Look, I’ll be the first to admit it. A Chromebook can be a weird thing to a techhead. They’re underpowered. They have like this huuuuge dependency on being online. And when all the other arguments have been discussed, they aren’t anything more than a browser. Then again, they’re a little bit more than that. And that’s where all these Chromebook myths come from.
All of this is true. But Chromebooks are weird. Somehow they’re more than the sum of their parts. The simplicity is part of the charm and the attraction. That’s the point of a Chromebook. With the explosion of web-based, well, everything, you get to do more and more on the web. Add to that the inbuilt security, the fact that Chromebooks seem to keep getting better as they go along (and this is by design. Google’s way of doing things is pretty much this entire model), it means that your Chromebook Just Works™.
But don’t get caught up in the hype. A Chromebook is great for… most things. If you’re into specific things, like design, art, applications that need a lot of graphics power, or into gaming, then a Chromebook really won’t suit you. Chromebooks are good for second devices. They’re superb for doing quick n easy things, like email, calendaring, checking Facebook or Whatsapp, or writing the occasional document.
They also do the job if you don’t do a lot of printing, courtesy of the many modern printers that now support Google Cloud Print natively. Heck, if you have a primary computer (recall when I said that they are awesome secondary laptops?) then you can print through the drivers installed on that.
In any case, the next time you come across someone who sniffs derisively at the very idea of a Chromebook, save your words. Show them this video. Let it do the talking. Lenovo did.