Last week I had a chance to try out a Chromebook.
And so I went for it.
Outside of trying some at Best Buy for a few minutes I’ve never really had the chance to see what Chromebooks can do.
Upfront, I must say.
I was rather impressed.
Chromebooks are really simple to use.
Power it up, connect to the Internet, and then go.
All of my Google G Suite apps work just like they do on a normal computer.
I moved onto using Office 365.
Working in Office apps using the Chrome browser was simple and straightforward.
No problems here.
I wanted to get a little deeper and so I thought I would try using an SSH client to connect to some network equipment.
I downloaded a Chrome Extension for Secure Shell and away I went.
I tried a few other apps.
I tried printing.
This thing works like a champ.
Certain apps available in the Google Web store weren’t quite what I was looking for to solve certain tasks.
But if spend more time looking I’m sure I’d find an app that could fit the bill.
All in all the Chromebook is a great little computing device.
There’s always the argument that you need to be connected to the Internet for it to really work for you.
To that I would say.
If you live in a metro area like I do with dozens of Internet options including free Wi-Fi at a local Starbucks, a Chromebook can work for you.
You can also store files on the Chromebook when you know that you’re going to be offline for a while.
Full disclosure - there are certain apps that I can’t run at all in the Chrome OS environment.
There are technical apps that I use on a regular basis that just don’t work.
But even with that said the Chromebook will cover 95% of what I do.
I would venture to say most worker roles in business today could work 100% in Chrome OS.
I still have the Chromebook for another week.
I’ll share anything else I find interesting.
If you’re looking for a Chromebook or at least thinking about it, give it a shot.
It’s pretty cool.