Reasons you love your Chromebook!
While the Chromebook community spoke about the features they desire but lack in their current Chromebooks, (with the occasional Mac user snide comment!) there are also reasons to celebrate being a Chromebook user, and, again, we thought of taking the opportunity to make this discussion into a small feature. So, what we’ve done, we looked at some of the replies that users have posted and tried to find what was hid behind the community’s reasons to love Chromebooks. So feel free to add to the original Google Plus page discussion, or leave us a comment in our comments section, on what it is that makes you love your Chromebook machine…
So here are a few of the many reasons why you love your Chromebooks!
What else is there to say? 🙂 Well, if we were to create the profile of a user that rarely if ever gets in any trouble with a Chromebook, two profiles would emerge as possible: a lite user, that either only uses the machine for, generally, non productive tasks, a bit of browsing, a bit of email back and fro, maybe the occasional text based productive task and maybe a game here and there. There’s (almost!) no way to get in trouble with such a usage profile. On the other hand, Chromebook users could also be very industrious, as one has to be to, say, be considered a Chrome power user! And that industriousness would be expressed as a capacity to adapt, find different ways to navigate around the OSes limitations, learning to add and use applications that get the job done, even if it takes a bit of mucking about to find them; maybe even mess around with the inner workings of the OS itself, which would require making use of some programming skills and such knowhow, of the inner workings of Chrome.
Chromebooks are cheap!
And, indeed, that is the truth with most of the lineup of Chromebook laptops, especially some of the newer ones that have emerged this year. But, definitely, cheap would mean nothing if the quality of these well priced Chromebooks was, say, subpar. Which is, thankfully just not the case. See for instance the current HP Chromebook 11 and HP Chromebook 14 models, as well as the Acer C720 and the Acer C720P; all four pack quality, (relatively) dense displays and specs that are all about dual core processors and at least 2GB of working ram. So, yeah, with that kind of a lineup, also with fairly decent builds, you can pretty much go for a product that, in my view, just costs as much as it is worth, without no underlying caveats or hidden problems.
Chromebooks don’t want (or need) to be Macs or PCs!
This is a position that the community strongly is in tune with, position with which we agree and disagree (while secretly hoping that Chrome OS was as mature as some of these other OSes!). But mostly we love that we live in a world with diverse OSes: if one developer decides to take a direction we don’t really like, say, Microsoft :), we have some other options to navigate towards. However, if all OSes share some similar philosophies (closed platform and hedging, for instance) that may not actually be about diversity as much as it is about a cornucopia, the kind where the diversity is only perceived… Which, unfortunately is the case and seems to be the trend for the years to come, from all major developers, maybe less so on the Linux front.
Also, cross pollination between OSes, even if not necessarily coming from a position of outright copying and pasting of ideas, is both a good idea and a reality. The last Chrome OS updates have shown that implementing a classic desktop (how about that Microsoft!), which shares similar features to Mac and PC desktops can be beneficial, as it is familiar to users and per se, intrinsically useful for a…desktop/laptop product (where desk and lap are the actual areas where you want that device to be used from). But, ultimately, we love our Chrome and, thus, the Chromebook devices is not trying, because it is, a device for those on the go, on the cheaper but quality oriented side, and also, a device that is going to expand its user base and functionality in the future.
I for one love it because it makes my freelancing on the go easier, neater, less likely to lead to issues (loss of files, misplaced files, get my files stolen along with the actual hardware, etc.) Yeah, it might not be the world’s most feature full laptop, but the benefits make it an obvious choice for me, plus, I don’t mind slapping it in a backpack and forgetting about it. And that for me is (most of the time) enough. Plus, I still use a “classic” desktop on which I have access to the very same files I have access on the go, on my beat up, yet still functional Chromebook.
So, yeah, let us know what makes you love your Chromebook; leave us a comment below or visit the “I love my Chromebook because…” post on Google Plus.