About two or three years ago, I first heard of Google’s Chromebook and its Chrome OS, and it had intrigued me ever since. One of my friends bought the original Samsung Chromebook of her own, and I heard about how it was a great laptop. I’ve been hankering to get a new laptop since my Acer Aspire One netbook is now far too slow and bulky. So while I was thinking about getting a new laptop, I encountered someone selling this used HP Chromebook locally for 150,000 won ($145 USD). I was tempted, very tempted. But in the end, I decided to get something else, something brand new, so I spent the last few days reading up on Chromebooks and consulting a couple of awesome tech guru mates. My research led me to focus on six areas to use as a basis for choosing a Chromebook.
Portability and Battery Life
My main reason for getting a Chromebook was that I wanted a device that was in between my phone and my desktop PC, meaning I wanted something that was easily portable. So the Chromebook’s weight heavily mattered to me. I wanted something light, and that meant finding a Chromebook that was between 2-3 pounds (0.9-1.4 kilograms). I also preferred something with a good battery life. Anything under eight hours wasn’t a choice. Something that was about eight to ten hours would work for me!
Speed and Performance
I read up on a lot of articles and reviews about how 2GB of RAM would be enough for Chrome OS, but that having 4GB of RAM would make things even smoother for a user who likes to have 8+ tabs in action on their browsers. *coughscoughsTara* So I figured 4GB will be plenty for what I wanted to do with my Chromebook, which was to do email, browse the Internet, keep up with Twitter and other social media, listen to music, and blog :D I also considered the processor speed and type. I was told by my tech guru friend that a fast processor would not matter if I didn’t have sufficient amount of RAM, but I didn’t want something too slow, either! In fact, I was recommended to stay away from Intel Celeron, so I did XD;
Brand and Price
Finally, my tech guru friend also said to avoid HP. I was also not fond of Dell. Ergo, I read up on ASUS, Acer, and Samsung Chromebooks. Along with the brand, price was the other factor that affected my decision. I really wanted to spend under $200, but I’d also pondered on getting one up to $300, but definitely nothing over $300 because I couldn’t justify spending that much for a Chromebook!
- It weighs 2.2 pounds (0.98 kilograms)
- Battery life is projected to be about thirteen hours
- Rockchip processor speed is at 1.8ghz
- It has 4GB of RAM
- It’s ASUS
- And it costs $199
I ended up paying $160.80 for it after applying some of my Amazon reward points, so that discount helped! Unfortunately, Amazon would not ship it directly to me, so I had to do the wonderful thing of shipping it to a friend and having the friend ship it to me. :( That makes for a much longer wait, but it appears that none of the 4GB models I’ve looked at can be shipped to me. Regardless, I am so excited for my Chromebook! After only having a netbook and my phone, I’m ready to have something that I can type with on the go! Keep an eye out for my Chromebook review in the near future!