Make an Easy Switch to Chromebook Now (and Never Look Back)

Ryan Dube 27-08-2015

I’ve always been a Windows guy, at least as long as I’ve been working for MakeUseOf 4 Ways To Bulletproof Windows XP Forever Windows XP is slated to be exterminated for good by Microsoft in April of 2014. It is the last stage of a multi-year effort to kill off the operating system. Windows XP is one of... Read More . Windows 95, Windows ME, XP, Windows 7… like many of you I’ve adopted, studied the OS, adapted, and eventually learned to love each of them for different reasons. Are you curious to know why as of today, I’m a Chromebook guy?


There are plenty of reasons you may consider switching your OS of choice. If you’re like me, you might have considered trying out a Linux distro or two The Best Linux Distros for First Time Switchers From Windows and Mac Linux has an intimidating image, making it seem like it would be difficult to start using it. But the switch from Windows and Mac is actually pretty easy, if you can ease yourself into it. Read More that looked most like the latest Windows OS, but never had the courage or the time to try. Maybe you even considered switching to a Mac 8 Reasons Why I Switched To A Mac I've been using Macs for about 5 years now, and before that I was a 100% Windows and PC guy. What happened exactly? Why did I switch? Without wishing to start a flame war, here... Read More .


I personally couldn’t find the time to choose, install and test a Linux distro, and after helping students working on the Mac workstations back in college, I swore that it would be the one OS I would never use. Which pretty much left me as a die-hard Windows user for the last couple of decades.

After all that time, I’ve made the switch to Chromebook; and I think once you’ve read my own reasons why, you may consider doing it yourself.

Chromebook is Amazingly Cheap

Ever since I was in high school, I always considered computers to be a major purchase. You could count on investing anywhere from $800 to $2500 to buy one, so I always had a system of making the one I owned last as long as possible while I saved up for the next one.


Looking back, it’s a bit embarrassing to think how much these old beasts cost, considering how worthless they are today. But it’s always important to stay on top of advancements in PC technology unless you want to be left behind with an old, slower-than-death computer.


Alas, that’s the nature of Moore’s Law What Is Moore's Law, And What Does It Have To Do With You? [MakeUseOf Explains] Bad luck has nothing to do with Moore's Law. If that is the association you had, you are confusing it with Murphy's Law. However, you were not far off because Moore's Law and Murphy's Law... Read More , right?

As time went on, the cost of replacing a PC at least dropped closer to $1000, or just under it. These days, you can get a decent Acer with a 17″ or larger screen (good enough for most desktop applications) for anywhere from $450 upwards of $1500. It all depends on the size of the hard drive, the screen resolution, RAM and all of those usual specs.



In other words, buying a decent computer running the latest version of Windows is still something most people have to save up for. This is especially true if you’re a Mac user, where prices are even higher.

But in the magical world of Chromebook, it’s a whole other story. If you’re looking for a mini-laptop with a 11.6 inch screen, you can get a Acer for $150, or a Samsung for about $250. And don’t be fooled into thinking Chromebooks are only mini-tablets. If you’re looking to replace your desktop, there are amazing solutions like the Acer Chromebook 15 — the one that I eventually opted for.



This one has an Intel Celeron Dual-Core 1.5 GHz Processor, a 4 GB SDRAM, 32 GB Solid-State Drive, a 15.6″ Full HD screen (very sweet), and a 9 hour battery life.

Just to make the Chromebook experience 5 Web Resources for New Chromebook Owners The Chromebook is a form factor that splits opinion, as we previously discovered when we asked you what you thought of the netbook-like devices from Google. However, the Chromebook isn't going away anytime soon, with... Read More that much easier of a transition, the Acer also comes with two free years of 150 GB of Google Drive storage, and even a free cloud version of Office. For a person looking to try and replace a Windows laptop, it’s a dream — and many other Chromebook brands offer many of the same deals.

75% of What You Do Now Comes on a Chromebook

When I first fired up my new Chromebook, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Having used Microsoft’s OS since DOS in the late 1980s, I suspected this would be a painful experience and a steep learning curve. So, the first things to cover here are the things that Windows users typically expect from a computer experience, that you’ll actually find on a Chromebook.

First off is the start menu. It’s the first thing I checked for, because I like easy access to every application that’s available on my PC with just a few clicks. At first I thought maybe Chromebook didn’t have one, because the “Windows” button is actually just a “search” magnifying glass.



Turns out that it actually does behave like a Microsoft “start” menu – popping up a Window with all of the apps that are available for you to launch.

The first thing you’ll notice is that the idea of a Chromebook only being useful if you have an Internet connection is not entirely accurate. You’ll notice this when you take a closer look at the apps that are available. These are technically supposed to be “web apps”, but you’ll find that most of the apps designed to work on a Chromebook are made to work whether you’re offline or online. Dan Price in fact debunked the Chromebook “online only” myth Chromebooks Don't Work Offline? Debunking the Myths One of the biggest criticisms aimed at Google's Chromebooks is that they are online-only machines – ergo, no Internet, no point. How true is this statement? Read More a while back.


The next thing you’ll notice is that unlike the common misconception that anything you do on the Chromebook is going to be browser-based, many of these apps actually open in their own Window like a regular program you’d run on a Windows PC. In the search field, you can still type in “calculator” or “files” and open up those utilities just like you would on Windows.


There are a few things missing by default that I personally use all the time, like Notepad, irFanView (screen capture/image editor) and Microsoft Office. I’ll get to how you can easily add your favorite Windows tools and programs to your Chromebook in the next section.

If you really liked pinned apps on your Windows toolbar, then you’ll fee right at home when you first launch your new Chromebook.


And if you want even browser-based apps top open in their own window rather than a Chrome browser (like Google Drive or Gmail), just right click on the icon in the toolbar and select Open as window.


Now you’ve basically got a Chromebook that will feel just like your Windows PC. Within just a few hours of using it, you’ll completely forget that you aren’t a Windows OS user anymore.

The Other 25% is Readily Available

That isn’t to say that everything you need as a Windows user will be on the Chromebook from day one. As I mentioned above, I really needed the applications that I regularly used every day on my Windows laptop — Notepad, iFanView (screen capture/image editor) and Microsoft Office just to name a few. You may have a few of your own. 

The odds are good that searching through the Chrome Web Store, you’ll find an alternative that works, or in some cases — like Microsoft Office online apps — you’ll find exactly what you need.


I have to admit that I was overjoyed to see that using a Chromebook, I wouldn’t have to learn to live without Word or Excel. I mean, I love me some Google Spreadsheets and Google Docs, but sometimes I just prefer using Word and Excel — and it’s nice to have that option. Did I mention that they’re free?


And if you need to work on documents or spreadsheets offline, yes you can still do that with your Chromebook. In Google Sheets or Docs, all you have to do is click on the menu icon in the upper left corner, choose Settings, and enable “Offline sync”.


My replacement for Notepad wasn’t entirely necessary, because Google Keep comes pre-installed on the Chromebook. However, I’ve never really gotten the hang of Google Keep — it feels very disorganized and dysfunctional to me — a pile of mixed-up documents on the main window when you first open it just feels cluttered and annoying to me. Nope, I prefer typing in “notepad”, hitting “enter” and having a nice clean sheet read to go. Is there an “app for that” on Chromebook?

Thankfully, yes. There is an app called Qwiknote for Chrome that you can run offline as an app on your Chromebook, and it’ll sync online whenever you next connect to the Internet. After installing it, you can just search apps for “note” and there it is.


Unlike many of the other note-taking apps on the Chrome store that have a very amateurish asthetic with a silly old-school wood-grain background or a cluttered and distracting front-end, QwikNote is simple, clean, and a perfect replace for the traditional Windows Notepad app. In fact, it’s even better.


The simple front-end is deceiving though, because hidden in the Menu are some useful features, like wordcount, the ability to view the document in your browser (for quick HTML coding), a quick send-to-email option that opens the document in compose mode in Gmail, and quick-save or upload as a text file to or from Google Drive or any attached storage device you’re using.

The last need I had was irFanView for screen capture and image editing, and it took me less than 30 seconds to find a suitable alternative app for my Chromebook called Nimbus.


Seriously, everything I could think of needing from the old Windows 8.1 laptop that I had been using up until now, had a perfect equivalent (or better) replacement from the Chrome store. To say that I was pleased is an understatement.

More Speed and Better Data Security

Aside from the required apps and feeling comfortable with the OS and the look and feel of the desktop, I was overjoyed to see just how fast everything worked. My Windows laptop — with a more powerful CPU and more RAM, regularly got bogged down after opening and closing many tabs while using Chrome and other programs. Sometimes, sites that used to open quickly would take ages to open, for no apparent reason. I would have to close out Chrome and open the browser fresh again to try and resolve those issues.

After using my new Chromebook for a couple of months now, I see none of those issues. I regularly have 20 tabs open in Chrome on it, and it runs as fast and as nimble 5 Ways to Stop Your Chromebook Slowing Down Has your Chromebook crawled to a halt? Is your Chromebook slow to load pages? Is your Chromebook slowing down generally? Time to speed up Chrome again. Read More as though I only had one tab open.

And let’s talk about security The Top 8+ Security & Privacy Extensions For The Chrome Browser Google’s Chrome Web Store hosts many extensions that can protect your security and privacy while using Chrome. Whether you want to block JavaScript, plug-ins, cookies and tracking scripts or force websites to encrypt your traffic,... Read More for a moment. If you thought Mac OS users were safe from viruses, you can be even safer by owning a Chromebook, for several reasons.

  • Chromebook uses “Verified Boot”, which means it verifies that the Chrome OS and the Linux kernel are properly signed and haven’t been tampered with. So when you’re logging into your Chromebook, you can be 100% confident there’s no keylogger or malware waiting for your secret code. And if the Google OS discovers any tampering? It heals itself — reverting to the last good, verified version. Even a Mac can’t do that automatically.
  • Chrome OS uses eCryptfs, a file system encryption that’s built right into the Linux kernel, which ensures no one and nothing can read any of the data stored on the local hard drive.
  • If you want to use the Chromebook without leaving a trail, log into it in “Guest Mode” (essentially like “incognito” on your Chrome browser), and when you exit, all of that browsing data will be wiped from the system.
  • Chromebook automatically downloads the latest security patches or version updates of Chrome, so you never have to worry about missing an important security patch. Every desktop app you download from the Chrome store has its own automatic updater of course. You never even have to think about it.

And if you’re concerned about the issue of saving your most important information “in the cloud” — and not having access to a local hard drive? Well, that’s not entirely true either. All you have to do is plug in an external hard drive into the USB port of your Chromebook (or a USB drive or SD card), and you most certainly do have a local hard drive where you can save your most important files.


So there you have it, just about every application you could possibly need, the same hardware functionality you’d expect with a laptop via HDMI, audio and USB ports (depending on the quality of Chromebook you buy), and a level of security that’s better than laptops four to five times the price of a Chromebook.

At this rate, I’ll no longer need to keep saving up for the next “upgrade” in five years. I might by myself two or three Chromebooks — one for every room!

Have you ever used a Chromebook? What’s your analysis of them? If you haven’t, what worries and fears are holding you back? Share your thoughts and concerns in the comments section below!

Image Credit: Sergey Peterman via Shutterstock, Fer Gregory via Shutterstock, Acer Chromebook 15 via Amazon

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  1. Sugi
    June 27, 2016 at 3:16 am

    Chromebooks are great devices for doing the one thing that, at least today, matters most; accessing the internet. They're relatively low cost, pretty speedy, and provides a great competitor in the netbook/tablet market.
    Unfortunately, I'm afraid its simply not powerful or versatile enough to replace my main PC.

  2. Anonymous
    September 2, 2015 at 9:07 am

    As for Photoshop and Chrome, its almost there for everyone.

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    • Mihir Patkar
      September 2, 2015 at 10:23 am

      Oh wow, I had no idea about this. This is so cool! Thanks for sharing, Patrick

  3. Anonymous
    September 1, 2015 at 4:06 am

    There's still the question of using a printer. Solve that easily and I'll be in the Chromebook zine.

    • Mihir Patkar
      September 1, 2015 at 7:29 am

      Wireless printers are super, super easy with Chromebooks. Are you using a wired one?

  4. Anonymous
    August 31, 2015 at 2:42 am

    I have been using a Chromebook since I got my Cr-48. This is the official first Chromebooks ever given to consumers for test driving by Google. We did not pay for them as Google gave them to a limited number of people to test out their new OS.

    So I guess you can say I have been there since the beginning.

    With that said, I think the Chromebook is great and if you do most of your work with online apps, you will feel right at home with a Chromebook.

    The only downside of a Chromebook are those few applications that you need a standard PC to run such as Photoshop and YNAB to name two.

    How many of you turn on your laptop and live in the browser? If this describes you, then a Chromebook would work for you.

    If you run a PC specific app then a Chromebook may not be an option.

  5. Anonymous
    August 29, 2015 at 7:40 pm

    Some more helpful apps for Chromebook users:

    CloudMagic (Android app ported over to Chromebooks) it's literally the only Email Client option for a Chromebook right now. (Besides just importing POP3 accounts into your Gmail, but that's not a great experience, and only supports POP3)

    CodeAnywhere - Online IDE for web development

    sFTP - FileZilla-like app that lets your connect to a server for file transfer

    Pixlr - Photoshop clone (Photoshop 7 clone, ((not CS7....7))) Works great for "photoshopping"

    YouTube - Video editor. Very simple stuff, cutting and splicing video, adding audio to a video, adding transitions etc.

    Chrome Remote Desktop - RDP that lets you remote into a Windows/Mac computer that has Chrome installed. I use it when I need to use InDesign and I'm at home. I remote into my work computer, which has InDesign installed.

    TinkerCad - online CAD-like software. I've used it a bunch. You can create files to be printed from a 3D printer.

    LucidPress - InDesign alternative. Create brochures, posters, business cards etc.

    • Mihir Patkar
      August 30, 2015 at 5:39 am

      Hmmm the idea of using Chrome Remote Desktop to get Windows/Mac apps is pretty neat.

      • Anonymous
        August 30, 2015 at 6:15 am

        Works great!

  6. Anonymous
    August 29, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    You mention you may purchase more Chromebooks.

    This is exactly what I have found to have occurred. Within a year of buying my first Chromebook, I have purchased 3 more!!

    One for my wife since she complained about apps like facebook crashing on her iPad mini or websites simply not working. No more complaints.

    I have also purchased a Chromebase and a ChromeBox for use in the spare room. The chromebox is my goto desktop computer, the chromebase I use as a monitor for when I am fixing other folks computers which allows me to quickly switch to Chrome OS to look up a piece of information and switch back to the PC to fix it.

    The Chromebase is also the monitor for my chromebox when I'm not fixing a computer. I purchased the chromebase primarily as a very nice monitor that just so happens to come with chrome OS as well :-)

    I have 2 windows computers I've had for a while. A desktop and a laptop. I use the laptop once a week, the desktop gets turned on if we need to print from a chrome device or if I am going to be editing audio or video files, which may happen 1-2 times per month.

    I am now considering upgrading from my original chromebook (Toshiba) to a Dell Chromebook 13 when it comes out later this fall. The old Toshiba will be easy to hand down to other family members, powerwash and hand it over :-)

    • Mihir Patkar
      August 30, 2015 at 5:52 am

      Hey, a Chromebase user! It'd be great if you could expand more on that here, Jean-Pierre. I don't understand why you need a Chromebox attached to a Chromebase.

      • Anonymous
        August 30, 2015 at 11:46 am

        A Chromebox needs a monitor. I could attach the old 12" 4:3 Dell monitor I used to use, I elected for a larger monitor and the Chromebase is a nice monitor.

        When fixing someones computer I'll disconnect the HDMI from the Chomebox and attach the ailing computer to the Chromebase. The Chromebase is a much better way to repair computers vs the 12" dell monitor I had. I can attach the Chromebase to pretty much any computer, either directly using HDMI or by using adapters I can also attach using DVI, DisplayPort or VGA.

        I found the Chromebase fine for up to 4 tabs at a time, which is more than enough when researching an issue with a computer. I added the chromebox to allow me to keep 10 or so tabs open at a time as my daily driver and it still be responsive without HDJ error screens. Had the Chromebase had more memory and a faster processor I could have done without the chromebox.

        The Chromebase has lived up to the task I bought it for, to be a monitor for repairing computers. It just can't keep up with the number of tabs I use as my daily driver.

        • Mihir Patkar
          August 30, 2015 at 2:20 pm

          Ah, much clearer :) Thanks for taking the time to reply!

  7. Anonymous
    August 29, 2015 at 12:09 am

    I bought my Acer C710 back in September 2013, and I've absolutely loved it. There's no piece of tech I've ever bought in my friggin' LIFE that I've regretted less. As mentioned before, there are thousands of use-cases, and mine happens to be one, Ryan, where my Chromebook is able to fulfill every single computing need I have except for gaming.

    However, that's not something I'd do on a laptop anyway. I built a dedicated Windows desktop for that, so in my world that's not part of the laptop equation. Guess I'm back to the Chromebook being 100% capable (for my laptop uses), huh?

    There are two things about my C710 that have made my transition from Windows to ChromeOS perhaps easier than for's the last Chromebook I know of that uses the legacy "normal" keyboard since it was built from the same-chassis Windows version, and its RAM is upgradeable. So my keyboard orientation never suffered and I was able to buy a 4GB unit for the price of the 2GB ($150) by stuffing in 2GB of RAM from a scavenged laptop of years ago hee hee.

    Six months after I bought my Acer I surprised my wife with an identical perfect refurb I got from Acer for $100 (still had the Google Drive offer intact!). At first she said she didn't really think she'd ever use it much (she is NOT techy by any stretch), but now she says it's one of the best gifts she ever got. She heads our family's Cozi account on it, streams her daily dose of Netflix and YouTube to our main TV through Chromecast, and handles a lot of our day-to-day business on it. It's really helped her bloom into a happy computer user in a way that I don't think a high-maintenance Windows machine ever could have. It's just such an easy out-of-the-box experience for anybody.
    Speaking of family business, I can boot the Acer, pay four or five bills, and shut her down again faster than my Acer Aspire Windows 7 laptop can just get to the desktop. I like that a LOT.

    Ryan, I'm also a Microsoft dinosaur...anyone up for typing BASIC programs in for hours and saving them to a cassette tape drive? If that's too much Minority Report high-speed for you, we could drag out the old Timex/Sinclair 1000 I started out on (2K of 1MHz fury and a chiclet keyboard heh), count how many characters we can type before the cursor moves, and then to finish the night off we can play some MIDI music on the ol' Commodore 64.

    Don't worry about eyestrain...the TV monitor is a full 13" COLOR. Wowsers!

    All the corniness aside, what's the coolest thing about my Chromebook? Every time I turn it on it's a brand new machine. Smiles all around!
    Gotta' go run antimalware and antivirus scans on my Windows 10 desktop now. I want to play World of Tanks after that,'s 7:00 pm now...maybe in another hour I can have fun.

    • Mihir Patkar
      August 29, 2015 at 1:47 pm

      What a lovely reply. Thanks for commenting, Kelsey!

  8. Anonymous
    August 28, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    One thing I don't seem to be able to find too much information on is networking. Will the chromebook even come close to playing nice with a home network? Shared NAS, etc.

    I'd love to hear from someone that has integrated a chromebook to a network.

    • Anonymous
      August 29, 2015 at 5:41 pm

      It absolutely will. Just bring up the FIles App, and click "+ Add New Service". You can install a number of services ranging from just about every file sharing service on the internet to local storage via SMB, WebDAV, sFTP, etc. It's incredibly easy. Hope this helps Kristopher.

      • Anonymous
        August 30, 2015 at 3:53 pm

        Thanks, Gary!

        I appreciate you taking the time to reply. Sounds like it will fit well into the mix here at home. I'm deeply tied to most core google products so I'm glad to hear that I can tie his into my networking pretty seamlessly.

        Once again, thanks!

  9. Anonymous
    August 28, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    I fully immersed myself into a Chromebook about 3 months ago and haven't looked back.

    Of all the things I used to do on a windows laptop playing games is the only thing I don't (rather than can't) do on my CB.

    I logged on to my old Windows laptop, the other week, to try out the new Windows 10 upgrade and found that I had become so use to the new keyboard layout and gestures that using Windows feels odd and unnatural.

    The Toshiba Chromebook 2 was the best purchase I have ever made. Love it to bits.

  10. Anonymous
    August 28, 2015 at 3:47 pm

    I switced to a chrome box 2 mo. ago. i run a small business. i do everthing on my chrome box, just better then my old windows machine running win 10 preview. i use google for work and all my subscriptions like quickbooks, online banking, the list goes on are cloud based anyway. im even doing cloud video editing in you tube and next week i will subscribe to adobe cloud. i have unlimited storage on drive because i have google for work. i even have my all in one printer connected. Give it a try and you will never switch back. google is constantly updating with new improvements, the new inbox is amazing!

  11. Anonymous
    August 28, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    So you're saying that on a Chromebook, you can use Office Online, uh, offline? Could you please explain how to do that? If I can use Word on a Chromebook, I'm interested, but it does have to be available offline as well. I have heard that you can use Google docs offline, but that's not acceptable.

    • Ryan Dube
      August 28, 2015 at 2:55 pm

      Hey - good question, and you must have misunderstood what I wrote. If you re-read it, you'll see that I said when I need an office solution offline, I use Google Docs, Spreadsheets, etc - because you can set it to work offline (see the screenshot I included on how to do that).

      • Bob
        October 20, 2017 at 8:51 pm

        Newer Chromebooks (2017 and later) support the Play store and Android apps. You could actually use the Office Android apps in offline mode and they will work. There is a caveat , however. If you're using the free versions, they will not work on screens bigger than 10.1 inches, per MS policy. In that case, you'd have to pay for an Office 365 subscription, but that's a pretty good deal anyway, and then you get the best of both worlds.

  12. Anonymous
    August 28, 2015 at 6:09 am

    I love my Acer Chromebook and the whole family has come to appreciate it, even my wife, and of course my three young children.

    However, I do some serious video editing from time to time, and for that, you I a powerful cpu and a lot of local storage.

    Here is a challenge for you: edit a 30 minute marriage video on your chromebook, and then get back here!

    Claiming that a chromebook can take over 100% (=75+25) is a misrepresentation of the facts.

    • Mihir Patkar
      August 28, 2015 at 9:13 am

      This is an interesting challenge! I'd be curious to know your findings too, Ryan!

      That said, Ivan, I don't believe any OS will fill every single need for every user. Online video editors will let you edit videos to an extent, and that will be good enough for many. Will they give you options like iMovie or FCP? No. But as long as it gets the job done, several users will be happy, and for them, that will be 100%.

    • Ryan Dube
      August 28, 2015 at 2:59 pm

      Ivan - you're probably right. I think my numbers should have been 75%+20% :-)

      The truth is, even though I spend 90 to 95% of my time on my Chromebook - there will be circumstances (and your video editing example is a good example), where I will power up my Windows PC (or my new Linux (Unity) distro that I just loaded onto my Chromebook) to accomplish those tasks that require locally-loaded applications.

      To be honest - that's how I would accept your challenge - I would show you how to load Linux onto your Chromebook and install professional video editing software onto it. Challenge accepted!

      • Anonymous
        August 28, 2015 at 4:19 pm

        Yes, but that would be cheating! You might as well load Windows 10, and then run Premiere on it.

        BTW, I forgot to mention that running any decent main stream 3D game on a chromebook is impossible. So how much of your 100% is left now?

        My point is that enthusiast chromebook users - I am one - tend to misrepresent what a chromebook is. It is great, both at home and in education, but as it is now, it still has its serious limitations. As for video, it will be a very long time before you'll be able to edit 4K video on a Chromebook. Not so with Mac or Windows...

        And deliberate disinformation isn't going to help promoting Chrome OS. When I bought my Chromebook, the shopkeeper tried to push-sell Kapersky Antivirus. Huh?!?

        • Anonymous
          August 28, 2015 at 6:26 pm

          I feel like it's the the people who do video editing and gaming who speak the loudest against Chromebooks, and with good reason as these things can't be done (well) on Chromebooks. However I feel like these are two very specific use cases, out of, literally, thousands of things that can be done with computers and are things that the majority of people don't do on a daily basis.

          I think arguments like this are misrepresentations, on both sides - people with very specific special needs such as video editing say Chromebooks are no good, and people who don't do things like video and gaming say Chromebooks are all you need. My opinion is that machines are tools, and you select the right tool for the job. If you need a high powered cpu and gobs of ram for your 4k video editing why would you even entertain the idea of a Chromebook? That's just silly. But realistically speaking, how many people who use computers on a daily basis are editing 4k wedding video? A standard pc or laptop is complete overkill (and overpriced) for the things they want to do.

    • Anonymous
      August 28, 2015 at 4:45 pm

      You could try this for video editing? Gets good reviews...

  13. Anonymous
    August 28, 2015 at 3:52 am

    My next computer is going to be a Chromebook. And the next one after that a Chromebox. If I only had one computer, I'd buy a Chromebook months ago. I have two GNU/Linux machines and one loosedows pc (ms loose is only for gaming) which drives me insane. MS couldn't do a better job providing people with the most maintenance needy and annoying os!

  14. Anonymous
    August 28, 2015 at 12:13 am

    I made the switch, bought a refurb HP 14 on ebay as a experiment ($150), something to play with, I liked it so much that I ditched my I7 Dell precision 4500 (puts off enough heat to warm a small house) and bought another HP 14 for my wife. I would consider myself a heavy computer user and there is not much that I can not do with my Chromebook. I was a little concerned recently when my wife bought a mp3 player, however download music from google music, save to the hard drive and copy to the mp3 player was no big deal.

    • Ryan Dube
      August 28, 2015 at 3:01 pm

      David - that's a great example of one of the things people think they can't do with a Chromebook (saving things locally and using local USB devices like DVD drives/etc). The only limit I have discovered is, while you can play CDs and DVDs, you can't burn them apparently.