I’ve used Chromebooks for years and I absolutely love them. Here are some reasons why I think everyone should consider buying one. They are…
- Inexpensive: Most are <$200 brand new
- Small: Compact and lightweight compared to most laptops.
- Energy-efficient: Charge fast but have a long battery life
- No fan: Many models aren’t prone to overheating and don’t have a noisy fan
- Cloud-based: Log into any Chromebook with your Google account and your stuff is there
- Low maintenance: Fewer things can go wrong with a simple device
- Long life: A Chromebook is likely to wear out from use before it becomes obsolete
- Easy to use: Almost anyone can use a Chromebook, even the least tech-savvy
Why spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars on a standard laptop when a Chromebook will do? If all you’re doing is surfing the Internet, communicating over social media, and streaming media, a Chromebook is all you need.
For most people, I think a Chromebook is probably ideal. It’s basically like a bigger version of your smartphone with a keyboard. Do you really need more than that? Maybe…
What A Chromebook Can’t Do
If a Chromebook could do everything, then I wouldn’t own a Lenovo laptop. I use my Chromebook most of the time, but I do need the laptop for work.
I need to download applications like Office Libre and FileZilla, for example. It’s also nearly impossible to write or even a read a really long manuscript on a Chromebook. To see what I mean, open a 500-page PDF and see what happens.
So you have to think about what you need before you decide. Even though I need my laptop, notice I still keep the Chromebook.
This is largely because the Chromebook is quick and nimble. It turns on instantly whereas my laptop lumbers to start up. I can take a screenshot with ease and it’s saved to my download file on my Chromebook whereas I have to open Snagit and go through a clumsy process to do the same on my laptop
Compared to my Chromebook, my laptop is like trying to run in cement shoes. So while I use my laptop when I must, I always choose the Chromebook when possible.
Not All the Same!
One really important caveat! Not all Chromebooks have all of the features I mentioned. I learned that the hard way!
I had a nice Samsung Chromebook I loved and I assumed they were all similar. When I replaced that one, I got an HP. It was comparatively big, bulky, and heavy. It also got hot, had a fan, and was less energy efficient.
Later I got a nice, little ASUS that I loved but it had a flaw that made it stop charging. Tons of the little Chromebooks had the same flaw so ASUS balked on its warranties! I will never buy anything from that brand again.
I recommend Samsung. I’ve used them for years, and they are the best. Check out this model on Amazon. Everyone I know who has a Chromebook loves it! So why not give it a try? 🙂