Farewell Chromebook

This HP 14 Chromebook got me through the last two years of college. I haven’t been using it as much anymore, but it has always been handy to have on hand because of how quickly it starts and connects to the web.  Unfortunately this is what the screen now looks like. At some point I dropped it on concrete. It isn’t made of the sturdiest material and part of the case cracked but the only other casualty at the time was that it wouldn’t hold a charge anymore. It has been a minor inconvenience to keep it plugged in, but coupled with the screen crapping out, I think it’s time to say good bye.  

I paid a little more than the standard HP 14 model at the time at $350 for 4 GB RAM and 32 GB SSD. I probably could have gone without the larger hard drive, but still a decent deal for having survived a little over 3 years. I haven’t been paying much attention to the newer Chromebook models but I would definitely buy another one, especially since they are shipping with Android app support. Because of that it makes sense to get a touchscreen and possibly a 2-in-1, but I’m in no hurry to find a replacement. Thanks for the memories HP 14!

If you’re curious about Chromebooks, here are the 7 best so far of 2017

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End of Life Policy

I read an article today that pointed out Google’s End of Life policy.  The policy states:

“When a device reaches End of Life (EOL), it means that the product model is considered obsolete and automatic software updates from Google are no longer guaranteed.”

Part of what’s great about Chrome OS are the automatic updates.  Unlike the annoying and inconvenient Windows updates, Chrome updates are frequent and only require a reboot at the user’s leisure.  According to the policy, Chromebooks will only receive updates for five years.  I don’t have a problem with the five year policy.  Not many devices last that long anyway.  I had my first iPhone for three years before upgrading.  I’ve had my latest phone for a little over two years and I’m already looking at upgrading.  A five year old (windows) laptop is likely slow and laggy.  According to Google’s policy, the EOL date for my Chromebook is November 2018.  I’ve had my Chromebook for about two and a half years and it’s still doing well.  Admittedly I’ve beat the thing up a bit and that is likely why it won’t work unless connected to power.  I would still prefer being tethered to a power outlet rather than use the Windows laptop that takes forever to load.  With all the new Chromebooks out and Android apps coming, it’s difficult not to want to upgrade well before the EOL date of my current device.