Chromebox: A geek's love affair
This is my #Chromebox
(that little white thing in the middle). I've been a long-time supporter of the #Chromebook
(the laptop version) for quite some time.
For many people, their activity takes place entirely 'in the cloud'
(meaning in a web browser) and Chrome devices can represent significant cost savings if this is how you use your machine.
When you buy a laptop or desktop with Microsoft Windows installed on it, there's a very likely chance that you're paying for a lot of stuff that you just don't need. One option in to install Linux (+Ubuntu
is an awesome version and a great way to start if you're moving from Windows).
But if you're buying new equipment, you can save yourself a bunch of money by getting yourself a remarkably cool device by looking at Chrome OS devices.
They're mind-blowingly fast (I did a test with +Jayson Gurney
over at +The Social Media Consultancy Limited
and my Chromebook kicked his iPad's butt, and his top-spec'd Samsung laptop didn't even get a look in).Things to be aware of
You can't install random 3rd party applications on a Chrome OS device like you might with Windows et al. Applications are delivered via the Chrome Store and come in the form of extensions and applications to build on and enhance your Chrome browser.
The inability to install certain apps has forced me to look for alternatives that run in a browser, and I've been really excited with what I've found. Some of the stuff I've found are actually better than the 'installable' equivalent.Why is it so fast?
Because it does one thing, it runs the Chrome browser (it's a little more complicated than that, but for the sake of this post, we'll stick with that). It therefore doesn't need massive amounts of resources to run all those superfluous bits and bobs in 'normal' operating systems.
'Less going on' means less resources needed, which means your device can focus on what it needs to be doing. It also helps keeps the cost down, which results in cheaper hardware for you! Yay!Who would I recommend a Chrome device to?
If you work within a browser, I think you'll love the Chrome OS experience. All my personal and business stuff runs through Google Apps, so email, storage, documents, spreadsheets and presentations are all handled there.
I spend a lot of my time in the back-end of clients' +WordPress
sites and obviously we (+Social Solutions
) spend most of our time either being all SEO-esque or Social Media-ery (those should definitely be words), so it's all in the browser, perfect for Chrome OS devices.I love both my Chromebook and Chromebox: Have you ever used either?