Kevin Tofel over at About Chromebooks penned an excellent article recently about how, even after 10 years, people still don’t have a good idea of what Chromebooks are truly capable. As someone who lives the Chromebook life (I work every day on one for multiple hours a day) I can tell you without hesitation there is little a Chromebook cannot do that requires a Windows or Mac machine in the normal course of events.
The shift to “work-where-you-are” thinking has helped push Chromebooks further into their own, coupled with the overwhelming demand in educational circles required by at-home learning. This is a period where circumstances as well as advancements (more prevalent cloud based services, expanding connectivity, and more) have combined to create the perfect storm of reasons to have and use a Chromebook.
We see this demand reflected in pricing and availability of these units but also in the number of models, designs, and manufacturers making a greater impact in the space. If you are considering a machine purchase, or perhaps expanding away from a dedicated desktop unit to include something mobile, or even to supplement your laptop with something that is more directly functional and reliable, a Chromebook should absolutely be in the mix.
I challenge you to make a list of the demands you will place on a machine, Chromebook or otherwise, and carefully review how you expect those demands to be met. This understanding of your needs will make the decision making process far easier and ultimately, I believe, will put a Chromebook on equal if not superior footing to traditional OS based machines in the lion’s share of cases.