I won’t hide it. I love the Samsung Chromebook. But, now that I’ve owned one for a little while now, I want to reiterate why someone (should they be looking) would want to buy the 11.6″ Samsung Chromebook. I’ll make this easy and break it down into a few reasons for you.
1. The Price: Too Good to Be True
When I tell people that my laptop was only $250, their jaws drop. Some iPods are more expensive. In fact, at a price this low, the Samsung Chromebook can almost be considered an “impulse buy” that’s under that expected computer price tag of at least $500.
It amazes me that students these days will spend $1,500 + on a Macbook Pro to take to college to 1.) Write papers 2.) Check email 3.) Check Facebook or 4.) Browse Reddit, when they could easily turn all that money into beer money by investing in the Samsung Chromebook.
2. It’s a Tablet, But Better
Tablets have come and gone. At first there was the iPad, then the slew of Android tablet versions came. I’ve let all of them pass me by; I’ve never been interested. Tablets don’t make sense to me. They have a lot of potential, theoretically, but are ultimately held back by the lack of keyboard in my opinion. When I want to “compute,” I want to type. Most things involve typing – checking email, Facebook, blogging, chatting, searching. Some people don’t mind not having a keyboard, so what else make this Chromebook like a tablet, but better?
- Battery life: I typically get at least 7 hours of it. I can charge it once at the beginning of the week, and use it a little bit every day at work and be fine. The auto-dimming screen is great for extending the life, and obviously a lack of moving parts keeps battery life going strong.
- Instant on: Okay, it’s not instant. But from fully off, to up and logged-in, the Chromebook takes less than 10 seconds. I routinely turn it off (unlike my other computers) because it’s not a hassle to open the lid and boot it up. I love it.
- Portability: There’s no difference between carrying an 11.6″ Chromebook and carrying an iPad or another tablet. Both slip easily into a backpack, purse, or protective case. So, the real question is, would you rather like to carry around a device that can conduct business as usual in a PC-like environment, or would you like to poke around on a glamorized iPhone? (Harsh, I know.)
3. It’s Always Updated, Always Getting Better
Seriously. I just had to restart while typing this because Google released an update to Chrome, and by extension, the Chrome OS that runs Samsung’s Chromebook. Because the OS is managed by Google, you know that innovation is never far. New features are only weeks away, and you never know what improvements will be made.
In the short time that I’ve owned it, Google has added tons of slight improvements, but also some major updates such as Netflix compatibility. For $250, you get a lifetime of Google innovations and updates. Not many other operating systems (especially not Windows) offer such an attractive upgrade plan for free. Just like on Android, Google passes its value on through system updates.
4. Run Windows, Mac OS, or Linux Easily
I was shocked to learn about this functionality, but anyone that “nay-says” the Chromebook’s capability hasn’t been exposed to this feature. With Chrome Remote Desktop, I can easily access any computer I connect to, adding its capabilities directly to my Chromebook. It’s amazing. At work, I can connect to our Macs, run Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, etc. At home, I can connect to my PC and take on any of its software capabilities too. Really, it’s the best of all worlds, as remote desktop adds infinite functionality to this tiny, inexpensive device.
I could go on, but I think I’ll leave it there. The Samsung Chromebook has been a phenomenal purchase. At only $250, I cannot recommend a more full-featured and portable device. I took it around the world, and loved having it all along the way.
- Samsung vs. Acer: Chromebook (chrisrichards.co)
- The misunderstood Chromebook: Why few get it (zdnet.com)
- Going ‘All-In’ With the Samsung Chromebook (geardiary.com)