In my last post I mentioned that I had lost my battle with Google, and last week I took the next step in my walk down Google Way and purchased the Acer Chromebook 11 CB3-111-C670 (11.6-inch HD, 2GB, 16GB) through Amazon.
While I could go on and write a review for it I’m not going to as there are plenty of others that have reviewed it and they were a factor in my decision to go ahead and purchase it.
I will say this, know what you are buying. I frequently saw this chromebook called a laptop and while that may be an accurate statement for some it forms a certain expectation for the buyer if they take it at face value. I saw a number of negative comments out there but when I read things like, “doesn’t run windows,” or, “can’t run Office,” to things like, “there was no DVD drive,” I ignored them. I wasn’t buying this to replace a Windows laptop, I was buying it because I’m moving more and more into the arms of the cloud (ok, mostly Google, but not entirely).
For me the transition to using the chromebook has been pretty easy, but then again I knew why and for what tasks I was buying it. I’m using is as a supplement for my other tools and while it has mostly replaced my laptop for nightly tasks it isn’t the best tool for everything. For example my day-time employer is a Microsoft shop and I’m expected to use those products and the provided hardware so I do.
Having the chromebook is making it that much easier to separate my day job from the rest of my life – mobile wise I have a Moto X for my use and carry an iPhone 5s for work.
I will say I have hit a few bumps with offline access, but I feel that’s more from a lack of experience than a flaw with the system. Once I figured out how to make sure things were synced up when I went offline everything smoothed itself out. I have my offline Gmail chrome app and I’ve managed to create some longer form documents without much of a hit to my normal productivity and I suspect things will only get better as I become more accustom to working this way.
Will I go back into the arms of my Windows 8.1 laptop? For some things I’m sure I will, at least in the short term, but as I find the needed tools and resource that I can leverage with my new weapon I’m sure my reliance on it will dwindle down to nearly nothing (there will always be something).
So I wonder, how many out there are using a chromebook as their primary computing device? Are you thinking about getting one? Do you think I’m nuts for picking one up? Let me know in the comments.