Why I’m A Chromebook “Fanboy”.
Why A Chromebook
I hate these modern terms that come about, but I am considered a Chromebook “Fanboy”. I’ve written about Chromebooks 2 years ago or so, but I just do not get any takers when I’m asked for advice.
The main reason for rejecting the idea of a Chromebook is that they are less than a PC. They can’t do everything a PC Does. Most do not need these extra things that PC’s do. They spend much more for extra functionality and many don’t have the extra funds to spend in this manner.
Who Can Use Them?
If you do not download and install programs to your computer a Chromebook is all you need. It’s that simple. Do you use a web browser for the important things that you do on a computer? If so a Chromebook will work.
It goes a little further than that. If you just do simple things in Microsoft Office, Chromebook has similar alternatives. There may be a short learning curve with the programs, but they are free.
Also, they are great travel and backup computers. An Internet connection is often needed. In today’s world, connectivity is everywhere. Wifi is in so many places.
Who Cannot Use Them?
Most who can’t use a Chromebook, already know. If you download games and programs that are Windows specific, you can’t. For me, Adobe Programs and work programs don’t allow for a connection. I still use the Chromebook for convenience in many situations though. This blog is often completed on a Chromebook.
How Much Cheaper Are They?
The initial cost is lower. A small Chromebook is $200-$500. Powerful Pixel Chromebooks are a little more expensive. That is just the initial cost though.
No anti-virus software required. Far few hardware and software breakdowns occur. The cost of these add up if problems arise. Computer diagnosis can be expensive. With a Chromebook, you just reset to factory settings. Your work remains available on the cloud.
These repair costs can leave a person stranded without a computer to pay their bills and perform other important computing tasks. If you’re on a low or fixed income, this can be a tragic inconvenience for a while. It’s a high price to pay for Windows functionality that you may not even need.
Way Beyond Traditional.
To tech folks, these Chromebooks will not be surprising. Linux based, small form factor computers have been around for a long time. They just haven’t been available to the average user in a formats that are easy to use. Google Chromebooks have fixed that.
Here are a few that go beyond the standard Notebook computer layout. I don’t recommend these for everyone as they are not portable options. If portability isn’t an issue, these are great solutions.
This small box combined with a keyboard, monitor, and mouse will work as a desktop computer.
The Chromebit just plugs into an HDMI port in any modern monitor or TV and works as a computer. Adding this wireless keyboard and touchpad combo makes this an inexpensive computer solution.
This all-in-one solution is a nice alternative too.
What If It Doesn’t Do What I Need?
The worst that could happen if a Chromebook doesn’t do all that you need is that you have a very functional backup computer to perform at least the basics. If the power goes out, you have a small computer that can run for 6-8 hours on battery and it’s portable.