I just received this Chromebook a few days ago, and it is my first Chromebook. For years I have worked on Windows based computers for work and Mac computers for personal use.
Last year I decided to part ways with my MacBook, which I bought in 2013. I rarely used this computer, and I decided to take a stab of using an iPad Air 2. It did not go well, I used it even less, because it was not much different from my current iPhone. I sold it and got a Microsoft Surface 3 running Windows 10. It felt like I went back in time, and it simply did not feel right.
I needed something different, something simple. I did not want to spend a lot of money like I did in 2013 for computer that I rarely used. This is what Chromebooks are made for, a simple computer that just does the basics.
Chromebooks range from about $150 to $500, excluding the Google Pixel. High end models range from $300 to $500.
While doing my research, I came across this Toshiba Chromebook 2 with the following features:
- USB 2.0
- USB 3.0
- HDMI (Full Size Input)
- Backlit Keyboard
- Full HD 1080p 13.3" Screen
I rate computers on three features:
Compatibility - Works with all your key input devices. Connect to a TV and External Screen. Add additional hard drives with USB and SD Card. There are probably apps and extensions that will cover the majority of your computing needs.
Usability - Chrome OS is a browser with apps and extensions. I use my Chromebook to browse the internet, pay bills and media consumption like Netflix and Hulu. The computer works great for basic computing, web browsing and word processing.
I recommend this Toshiba ChromeBook 2. For $299 it is the best for this price.