It’s been a long time since my last post. No excuses really, just busy with my new life in Scotland. So today I thought I’d spend a few words on how I find my Chromebook after more than a year in operation.
As each month has gone by, I have found that I’m using my Chromebook more and more and I would estimate that around 90% of my work now uses it rather than my Windows Laptop. But why would I choose to use a small, relatively underpowered computer when I have a fully fledged laptop at my disposal? I will list some of the reasons here:
- When I turn on my Chromebook, it takes around 10 seconds before I can use it, compared to several minutes for my PC.
- Apps start almost instantly and run quickly.
- Battery life is up to about 8 hours, more if I can reduce the brightness of the screen.
- I can add a second monitor as I can on a PC.
- I now use Google Drive to store most of my information with it synced to my pc and my Chromebook so it’s easily accessible.
- Word Processing
- Google Docs
- MS Word Online
- True Novelist (useful for writing fiction)
- Google Sheets
- MS Excel Online
- Website Development
- Caret – Online editor
- sFTP – FTP upload software
- I have five email addresses that I use and Gmail can cope with that, sending emails as if they were from my domains and allowing me to receive emails to each of the addresses.
- The only real downside of Gmail is that it can take up to 30 minutes to retrieve emails from the server.
- There are a couple of IMAP email clients but I found that neither are very good if you have more than one email address.
- To Do Lists
- Asana – works with Chromebook as well as Laptop
- Spotify – Similar to PC version but more like the Android version.
- Google Calendar – syncs with Sunrise on my PC and Android phone.
Downsides? There aren’t many but I think perhaps the most notable one is that to print I have to use Google Cloud Print which can mean that I need my PC on. With many new printers though, they can become cloud printers which can be printed to directly with no PC needed.
There are other reasons I like it, but I think these are probably more subjective than the ones shown above.