A couple of months ago, I’d never heard of a Chromebook, but having had one for a short time, I can’t imagine ever being without it.
Now I’m not the kind of person who has to have the latest gadget. I proudly get by on the least amount of technology possible. So the idea of getting a Samsung Chromebook and leaving Microsoft Windows behind was really out of my comfort zone. But its sleek look, compact size and low price tag kept calling me.
Before making my purchase I read a lot of reviews, most of which were very technical. Not being a techie myself, I didn’t understand everything in those reviews. But one thing was clear—they were overwhelmingly positive. So I took a chance and I couldn’t be happier!
I saved more money by buying a used one
The new ones are practically dirt cheap at around $250. But when I saw a used “like new” Chromebook for about $65 less, I thought, what the heck, might as well give it a try. It was offered through Amazon Warehousedeals which had good reviews, and I knew I could return it if I didn’t like it.
The only thing I did give up buying a used one was the free 100 GB of document storage in the cloud on Google Drive for two years. This is in addition to the 5 GB that everyone can get for free. But I figured the 5 GB would be enough for me anyway.
I was so excited to unpack my new Chromebook!
Inside the box are the Chromebook, power cord, quick start guide and safety instructions.
My computer looked brand new, only the box looked like it had been opened and taped up again. The screen still had the protective plastic film on it and there were no marks anywhere. The pamphlets were in sealed plastic bags.
What I’m doing with my Samsung Chromebook
I’m on it a good 10 to 12 hours a day
At least ninety percent of the time I’m using my Chromebook to surf the web. I also check email, write online articles, edit photos and add products to my Zazzle store. A few times a week I watch YouTube videos or a TV program I might have missed.
Twelve reasons why I like my Chromebook more than my laptop
- Compact size. It’s small but not too small. Fits comfortably on the lap and is easy to type on.
- It’s light, weighing only 2.4 pounds. Why lug around a six pound laptop when you don’t have to.
- The elegant design. I like the streamlined shape and brushed silver finish.
- So inexpensive, as I mentioned before. I got tired of spending hundreds of dollars for a computer when they only last about five years anyway. Even if my Chromebook were only to last two years, I would still be spending less per year than with any other computer I’ve owned.
- Simplicity of use. It’s ready to go right out of the box. You don’t have to make backup disks which most people forget to do until the day comes when their hard drive has to be reformatted. And yes, that’s happened to me more than once.There’s no updating of Windows or any other software. Whenever I turn on my laptop, it always seems to be updating, updating, updating and I have to wait, wait, wait for it to finish. Then it restarts when I’m in the middle of something. Makes me wonder what was so great about Windows after all.
- Built in virus protection. As with the operating software, it never has to be updated and it doesn’t slow your computer down while working in the background.
- It turns on instantly, or four seconds to be precise. My laptop, on the other hand, takes forever to boot up.
- Documents are automatically saved when you use Google Drive. You’ll never lose data and you can work on your documents with any computer since they’re not stored on the hard drive.
- Super fast web surfing which allows me to get a lot more done. With my laptop I’m always getting the “Windows is not responding” message and the little circle that swirls around. Ugh.
- My Chromebook does not get hot even after several hours of use. My laptop can only go a couple of hours before it starts to overheat to the point where it just shuts off. That’s always fun.
- Built in webcam. Not that I was looking for this, but if I need one it’s there. My laptop doesn’t have one.
- Long battery life. Lasts more than six hours.
See how much nicer my Samsung Chromebook looks compared to my old laptop
The small size makes it more portable
Side by side you can really see the difference
My old laptop looks so clunky next to my new computer
Nice clear screen with good resolution
The only thing is with the screen being smaller, text was a bit harder to read. But it was a simple fix to make the text a little larger.
Full size keyboard
A real keyboard is easier to type on
Look what else I got
I got this hot case for protection when traveling
The hard exterior safeguards against damage.
Lots of padding inside and elastic to keep it from sliding around
It’s a perfect fit. You can use it in the case when you’re on the go.
Gratuitous cute puppy pic
These are my two great loves. They’re both by my side all day long, but only one of them doesn’t mind sitting on my lap. Can you guess which one?
Update: October 10, 2014
I’ve had my Chromebook now for almost a year and a half. I really am addicted to this thing. Wherever I go in the house, it goes with me. I use it in the kitchen to read recipes while I’m cooking. I even take it to bed and watch online TV shows until I fall asleep.
My old laptop only gets used occasionally when I want to edit photos or print something. Eventually I’ll get a cloud-ready printer when my old “traditional” printer conks out.
My Chromebook is still in great shape. The screen is intact. All the keys on the keyboard work. The case looks good. No scratches or anything. The battery doesn’t last as long as it did originally, but still will go about four hours. It never gets overheated even though I’m using it constantly.
I also wanted to mention that I had bought the two-year Square Trade warranty based on the fact that every computer I’ve ever owned has had something go wrong with it in the first year or two. But this is the first time EVER that absolutely nothing has gone wrong! Next time, I think I’ll skip the warranty.
This has been one of the best purchases I’ve ever made and I would definitely buy again!