Last week I purchased a Chromebook. I am very pleased to be the owner of a Chromebook. My purpose of this post is to explain what a Chromebook is and the intent of one.
What is a Chromebook
A Chromebook is a new kind of laptop or personal computer. It is heavily used within the Chrome web browser. In fact, you almost always need internet to use one (they now have apps where you do not need internet).
A Chromebook will appear to look as a normal laptop because it has a keyboard that appears to look like a laptop and a screen attached to it.
I absolutely love Google Chrome. It is my choice of web browser, so that was not a hindrance to me at all. What may be a hindrance to some is that you cannot install windows programs (Microsoft Office, Photoshop, etc–), however Google has its own variations which are absolutely awesome!
What is the Purpose
If it does not run windows, what does it run? It runs Chrome OS, Google’s software. Google is one of the leaders in the mobile industry (Android) and is now making a run towards the computer industry.
The purpose of a Chromebook is to use it primarily on the internet (Did I mention cost effective?). So when I blog, Chromebook works for that. When I check Facebook, it works perfect! When I write my lessons, works great again. There are even some photo editing and video editing apps to use with chrome!
The battery life is absolutely awesome! On my Acer C720 Chromebook, the battery lasts around 8.5 hours! So, I can do just about everything I need to do!
Personally, I do not see any major downsides to this machine. The one downside that many people will say is you cannot install Windows’ programs. The other downside is that you cannot watch DVD’s on a Chromebook because it does not have a DVD drive and is not compatible with portable ones. However, you can listen to music and video files that are saved on your device (MP3, MP4, etc).
Despite these few downsides, I do not consider them a big deal. With the increase popularity of Netflix and Flixter, you can stream videos on this device if you would like.
ChromeCast and Other Goodies
Most Chromebook’s support ChromeCast which is a service to display whatever is on your screen onto another screen (like a TV). So, if you want to watch a video you can cast it from your Chromebook right onto your TV.
Chromebooks are extremely light. In a backpack, you hardly know it is there.
When activating your Chromebook (which takes under 2 minutes), Google gives you 100GB of free online storage to use and a 60 day trial of Google Play’s All Access (Streaming music commercial free).
This is a Screenshot of my Google Drive
Google drive is an online cloud service. A cloud service is where you can back up or store your documents, photos, and videos. So instead of storing it locally on your hard drive which can slow your computer down, it is stored on Google’s server and can be accessed from anywhere with most internet capable devices.
Hopefully this brief post on a Chromebook makes sense. If you have any questions about it, leave me a comment. I wrote this so my next post will make more sense on getting organized using Google Drive by using productivity skills by a guru giant on Getting Things Done.