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Question #90355 posted on 09/11/2017 10:02 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Do any of you use a chromebook? My Asus chromebook's screen only works at one angle and so I am looking for a new one. What are the things I should look for? Which one lasts the longest?

-3rd Clever Girl


Dear you,

I have a chromebook! I bought it specifically to run Linux on it (which is great, by the way). It's ASUS brand, and I've used it for two years without problems. Because I needed it for some real computing beyond web surfing, I made sure to get 4 GB RAM, a 32 GB SSD, and an Intel processor, as well as a decent screen and good battery life.

If you care about viewing angle, you're going to want a chromebook with an IPS screen. IPS is a newer type of screen technology that has fantastic viewing angles and color reproduction. Most laptops and phones use IPS these days, but a cheaper chromebook could use a TN display, the older technology. As a general rule, if the specs don't advertise that the screen is IPS, it's probably TN and will have a limited viewing angle.