Today, I want to talk a little about Chrome. Specifically, Chrome OS. Chrome OS is an operating system that is literally meant to be just Google Chrome, but it does allow you to download Android apps from Google Play.
The thing is, this thing is actually decently fast. Like, unless I keep my computer on for weeks on end without rest, it doesn’t slow down by much. It’s always ready when I need it, and I can manage documents even when offline thanks to Google Drive’s ability to work offline.
The only thing I could find I couldn’t do that I wanted was to play PUBG and Fortnite. To some of you, that might be a dealbreaker. For me, however, that’s just fine. I primarily use this device to manage spreadsheets, read books, maintain YouTube Playlists (particularly Watch Later), and I’m beginning to start playing Naruto Online.
Believe it or not, this is stuff that was really annoying to do with my Windows Laptop provided by my school. It always slowed to a crawl by the time I was done with half the day, Google Play Books did not work at all, and forget about trying to use YouTube.
Windows 10’s Bluetooth system does not work at all. I’ve had the thing Blue Screen when trying to use Bluetooth, and sometimes it would suddenly drop the connection. Once that happened, it would take nearly an hour just to try and fix the connection, and YouTube would take nearly half an hour to get working.
This is an issue I have never run into on this Chromebook. So long as I remember to turn off Bluetooth on my iPhone, all I got to do with turn them on, wait for the headphones to appear in the Bluetooth menu, and connect. Done deal. No need to worry about it.
I thought this device lacked the keyboard shortcuts I enjoyed on Windows when I first got it, but I eventually learned this is not the case. Alt+Tab works, there’s a lock button on the keyboard, and the FN+Left/Right arrows for Home and End can be accomplished by holding the Search+Left/Right. Caps Lock also continues to exist, all I have to do is press Alt+Search. In fact, my favorite new shortcut is the ability to swipe to the left or right with two fingers on the trackpad to go back and forward; I use it all the time without even thinking about it!
Basically, there’s practically nothing I miss. The only thing I miss is DOS Emulation and Minecraft, and let’s be honest, this is not a deal breaker. I will likely soon be able to play Fortnite as it’s coming to Android soon, and Naruto Online is a pretty good MMO to waste my time with.
What about video editing? I haven’t really had the opportunity to do this, however, I will likely be doing this with WeVideo Unlimited, which is $5.99/month, and will be way better than Windows Movie Maker.
As for managing my main website, I will be able to do this as this Chromebook comes with a text editor that already comes with most of the features I enjoyed with Notepad++ on Windows.
I will not be doing video game production for some time, however. I will be focusing mainly on brushing up my video production skills.
As you can see, this Chromebook is able to do practically everything I want it to do. The best part? It’s about as fast as I want it and it wasn’t too expensive. It’s even a convertible, so I can use it in Tablet, Tent, or Display mode should I choose. The resolution may be 1366×768 (Still HD, but not Full HD), but the screen is small enough to look sharp at that resolution. I even grabbed a Material Design wallpaper, which looks amazing on this thing.
I absolutely love the touchscreen on this thing, too. You never realize you need it until you have it.
So should you get a Chromebook? Unless you’re a gamer or a professional video editor (who needs something like Premiere Pro to get your job done), I’d say absolutely. There isn’t much you can’t do on this thing. In fact, even if you’re a Retro Gamer, there are a decent amount of emulators on the Google Play Store that works fine enough.
I am currently using the Acer Chromebook R11, which is available on Amazon for a list price of $299 and is eligible for Prime Shipping. Click Here to check it out.
And for the record, there is no reason to get a Pixelbook. It is $999 for the lowest model and $1,649 for the most expensive model, and that’s without a Pixelbook Pen ($99) or Preferred Care ($249).
The only downside to this device is that there isn’t a dBrand or Slickwrap Skin I can buy for it.