Well I did it… I just picked up a new Acer Chromebook running the Chrome OS.
Well, I travel several times a year, and I am tired of lugging my 17-inch laptop around in airports and planes. I wanted something light and portable.
And I didn’t want to spend a bunch of money. I am not replacing my HP laptop which is my primary computer. I was looking to supplement it with something that could do 90% of most of my tasks on the road.
Verdict so far? Pretty Good!
I picked it up for $172 at Best Buy which was an open box price. Someone returned it. The regular price is $199 which is still pretty remarkable. I am typing this review now on my new Acer Chromebook on my lap.
I was looking for something small and light and portable that I could put into my backpack when traveling – no separate computer laptop bag. And I wanted something cheap so that if lost or stolen I wouldn’t be out of a lot of money.
I really looked hard at the ASUS X201E-DHO1 which runs Ubuntu flavor of Linux and costs $299 at Amazon.com. Probably better construction than the Acer Chromebook and the reviews of the Asus laptop commend the audio. Just fyi the speakers on the Acer Chromebook suck. I mean really bad. However the sound is great with earphones…
BUT! and this is a huge but – I can install ChrUbuntu on this Acer Chromebook laptop and dual boot between the ChromeOS and Ubuntu.
So for 90% of what I do online working in the cloud, working on WordPress sites, the Chromebook is probably going to be sufficient. If I really need to do some graphic editing or use Filezilla, then I will boot into Ubuntu and get that done.
Will keep everyone posted on the status.
Verdict so far? Awesomeness!