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My Experience With Chromebook vs Laptop

Wow, I am really glad to be here and going to be speaking about the wonders of the chromebook vs a regular laptop. I’m just a regular guy, but I also have an online business that I manage (here). So I need to have a laptop for my business.

My old laptop was old and raggedy. It was time that I purchase a new one. So I went shopping for one. It turned out for me that the acer chromebook was the best deal for me, and I purchased it.

I thought I got a great deal at the time, it was selling for like $197. I believe I bought the 14” inch one. When I got home and set it up, I was a little caught off guard. The name chromebook looked so cool to me, but I had no idea what it actually was.

time for changeIs this where you are? Not sure whether a chromebook will work for you? Unfamiliar with the benefits of it and maybe scared to let go of the ol’ familiar laptop. Which we have been working with for over a decade.

No worries, I was too. Shockingly, I was turned off by the idea of not being able to have Microsoft applications such as Word, Powerpoint, or Excel on my laptop. I was a bit irritated by the idea. To make matters worse, there was no Start menu!

At this point, I was really dissatisfied, I was set on taking it back. And I did. I put it back in its box, and went back to Walmart to return it. I continued to use my old raggedy laptop. I appreciated it more because it had Microsoft Word and a Start menu.

1.5 Years Later…

My laptop was going really slow. I would constantly need to restart it because it would freeze or just go entirely way to slow! I finally got fed up, and decided to look up laptops again. It was around Thanksgiving time last year in 2017.

acer chromebookThere were some reasonably priced laptops including a Samsung, HP, and this Acer Chromebook. I remembered the Chromebook I purchased previously. Then all of sudden, it hit me. I don’t even need those things that it didn’t have!

I stopped using Microsoft Word a long time ago. There is no reason why I would need an offline word processor. And the start menu was not that important. It was just a user friendly way to find a calculator and the control panel.

Plus, it was the most economically priced. I believe it was selling for $179. It was priced competitively across the market at places such as Best Buy, Walmart, and Amazon. I’ll never forget what happened next.

I waited until the Black Friday sale. It dropped down to $159. Then it dawned on me, I should wait until Cyber Monday. And so I did. Sure and behold, it dropped down to $99 on Amazon! I jumped on that deal like white on rice.


Here I am today, happily typing this blog post on my white Acer Chromebook 11.6. I fell in love with this thing the moment I set eyes on it. I did some thorough reviews about what it would look like and feel like in my hands.

Above was the most helpful review I found on the Chromebook 11.6. And let me tell you, I was that much more satisfied with it in person. The look, the feel of it, it’s performance, and the simplicity of its navigation.

Do you Need a 4 GB or 2 GB?

While I was shopping for my new chromebook, I was concerned of which one to purchase. As there is a 2 GB one or a 4 GB, for just a little more money. I decided to make an informed decision and found this informational blog online here.

bar graphsIt does not make a world of difference. However, there is a 11% increase in performance for the 4 GB. During this time, the 4 GB was only like $30-$40 more. But I really didn’t feel like I needed it. I think you may need more memory or ram if you do more.

If you’re the type of person who has multiple applications open at a time, and use a lot of photoshop, then 4 GB is the way to go. That wasn’t me though. I just open 5-10 tabs on my we browser usually. And occasionally, have 1-2 more apps open on the laptop. It’s rare though.

I do a lot of graphic imaging, but not anything intense. I just create cool images, or find free images online to use on my website. That’s about it. If you’re like me, you will be completely fine with the 2 GB.

How do You Choose from All of The Different Varieties?

I’m all about saving money, and not compromising much on quality. Basically, I’m looking for the best bang for my buck! No doubt about it, the Acer Chromebook is a great deal. But if you’re looking for something different, here are a couple of things to go by.

user reviewsLook for reviews. Amazon is really good about this. Verified purchasers post their reviews on the platform after they purchase. Amazon is my go too, when I want to learn more about a product’s quality.

From there I check out places such as Walmart, Best Buy, and Ebay. There are a few variables that go into making the best purchasing decision, not just price. How much is the shipping? More importantly, how long will it take to reach me via shipping?

Are there savings if I choose a site to store pick up, at any one of the merchants? What happens if I need to make a return? Will it be easy to return? These are all important questions to ask when buying a product. Save yourself a headache later, and put some time into making the right decision.

My Personal Experience Since I Bought it.

Ultimately, I’m very satisfied with my Chromebook. And there is no need to ever go back to a regular laptop. Unless I get into a business that requires to be offline and the use of Microsoft applications. Seriously though, you can accomplish so much with Google apps.

Do yourself a favor, if you get stuck using your new chromebook at all, Google for information. Chromebooks are very different in their own little way. At one point, I did not know how to copy and paste. I just could not figure it out.

google result for copy and paste

I went on Google and found out, you just have to use two fingers on the right side of the clicker and press down with both. And up comes the menu. I was so amazed with this finding. It gets aggravating sometimes, because you have to do it a certain way, but not a real big deal.

The laptop is beautiful, it’s all white, with black keys. The whole laptop including the keyboard has a soft feel to it. The desktop is not the same as a regular laptop, but just a simple background with your apps at the bottom.

It starts off with just the four, Chrome, Gmail, Docs, and YouTube. If you click the little circle on the left of the toolbar, it opens a search field, where you can download apps. There are many different apps that you might want to choose from.

It’s pretty much like a Google Play type deal but for a laptop. I dig it. I downloaded a snipping type tool, and a notepad type app. The apps are a little annoying because they don’t come up in different windows but on separate tabs in your browser. Although, you can just pull out the tab into a separate browser and minimize it for the same effect.

google apps icons on chromebook desktopIt’s pretty awesome that you get to stay logged into your Google accounts. You can share your calendar on your laptop along with your android phone. I find it real user friendly that I can open up my Gmail, Docs, or YouTube right into my account. Saves the time from logging in.

Happy hunting,

Jonathan

4 thoughts on “My Experience With Chromebook vs Laptop

  1. I used to have a Chromebook – I f***ing hated it! It’s very limited in what you can do, as it is a netbook, not a laptop. GREAT for people who only browse the web, but if you’re trying to play games, work, or run programs, you’re straight out of luck with a Chromebook.

    Thanks for writing this article – I hope it helps somebody!

    1. Hey Kenneth, that was my opinion when I first stumbled across the chromebook. Believe it or not, I just don’t have any use for a regular laptop anymore. Everything I do is online these days. My job, is actually online, and managing my online business is online. No need for offline work. 

      I could totally relate to you if you need to operate a computer offline, such as microsoft office. If I’m not mistaken though, they may even have it online now. This is definitely the wave of the future! And to save the extra money, I’m totally onboard with it. 

      You menitioned games, so I guess there are offline games? I would assume so. Sorry, I haven’t been into pc games in the longest time. I just noticed, my chromebook does not even have a cd rom. Lol 🙂 Then again, I can’t remember the last time I used one. Must be somewhere in the ballpark of 7-8 years ago. 

  2. Hey really good article, i am a laptop guy all the way but i have tried a chromebook. But you got to remember you get what you pay for. Dont jump on something to cheap cuz it probably wont fit your needs. But i do like how light the chromebook is but i hate not having a hard drive. I do work on my laptop and i need to save things and i need a fast pc!

    1. Hey Justin, I can totally relate. But wouldn’t the cloud drive work just as good as a hard drive? I mean, I save all of my work on Google Drive. I think it is reliable, isn’t it? I would be interested in knowing your thoughts on this. 

      As far as speed, I don’t know much besides the basics, like defragmenting your hard disk. 

      You mentioned something good about price. Cheap is not always the best way to go. I have found that true with some things such as shoes, glasses, etc. However, when it comes to technology, I believe many are paying too much. Paying for products which exceed their needs. 

      Sort of like paying for Hosting. You can check out pricing on HostGator, you can spend $100s for a dedicated Server, but you don’t really need it. Cloud Sharing would be suffice if your a beginner internet marketer like myself. You get my drift?

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