Thursday, October 17, 2013

Life with a Chromebook

Wow, it's been a year since my last post. Anyhow about a month ago I bought a couple of C7 Chromebooks, (Right after that they released the new generation, figures.) I have been using it now for about a month.It has been my primary machine all that time. Extremely happy and very impressed. For the first two weeks I used it as it is out of the box no modifications. I am very impressed overall great battery life, extremely portable, and very feature packed for the price. 3 USB ports, HDMI, VGA, and even Eathernet. The wifi is very solid and truly the screen is pretty decent for the price. I did notice that the computer really did need more memory as it always seemed to operate at the upper end. Although I like the keyboard, I'm am used to Macbook Pros with lighted keyboards. So a few modifications. 

1. Upgraded to 4 GB of ram $25
2. USB mouse for playing games $0 (already had it) 
3. Glow Keys to make the keyboard easier to deal with in the dark $10
4. Turned on swap space to improve performance
5. Turned on the beta channel to get new features faster

Here a link to some hidden features -- and swap space.

Well worth the $199 price tag also Google sweetens the deal by giving you a 100 GB of free Google Drive space for 2 years. This is a great daily use computer or for those that are non-power users or kids. The apps available in the Chrome Web Store keep expanding   and really I have not found much of anything that I can't do with it. Windows PC's are dying fast and I have been really impressed since the first time that I saw this video and am pleased to report that Google has delivered the OS that just works on this low-end hardware. 

Posted by: Joshua Nicholes