I’ve been a cheerleader for Chromebooks since purchasing a HP Chromebook 14 a little over two years ago. I’ve been taking online classes for what seems like forever, and I needed a new laptop for my homework. First of all, I love it. I wouldn’t go so far to say that I’m a Google power user, but I’m well ingrained in the OS. The Chromebook has great battery life*, doesn’t get hot, and the best part is that you’re online in a matter of seconds. However it has its faults. I have to use my Windows laptop to format my papers. The online version of Word isn’t sufficient enough. I’m more comfortable using Word on a Windows machine. Chromebooks can’t print unless you set up a cloud printer. As often as I need to print, I’m fine with plugging my printer into the Windows laptop to print. Yes, I have to wait for the laptop to power up and run through the startup processes, but it eventually works. The only other reason I keep the Windows laptop around is for my iTunes library.
HP announced the Chromebook 13, a more premium Chromebook. The body is brushed aluminum, it has an Intel sixth-generation Core M processor, 16GB of RAM, and an estimated 11.5 hours of battery life with a $499 price tag. It also comes with docking capabilities to use with external monitors and accessories. My Chromebook 14 was a little pricey at $350 because I opted for more RAM and a larger hard drive. I’m not sure I’m willing to pay $500+ for a laptop with limitations. It’s still half as much as the Pixel, but I wonder if they are starting to price themselves out of the market. I want a quality laptop, but part of the draw to Chromebooks was the low price tag. I don’t have a need to dock my Chromebook. A much more intriguing idea is the rumor that Google is bringing Android apps and the Google Play store to Chromebooks. Since 2014 Evernote and Vine, along with a handful of other apps, have been available on Chromebooks. Migrating the Android library of apps to Chromebooks could be interesting. Assuming the move proves to be useful, then maybe I would opt for a $500 Chromebook.
*It had great battery life. Recently it stopped charging. As long as its plugged in, it works like normal. It just won’t charge anymore.