The 30 day Chromebook Challenge
Ever since the Chromebook came out, I have been fascinated by it and 99% sure that I wanted to own one.
As of two days ago, I am now the proud owner of a Samsung Chromebook. Inspired by Google SEO guru Matt Cutts, I have decided to take a thirty day challenge using the Chromebook as my primary laptop.
The appeal of the Chromebook for me was that everything is online, it has limited storage capacity as pretty much everything goes into the cloud. It came with 100GB of extra Google Drive space (for 2 years), and 12 internet sessions that you can use for when you are flying (not that I will probably ever use them!).
I am only a few days in but the Chromebook looks the goods. I have installed all of the apps I think I will need to productively complete my monthly SEO contracts. The apps I am using are Evernote, Wunderlist, Microsoft Word & Excel online, and my online storage – Google Drive, OneDrive and Dropbox.
So what is the good and bad? Here are a few things I have noticed.
- Lightweight. It weighs 1.1KG so its quite light in comparison to my bulky Dell Inspiron N4050.
- Fast loading. I turned it on and it took less than 10 seconds to boot up! Wow!
- HDMI output with USB input/output. In my downtime I plugged in my USB drive and plugged the HDMI to my LG TV. It seemed to play any video files without any issues or codec problems, so a great little media player.
- Great battery life. About 6 hours of battery time for regular surfing the net. However, this dropped considerably while watching a movie through the TV.
- Automatic updates. As virtually everything is web-based there is no need for updating programs. The Chrome OS did need to update when I first bought it but after a painless 10 second restart I was running the latest version with inbuilt virus protection.
- One major annoyance I found was that the file manager is only limited to the limited storage or Google Drive. At present there is no way to add Dropbox, OneDrive or other popular online storage. Google would have done this purposely to get people to use Google Drive over it’s competition.
- No “delete” or “Caps Lock”. This wasn’t a major issue for me, but I could see how some others could be tearing their hair out. The caps lock has been replaced with a search button to find your favorite apps. The backspace key is also the delete key if text is highlighted.
- No right-click. Similar to Macs, there is no right-click on the track pad. Instead you have to hold down the “Alt” key to achieve extra functionality.
- Evernote web does not let you hyperlink 🙁 Major letdown for SEO specialists, but that’s no fault of the Chromebook.
Overall the advantages outweigh the disadvantages. I will still need to use my other laptop for a few tasks till I can find online services to replace some of my programs.