The Chromebook experience is totally painless but still very powerful. To me it’s like using a mobile device in a laptop form factor.
It's weird when you first switch to a Chromebook because the experience feels so quiet and peaceful. You don't get nags to upgrade to the latest operating system, or popups telling you that your antivirus has expired, or weird random error messages coming from nowhere. Owning a Chromebook is a bit like owning an iPad or Android tablet – the system itself feels invisible, allowing you to focus on the things you want to do.
If you are used to do work on a mobile device like the iPad or iPhone (as I am), then a Chromebook is the perfect match. There are apps and extensions for most of the tasks you need to do. More than you think, trust me I know. And with these apps and extensions you can get the same kind of “experience” you get when working on a mobile device. And by that I mean the connection between apps and extensions. Like the share sheet menu on the iPad for example, that makes it possible to share content to different apps and services. You can build up the same kind of connections and workflows on a Chromebook. It’s much easier and more natural to do things like that on a Chromebook than it is on a Macbook or Windows laptop.
“Working in a distraction-free and hassle-free environment is very important for me to be as productive and creative as possible”
On a Chromebook I can install extensions that makes it possible to easily select a quote from an article I just read, and then hit a button and that quote can then be pasted into my favorite Markdown text editor of choice, fully formatted with link back to the source. I don’t have to do anything. After that I can click on another button that makes it possible for me to choose a picture from my Google Photos account, and then insert that photo into the same post. Once again, fully formatted in the exact size I want. I don’t have to do anything. And after I have written a complete article with my own comments to the quote, I can start to link up the final article by selecting words I want to link to, and then by typing some short commands, I can link up the text exactly how I want it. After the whole article is complete I can click on a button and get the complete HTML for the article copied to the clipboard, ready to paste into any blogging platform.
It’s so easy and it makes you so productive and creative. I can create the same workflows I had on my iPad Air that I used as my main computer for two years. It’s not possible to do on a normal, traditional computer.
And working in a distraction-free and hassle-free environment is very important for me to be as productive and creative as possible.
The Chromebook is the perfect device for people that has moved on from traditional computing, and in to an effective, connected workflow-based computing.