So I'm Trying Out A Chromebook

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.

Easy peasy.

I downloaded a Chrome Extension for Secure Shell and away I went.

I tried a few other apps.

I tried printing.

No problems.

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.