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A Chromebook revelation by a Mac user

Kirk McElhearn | Aug. 2, 2016
A Chromebook is a lot cheaper than a MacBook, and it's capable enough for a lot of people.

As a computer, it stands up well. Rated at 14 hours of battery life, it lasts a lot longer than my 12-inch MacBook. I can perform many of the tasks I need. While I’m not a fan of working in the browser, I understand how some people can manage. In addition to Google’s apps, I can use iCloud for documents and email, access files stored on Dropbox, use Evernote on the web, and manage my websites using WordPress’s web interface.

Sure, some things are missing. There’s no iTunes, nor access to Apple Music. I don’t have access to a good minimal text editor, such as iA Writer, the tool I use for my writing most of the day. And it would be hard to record podcasts on this device (though it might be possible).

At the price I paid, this Chromebook is a steal. (Its regular price is £150.) And I’d bet that I could find a Chromebook with a better display for twice the price; or still less than half the cost of the least expensive Apple laptop. I understand now why Chromebooks are so popular, especially in education.

If you put things in perspective, this cheap computer, while not having the design or display of an Apple product, is capable of doing all the tasks that the majority of people need. For people who don’t use a computer a lot, or who need a simple device for the basics (email, Facebook, web browsing), I will have no qualms about recommending a Chromebook instead of an Apple laptop.

 

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