When the chromebook hit the market a few years ago, I was intrigued. I can’t remember excatly why, but I bought two. I was curious how a $200 laptop would hold up to the everyday demands of the digital lifestyle and work. I was beyond impressed, but there wasn’t any way I was going to trade in my Macbook Pro for the Chromebook. Then last summer, the chromebook 2 came out and it was a new day. I bought the (then) new Samsung Chromebook 2 and actually kinda fell in love. I had ideas of doing a chromebook challenge, to see if I could go two weeks of using only the chromebook. Things got busy and I never had a chance, although I think I could have made a go at it.
Well, last week I turned my Macbook in to the Apple Store for a repair. I was told that it would take 3-4 days to repair. Several days later, I got the call that they would need to ship my computer off to have it repaired somewehre else. It would be abother 3-4 days. I wasn’t concerned because I did still have my Samsung Chromebook. So, I’ve decided that I’ll do my challenge now. Currently, I’m day 6 into using just my Chromebook. I’m contemplating making this a 30 day challenge, exploring all the different ways you can use a Chromebook rather than a much more expensive Mac for 90-95% of what we use a computer for.
Over the next 30 days, I’ll document how I’m using my chromebook, where I get stuck (discovering what the chromebook can’t do) and why churches/organizations might consider Chromebooks rather than expensive PCs and Macs.
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Excellent post Kenny. Chromebooks work great in conjunction with Google Apps. On the management side (which you don’t see) there are a lot of custom settings that can be put in place.
We manage chromebooks at a high school and they are easy to use, implement and manage.
Also, Lenovo just came out with a robust Chromebook for the road warriors.
Luis @ TheCriticalUpdate.com