Monday

The Game of Chromebook


Moving away from my Mac was hard but choosing Chromebook really didn't take a lot of brain-power. 

I've been in the market for a laptop for over two years since giving my adored MacBook to my wife. While I still had visitation use privileges on the weekend, not having my own laptop took a toll on my word count and productivity. But the sad reality remained that we simply could not afford another laptop, at least not another Mac. 
And that was the problem. I'm a die-hard Mac guy, so looking at a more affordable machine was out of the question. 

Enter the Chromebook

I'm not sure how I got turned onto the notion of a Chromebook but it may have been at a visit to our local Apple store, ironically, that put the idea in my head. The sales person at Apple compared a MacBook Air to Chromebook (I have no idea why he would do that). As he was reviewing the adorable features of the Air, I started to tic down a list of things I actually needed a laptop to do.

I do almost, if not all, email and social media on my phone and I don't do games. Video productions are created either on my phone or on my iMac in the office. So I don't need a blazing fast processor, a heap of memory, or warehouse-size hard drive.

I need a reliable, stable laptop for writing, publishing, researching...and what else? And I need to be able to do that anywhere from my comfy office to the front seat of my twelve year old Honda and a few places in between. That's about it.

The cursor of the mind blinked a few times...and I was off to explore Chromebooks.

I walked out of the Apple store and before hitting the parking lot I learned new terms, understood new device specs and looked at a few Chromebook reviews (all on my iPhone 7). The Mac OS has been my sole system for a long time, going back to system 6.5! Even looking at another system was akin to adultery, yet there I was.

Learning the new tech and terms that came with investigating a new piece of tech was interesting but it didn't distract from what seems to be a rather featureless machine. Still the attractive price of the Chromebooks that kept me from abandoning my investigation.

The final selling point (on deciding to purchase a Chromebook) came from digging a little deeper into the world of Google Docs. I found the platform could be manipulated to meet my needs and was the unending customization with the features I wanted (and only the ones I wanted). Honestly, I could care less about 99% of the features on most word processing programs. Added bonus, the Chrome OS follows the same customization plan.

So, in the end, price and manipulation brought me to the Chromebook. And since I'm (one of the few) blogging on Googles Blogger platform...we're going to give this Chromebook thing a try.

Straight out of the box

I was working on an article within 5 minutes of opening my new Chromebook for the first time. Having my Google accounts set up certainly helped speed things along, but there were no complexities to hold me back - I just got to writing.

That's my goal; just get to writing.

And this is where it all circles back around; I can just write my stuff. No distractions. Working on a system that caters to me - with only the features I want may speed my progress (and perhaps increased my daily word count).

Time will tell if this $300.00 trip down the Chromebook road will work out, but I'm certain we're off to a good start.