Chromebooks: The Device For The Rest of Us

What inspired this piece of writing was my first-hand experience with a premium Chromebook, the Chromebook Pixel. As a staunch Windows user, I am blown away by the experience offered by the simplicity and ‘lightness’ of Chrome OS (alongside the incredible hardware and build of the Google-made Chromebook Pixel). I had never been able to justify the purpose of buying a separate low powered laptop that is effectively a Chrome-one-trick machine, now I have realized that one trick is one trick good enough for 90% of my (and a lot of others’ workflow) with much lower power consumption on the move.

Undemanding on Hardware

Chrome OS is incredibly lightweight and runs on low specs. It is already very usable on ‘joke specs’ like 2 GB RAM and 16 GB storage, and can load and perform common tasks (mostly on the cloud) comfortably while still maintaining incredible battery lives. Slightly more powerful ones (4 to 8 GB of RAM, and 32 GB storage options) runs buttery smooth over extensive periods of time while keeping 20+ tabs open. The fact that you can power through most of your tasks on these specifications is enough reason to consider a Chromebook over ultraportables if you don’t need raw brute power (gaming, professional editing, modelling) or sophisticated features (academic formatting, specific executable software) on the go. With these assumptions in mind, for the some money spent on a satisfactory laptop, you can get an well-built Chromebook that will make you look forward to every moment spent on it.

Low Power Consumption

Minimalist

Extremely Intuitive

Android and Offline Features

The Case For Premium Chromebooks

Consider Getting A Chromebook

Chromebooks are a rarity in the place I am from, which is frustratingly surprising. I can find premium Surface devices, ultrabooks, MacBooks, iPads, and even Android tablets, and all of these actually fade in comparison to a good Chromebook in terms of actual usefulness, money-for-value, longevity, power efficiency, and usability. Again, I don’t think Chromebooks alone can be that sole primary device that you will ever need, but neither can most of the devices listed above. That gap for a light, portable, and reliable clamshell computer in the average person’s workflow, might just be filled in by a reasonably priced Chromebook. I know mine did.

I hope slowly but surely, tech consumers all over the world can start recognizing that incredible value brought by good Chromebooks and give them the market demand and recognition they deserve.

Psychology enthusiast, trainee counsellor, washed up scientist, struggling writer. Sometimes reviews games and books, but mostly rants about life’s left hooks.