Well, it's been a good few days since I purchased my first #Chromebook
, and I have to say, I'm absolutely loving the experience so far.
The first issue I came across was the battery, the initial charge up from the box took a rather quick 30 minutes, it gave me 50% of the suggested 9 hours uptime and then dropped from 50% battery to 0 % .. Got me a bit worried, so the next charge, I ignored the green light, and left it continue for much longer.
This seemed to do the trick, I am quite literally getting a good 9 hours out of it !!! Superb
A lot of the applications are not native to the OS, but run inside of Chrome (Web apps), and while this takes a little getting use to, it's not an issue, because it runs chrome so much better than even my I7 8Gb SSD charged home PC. So application wise, I've hardly seen any slowness at all.
Boot up times can be as fast as a few seconds, sometimes 5 or 6 .. but that is quite something to behold.
I've had a good few updates already from Google, and while I didn't find any difference, it's good to see a regular patch service going on.
The keyboard on this #Toshiba
13" is brilliant too, feels very natural and doesn't suffer like some keyboards on smaller notebooks do.
I recommend you get familiar with the keyboard shortcuts, but they seem fairly intuitive, I do like the cut/paste shortcut key that lets you grab the screen by providing you with cross hairs naturally as part of the OS, and generates PNG files from it.
There seems to be a huge amount of applications out there, and no doubt this is going to continue.
As of yet, I've not found any serious limitation apart from what is the obvious one, being the need for a network connection, but as I have a mobile phone that allows tethering, even that's not an issue for me.
I am super impressed with this laptop, so much so, when my mobo on my PC decided to red light and refuse to turn on, I still haven't bothered to re-connect it some days later, although I have fixed it.
You want a laptop for on the go, you're happy with your net connection options, really, it's a total no brainer !! Go Chromebook.
I'll end with this, as an IT professional with well over 15 years experience, company's really want to be looking at this for their IT provision, it will simplify your IT services no end having not to worry about people downloading stuff you don't want, limited exposure to virus's and malware (not that it will last forever of course).
So if you are sitting there thinking .. I'm not so sure about this Chromebook stuff, then take the plunge, I suspect you'll not look back.