Chromebooks have grown up. Have you?

Chromebooks have come into their own after 10 years. Isn't it about time you stop looking at them as the underpowered sibling of traditional computers?

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.

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