Yesterday, I ventured out and bought another Chromebook. My prior device, an Acer Chromebook 11 (CB3-111) had just 2GB, and carried me well over the past two years. It’s a remarkable device considering I paid only $180 CAD for it! (It was on sale, and an open box.)
Alas, I came to a point where my Acer just couldn’t keep up with the demand. I’ve come to a point where I need more tabs/windows open than usual, and this included several “heavy” pages. In my case, I’d like to keep open Telegram, Discord, WordPress, reference windows, and Google Play Music. Unfortunately, doing this resulted in many of tabs/windows crashing when I’d return to it. I knew the 2GB RAM had caught up with me. Time to upgrade to 4GB.
An upgrade didn’t mean taking apart my Chromebook and adding more RAM. No, that would be too easy. The RAM is soldered in, and as geeky and mechanically inclined as I am, this wasn’t an option for me. So, I shopped for a another Chromebook, and found the cheapest 4GB Chromebook I could find locally; an HP Chromebook 11-v010nr. I think this the Canadian equivalent to the HP Chomebook G4 in the US, but I’m still trying to get confirmation on this. If you happen to know, please inform me in the comments below!
So, why a Chromebook? Again?
I’m still asked this question often. Why would anyone spend money on a laptop that is literally just the Chrome browser? If you’re on a budget, why not buy a cheap Windows 10 Notebook?
A browser is all I need.
The main answer to this all came down to realizing just what is it I do on my home computer. I learned quickly I was in my browser well over 90% of the time. What other things I did, I could easily find the equivalent as a web app.
At home, I write, go on social media, watch YouTube and Netflix, and surf Reddit. Why would I need anything more? If I do run into the need for something more, I have access to the Adobe suite and more at my workplace.
Virus? Not likely.
There’s very little concern with surfing the web and getting a virus. Between Chromebooks running only the Chrome browser, and that it’s an OS based on a flavour of Linux, you can really just go where you please and you should be just fine.
This new HP Chromebook of mine only cost me $275 CAD, taxes in. As said, my prior Chromebook, albeit an open box, was only $180 CAD. A decent laptop that runs Windows 10 would have cost me least $400-$500 CAD. Why break the bank if you’re not using your laptop for more than just internet browsing?
Battery keeps on going!
Due to the simplistic nature of these Chromebooks, most of them have exceptional battery life, averaging 9 hours of use! That would certainly last during most people’s travel time!
On my Acer, I’ve easily watched several hours of Netflix when running a marathon of shows. (I finished watching The Defenders in no time.) I’m certain my new HP Chromebook will perform just as well.
The little things…
While Chromebooks vary between each other, most will come with other perks, such as USB 3.0, an SD card reader, full size HDMI out, a port for a lock, front-facing camera, microphone, speakers, and even a headphone jack.
The keyboard is also customized for use with Chrome OS, including back and forward buttons, refresh, and full screen. There’s even a key with a search icon in lieu of the caps lock key (which can be set to a caps lock key in settings).
Would you use a Chromebook?
What about you? Are you a Chromebook user? Have you considered purchasing one? Let me know in the comment section below!