My New Computer Is A Chromebook

Specifically, an HP Chromebook


Maybe yours should be, too.

My old Windows laptop is 5 years old, and in the Windows world, that’s ancient. What was once a blazingly-fast machine has slowed to the point that from a cold start, it takes 4 minutes 50 seconds before I can do anything on it.

So while I’m waiting for my MacBook Air next pandemic check, I decided I needed something to bridge the gap. So like any good consumer (I’ve been in the PC dodge since 1980, and worked for several tech companies you’d recognize), I did my research.

Right from the start I ruled out Windows computers and tablets. I was already familiar with that operating system’s drawbacks. The Mac OS was also out of the question: too expensive. But I’m not ruling it out in the future.

That left the Android OS.

And since I wanted a full computer (as opposed to a tablet), that meant a Chromebook.

I set a budget at less than $300 and, armed with my new knowledge, set off to my local Best Buy.*

I saw what was on offer and, based on my budget, opted for a HP Chromebook. It, as  well as a cordless mouse (I never could get the hang of trackpads) and a carrying bag, ended up costing me $425.

Why The Android OS Anyway?

Because it already had most of the software I wanted right out of the box. You need to understand that when Google created the Android OS in the first place, they were trying to break into the education marketplace. And with apps like Google Docs, they already had a reasonably-priced word processor.

Did I say, “reasonably-priced”? Try FREE! 

In fact, the OS came with most of Google’s free apps, like Google Calc, Google Photos, and GMail.

And battery life? I opened my Chromebook at 4:20 pm today and the battery monitor said I still had 10 hours before I’d need to charge it.

All in all, the Chromebook, whatever the brand, is a great bargain.

(*-DISCLAIMER: I get nothing in return for mentioning Best Buy. They just happen to be the only game in my town.)