My first experience with Chromebooks was back around 2015 when I decided I wanted to get something to use that I could easily take with me. During this time, I had a Lenovo laptop that was alright, but it always felt like it could break at any moment. One of the biggest issues was that it had been repaired multiple times due to damage it had taken through carelessness. As a result, it wasn’t the most sturdy thing.
I was essentially just looking for something simple to use. I ended up with a C300MA-DH02 which I did end up liking, but natural curiosity ended up taking over. Long story short, I ended up having to get it repaired since I didn’t have the means to do it myself. It was during this time that I was actually traveling a decent amount. When I was out and about, I was wanting to also be able to run Linux. I couldn’t figure out how to run bare linux on it despite the fact that others were able to do so, thus I ended up handing it over to my dad. He still uses it to this day.
At the end of the day I ended up with a Dell laptop on which I installed Mint. That was the end of that journey.
Fast forward to 2018. One of my goals this year is to write a novel and actually finish the whole thing before the end of the year. Well, the rough draft at least. I wanted a machine I could easily take with me if I were to decide to go to a coffee shop or something (since I think that is what novel writers do). Since the Dell laptop is now being used for some work stuff and my other laptop is meant primarily for gaming, I wanted something nice and simple to be able to do my writing on.
I ended up with this:
It’s a refurbished unit, but I figured I would give it a shot since I could return it if I turned out to not like it. It’s main purpose is for me to handle blog and story writing, so I am not expecting it to be able to handle a lot. However, in terms of media, it has actually helped up quite nicely. I can use it for YouTube and music when I need to and it works exceptionally well for a writing machine.
As a result, I am now the proud owner of an Acer Chromebook.
For my home network I have a router that makes use of wireless AC, giving me a decent download and upload speed. The wireless signal works well in my room, thus I haven’t had any issues with the device at all.
While the keyboard on the laptop is not the best thing in the world, it is certainly not the worst keyboard I have ever used. It does take some getting used to since it’s not a standard keyboard, but the lack of a caps lock key or “windows” key are things that do not bother me given that I don’t use the caps lock key at all and the “windows” key is only really necessary when I am using a bunch of applications. Since a Chromebook is just a Chrome browser for the most part (with Android app support), that button is essentially worthless.
With great battery life and great browsing performance, the device holds up quite well for what I am wanting to just focus on my writing. Not a lot of distractions given that I don’t have a million programs on here nor do I have any games installed. It’s a writing device that I can do some quick research on. Nothing more. Nothing less.