
Web browsing, web-based e-mail no problem
Stream video no problem
print - google print no problem

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- play minecraft
Don't play, so don't know.

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The Acer chromebook is cheap, and it shows.
Look towards the Samsung

If time is not a concern, then I'd suggest possibly holding off and see if this comes to bear:

http://www.zdnet.com/with-google-rea...id-7000007987/
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I think you can play minecraft but I don't know if you can save the worlds that you create. I put this on a solid maybe.
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No idea on Minecraft but it appears you can play it in the browser.

For the other stuffs, it will definitely do it. The offline support for things has gotten much better but Chromebooks still become fairly useless without an internet connection. Definitely something to consider.
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Really, if minecraft is a big deal -> get a chromebook + raspberry pi

http://www.raspberrypi.org/archives/2603

Or see if the Nexus Chromebook can play the android Minecraft app
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Minecraft means java. No java on the Chromebook.

I just ordered one today. And i have access to one at work. I'll check it out if you want, but I'm not hopeful.
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Minecraft means java. No java on the Chromebook.
ah, good to know.

We (the parents) would really be buying it for all the other stuff. However, if it can't do minecraft (and not through the app) then it would not be well received, since that would be his basic impression of what a computer "should" be able to do.
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then it would not be well received, since that would be his basic impression of what a computer "should" be able to do.
Then definitely get him a raspberry pi and let him find out what a computer can do.
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Old 11-29-2012, 03:18 PM
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He's done some programming. And I think he would actually find it pretty cool to program minecraft. But probably not if it's based on the pocket edition, which (my kids tell me) is significantly feature-lite compared to the full edition. So it would never be his predominant version played.

But I may look into that as a separate idea, since it sounds like it works on any network-enabled computer, and I think he'd find it pretty cool.
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