Learning To Love the Chromebook

Tech.Pinions’ Steve Wildstrom says he’d been a skeptic about Chromebooks since Google first announced them, reasoning: “what could you really do on a pseudo-laptop whose only native application was the Chrome browser and which depended on an internet connection for most of its functionality.”

However, he kept his opinion to himself because he’d never used a Chromebook for more than a few minutes.

Now he has, and affirms that you can count him as a convert, and the Chromebook he’s been checking out for the past couple of weeks isn’t a swish $1,299 Google Pixel, but a humble $250 Acer c710 with an 11.6 non-touch display, 4 GB of RAM, a 1.1 GHz dual-core Intel Celeron, and a platter hard drive.

He notes that while it’s true that a Chromebook is far more restricted than a regular laptop of even a tablet, obliging you to make do with web apps, which are limited both in scope and in functionality, it’s still a good 80% or 90% solution, perfectly acceptable for the great bulk of what most people want to do most of the time. And most important for those of use who live in a world where we’re disconnected at least some of the time, key Google apps, especially Docs, work offline, and a Gmail add-on, officially still in beta testing, lets you read, edit, and reply to email messages offline.

And ya’ gotta’ love that price of entry!

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