Is this ChromeOS Desktop Better Than the M1 iMac?

One cool product that was overshadowed by folding phone news is the new HP Chrome AiO.

In this one, Andrew explains why he thinks this computer could be a better family computer than the new iMac.

firing away at your keyboard over there
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and i have no idea what you’re talking
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about but it has something to do with
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chrome os okay i’ll fill me in i’ll go
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in here i this was something adam sent
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us this morning and at first i was like
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neat and then i read it and i was like i
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actually find this wildly interesting
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and like this i think is is really
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really cool and it’s i kind of have a
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hot take on it which i think what makes
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it
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neat but i’ll explain it a little bit
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more here um so hp is creating a chrome
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os desktop they’re calling it the chrome
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aio desktop which means all-in-one
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i put a picture here i’m gonna try and
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explain it tell me if you think this
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sounds nice imagine a
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the first google home as a cone
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and then on top of that is almost like
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an ipad so a screen so we have
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essentially imagine an all-in-one
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desktop where it is the base is like a
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fabric covered cone speaker and then
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there is a large
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screen tablet looking thing on top oh it
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rotates it rotates portrait to landscape
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and it has a webcam and it also has a
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wireless keyboard and mouse so
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this is a chrome os based desktop it is
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real quick i’m going to go over specs
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but i think i just have like
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i’m just really interested in this
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because i think chrome os and
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chromebooks in general are super
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interesting and like kind of
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revolutionary in a weird way um so it is
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21.5 inch 1080
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uh ips touchscreen that rose rotates
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from landscape to portrait we mentioned
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that you can either get a dual core
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pentium gold
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or a core i3 16 gigs of user expandable
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ram and an ssd up to 256 now let’s just
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remember
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specs on chrome os and like chromebooks
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in general are pretty
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low because they don’t take a lot of
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computing power if you’re using them
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it’s generally all web-based stuff yes
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um and like apps because it uses the
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play store so but
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okay so i i just want to
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look at the price real quick yeah 600
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so six hundred dollars for a desktop
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with a 21 inch 1080p touchscreen is like
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kind of nice solid
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um you said pentium gold
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dual core pentium gold or core i3 is
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definitely on the lower end but then 16
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gigs and a 250 68 ssd is on the higher
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end so okay
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16 gigs is on the higher end 256 ssds
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it’s like definitely i would call that
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lower and ssd if it was like nvme or
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actually
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it just listed ssd i don’t know what i
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guess hard drives should be gone hard
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drives i shouldn’t give you credit for
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not using it now don’t yeah okay
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all right so i’m with you so far i think
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i’m with you so far chrome os only so
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it’s gonna have auto rotate but
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obviously it’s just chrome so you’re
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going to be using chrome you need as
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much ram as you can get so yeah lots of
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lots of ram chrome os i think i’m with
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you so like
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in my eyes chromebooks are pretty
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amazing because so many people who get a
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laptop are only using it for like web
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browsing watching youtube if they’re
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doing schoolwork they’re doing it in
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google docs answering emails like almost
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everyone who comes to me that i know
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isn’t a big tech person that asks for a
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laptop recommendation i almost always
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just suggest a chromebook because
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they’re so they’re 300 bucks usually
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they’ll last a decent amount of time
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maybe not as long as a regular laptop
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but it’s also 300 it’s like a third of
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the price of a macbook it’s definitely
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been the best part for me about
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recommending a chromebook it’s if i can
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ask you what programs you need to use
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and you answer that question in websites
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i can give you a chrome chrome exactly
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you’re going to go gmail you’re going to
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go you know google search youtube and
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netflix and all these things it’s like
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oh great yeah you can definitely use a
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chromebook here’s something half the
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price of what you thought you’re gonna
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have to exactly i bought claire one at
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costco years ago and it’s still running
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and it’s she still uses it every day um
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so here’s my kind of hot take on this um
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okay all right i think this might make a
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lot of people mad which is kind of why
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it’s a hot take but just hear me out
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here okay
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i think
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this pulls off the category the newest
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imax tried to get into
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better than the newest imacs so like
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let’s think about how apple
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sold the latest imax right we did those
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bright colors they were an all-in-one
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stand with their screen they sold this
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as this is a computer we want you to put
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as a family computer in the common areas
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of your house your living room your
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kitchen your family room stuff like that
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for the family to use
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most likely generally web-based stuff
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watching youtube videos they want it in
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the kitchen so you might watch
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cooking videos or pull up recipes or be
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able to facetime with someone yep um but
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all of that was in a uh
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you know that doesn’t have touch screen
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i mean sure the specs on the imac are
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way better than this it runs apple all
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that but i don’t think that’s all needed
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for the thing it’s trying to sell it as
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this is a good looking it looks good it
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looks like it could run
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for like in your family room whatever
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it’s not sticking out like a sore thumb
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like a big desktop tower is it has touch
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screen and rotate so it’s easy for video
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calls or pulling up long
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recipes or something like that in your
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kitchen it has a wireless keyboard and
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mouse nice and easy looks like it has a
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speaker on the base
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to me this looks like an easier and most
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of all way cheaper
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i’d be much i’d much rather pay 600
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bucks to put this in my kitchen and be
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like a dedicated i’m in the kitchen i’m
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using it to facetime not facetime video
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calls you could facetime sure you can
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facetime um video call i’m using it for
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recipes i’m using it to just like uh
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watch videos or something like that
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while i’m in my kitchen this looks like
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it pulls that off better than the imac
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you know what you you swayed me you sold
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me i think i buy it the only oh
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interesting thing yeah one more one more
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argument okay it also uses android apps
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via the play store so this is a way
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better thing for smart home control in
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your living room in your kitchen stuff
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like that you can download all i mean it
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obviously has google assistant and you
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can download
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all your different smart
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home control apps in it so now you have
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a rotating or whatever touch screen in
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your living room in your kitchen that
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you’re now controlling your lights
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you’re controlling your nest you’re
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controlling all your general smart home
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stuff through that looking at your nest
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cameras and stuff like that yeah yeah
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it’s funny when i remember reviewing the
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imac and thinking like oh apple is very
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very
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almost hell-bent on making sure we
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understand that this is not just a
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normal computer it’s supposed to be your
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family room everyday multi-purpose like
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friendly computer
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and
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and actually like the way this one looks
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better i think it’s got the fabric on
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the stand then it’s got black bezels and
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it it actually rotates which is really
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interesting i don’t know
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i don’t know exactly what i would rotate
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my desktop to portrait for all the time
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but the fact that you can do it is cool
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um in some of those scenarios like say a
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recipe for example now i’m getting more
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screen real estate because a recipe
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doesn’t really benefit from
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lengthwise real estate but if you have a
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list of ingredients you’re sure you are
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benefiting there or uh some people even
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like it better for like video calls yeah
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sometimes portrait is a little different
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especially if you’re a video calling
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someone on a phone it’s just going to
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that’s going to be the standard
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aspect ratio or whatever that they’re
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probably using anyways so it fits better
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the one thing i would still give the
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advantage to apple for and this is kind
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of something they continually do anyway
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in all of their budget products is it’s
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overpowered to the point where it’s just
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going to be way more future-proof than
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anything else in his class now the imac
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is still a thousand dollars it’s still
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more expensive than yes but if i were to
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bet which one is going to get software
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updates and run smoothly for longer it’s
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definitely the imac kind of the same way
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the iphone se
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is like an impressive chip in an older
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body but it’s going to get software
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updates and run smoothly probably just
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as long if not longer than any other
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android phone in its price category so
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it’s it’s kind of about what you want
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but i buy your hot take that’s much
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better than my hot take with fahrenheit
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last time so i think it’s a good one i
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will say my one con i put put on here is
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generally be and this is anecdotal
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evidence but chromebooks i’ve thought
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don’t have as long of a lifetime
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especially compared to apple products so
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i definitely agree with you and i think
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we all agree i’m not trying to say this
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is more powerful than an imac no i think
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generally the imac for a sit-down
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computer blows us out of the water but
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the fact that it adds a rotating screen
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and touchscreen makes it seem like more
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of a
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home almost not even a computer it’s
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like bridging its gap into just like
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being part of your space at home better
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than imac does the imac is still a
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computer and you have to use it as a
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computer yep it’s mac os do you
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in a in a family room computer is a
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touch screen the move
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so i i see it as that when i think of it
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as like
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so the kitchen scenario works the best
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here because
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a lot of times in a kit like when i
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think about imac talking saying put it
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in your kitchen like yourself a keyboard
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and a mouse i can’t imagine having like
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stuff out on my countertop
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chopping and measuring and and washing
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stuff off while also using a keyboard
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and mouse there this that gets pushed
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away i have my touch screen i can scroll
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through everything yes but your hands
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are covered in stuff that you were
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chopping but we all use our phones doing
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that anyways yeah i’m not that worried
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about that um and and then when it’s in
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the living room you know
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i don’t personally have a computer in my
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living room i haven’t i mean growing up
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i had one i feel it’s crazy now that
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everyone has computers on their own when
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they’re children um we generally used to
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have them in the family room where we
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couldn’t get in trouble on them but um
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having in a family room and still having
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the ability to control your music or
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control your smart home stuff by just
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like walking past the desks and pressing
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a couple buttons on the screen yeah that
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does feel like it integrates a tad
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better than an imac makes sense i like
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it well i’m gonna keep an eye out for it
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i don’t know that we’re gonna end up
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getting one but i i kind of like that
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there are chrome
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desktops out there now i’m really
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terrible terrible name absolutely awful
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name
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uh chrome aio
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is that how you say it api chrome hey
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i’m i’m guessing it’s literally just the
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letters a i o i o
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