Would a Chromebook be right for us?
January 3, 2014 10:26 AM Subscribe
Between my wife and I, I'm the "computer guy," while she basically uses her computer to write, engage in social media, and update a couple of blogs with all that this entails (light photo editing, etc.). We have to replace her aging Dell laptop. Would a Chromebook be a good option?
posted by Shepherd to Computers & Internet (11 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
Our main concerns mainly relate to how the Chromebook is 100% cloud-based:
• how much bandwidth a Chromebook requires (we have a 150GB cap from our ISP, which we run up very close to every month);
• whether it's a good fit for a casual, computer-semi-friendly user who would have to work (it seems) in a 100% Google Docs environment;
• whether it would be necessary to pay for Google Docs subscriptions etc., forever (I notice that most of them come with a "free for 2 years" scheme, which makes me a bit worried).
There are some limitations, but they seem overcomeable -- we can both use my PC for iTunes and Apple device synching and Skype, for instance. All our music can be put on an external HD for listening. The Chromebook *feels* like a good idea, but I can't figure out if it's more meant as a second device for computer folks like me, or a good laptop-substitute for light users like her.