Anne Neighbors asked for my opinion of the Google Chromebook laptop. Well, I recently bought one.
Mine was made by Samsung and it came with an 11.6-inch screen and is designed mainly for working online via its
built-in WiFi connection.
For document creation, instead of using a WordPerfect or MSOffice program, you can use
the free online "Google Docs" equivalents, whereupon your files are automatically saved online
to Google Drive (also at no charge).
At 2.6 pounds, it's hardly noticeable on my lap. Nonetheless, it has a very comfortable keyboard with
touch-responsive keys, rather than the hard, flat keyboards found on some tablets and netbooks.
The battery is rated at 6.5 hours between charges, but some reviewers have reported that it lasts longer.
This computer is not meant for doing heavy-duty multi-tasking or for running lots of
applications at the same time. However, it's a practical, inexpensive tool for sending and receiving email,
visiting Google+ and other social networking sites, not to mention watching YouTube videos.
One of my favorite features on the Chromebook is that it boots up in less than 10 seconds. I love being able
to pick it up and start working instantly.
I'm using mine mostly for writing stories and having the documents automatically saved on Google Drive.
By the way, I bought this Chromebook from
which is where I buy nearly all my electronic devices, including my
Google Nexus 7.
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