Do you think that “traditional” laptops are ready to be retired? Well, maybe not just yet. What about something more simple such as rethinking the way we use computers and what we expect of them. In today’s day and age, we are well past the early years of the internet. We are now well into the internet age. Think about how much has changed in the last 10 years… That was when the iPhone made it’s first debut. It was a revolution and the beginning of widespread smartphones and tablets. Here we are now with hundreds of different tech, and there’s always the debate of “Can a tablet replace your PC?” or the “Can a Chromebook replace your PC?”
The answer to these questions are quite simple. It can be as complex as you want it to be. I had the same issue while trying to find me something this year for my film production classes as well as others. Yes, I said film. So, it can be quite demanding on my end.
But why did I choose a “low-powered” portable? Everyone who knows me knows I’m a big fan of any computers and technology. Of all the different laptops I’ve owned, the most convenient one was the chromebooks I’ve had. Now, enough my rambling, here’s what to consider when buying:
What it will be used for
What is it that you want? What do you value most? A mainstream and classically known OS, or a system with all cloud storage? Well, mostly cloud storage. You can use micro sd expansion and USB micro drives to expand up to 2 tb, usually. So, if you truly need the storage, it’s always an option. As well as external devices. A Chromebook is well suited for business professionals, college and high school students, as well as children and the elderly. Anyone can use one, and might be surprised with how much it can do. Unlike the older ones I’ve had, new ones have android app support and it has been TREMENDOUSLY better. As far as games, more tools, offline activities and so on.
The Price Range
They always say, you get what you pay for. It is true in a sense. Many laptops and items $200 and under will not give much potential or a “premium” feel. Though, a lot do, it’s just the expectations you have of them. My first Chromebook wasn’t in best condition, plastic case that the covers of the ports would fall off, broken webcam, and so on… however, that machine was something I’ve used ALL the time in my years of college (3 years). It was $60 on eBay. Though, if you are looking for a brand spanking new “premium” feeling ‘laptop’, those are available too. Some even $1k from Google themselves, which is a bit high. I didn’t want to go full-in without testing to see if Chromebooks should be the new and only way of computing. Start small, because hopefully someday, Chrome OS will be even better and more superior to the other operating systems!!
I decided to buy the Samsung Chromebook 3 as my new day to day driver. It’s a wonderful product so far. I can do most, if not all of the things my old macbook pro can do. I had the Mid 2007 Macbook Pro that weighed a whopping 4-5 pounds. It was full aluminum that would scratch and bang up usually. It got to be super slow, I filled up the hard drive, and it was such a bother to even deal with. The Chromebook’s lightweight of 1lb or so, small size, is great for my college lectures. The OS was made to be cloud-based so it is extremely fast and takes less than a minute to boot up. Not many hiccups or issues ever. I can leave a recorder on, look up different websites, tools, and even type my notes out if I don’t mind “clicky” keys.. (more premium Chromebooks have better and not as loud keys). It takes up very little of my desk too, enough for a notebook and book too! I would like a premium one eventually, but for now, a Samsung budget one will last me for several years, hopefully! Traditional laptops are getting thinner and thinner, which is great too! Though a Chromebook is great for me, because hopefully I wont fill up the storage, and start focusing on my true needs such as documents and work. Minimalism is a great thing.
All in all, you should ask yourself what your true needs are. Do you need full versions of photoshop, extreme video editing, high end gaming, more power, etc? Then you should go for a windows or mac laptop. Chromebooks are for those who want lightweight and portable computers with long battery life, and to be minimal with their day to day computing. Everything has a purpose in the tech world, and I can’t weight to see if Google will up it’s game and confidence to provide the best service and products to go head to head with Microsoft and Apple.