If you’re like me, you probably hear and read a lot about this. “Chromebooks aren’t real computers”.
I always like to challenge back with a why?
The answers are typical – it doesn’t run Photoshop. Or, I’m not always connected to the Internet.
So, I’ll add a reply to that – “When was the last time you used Photoshop?” “Did you buy your current computer just because of Photoshop?” “If you could install a program on your Chromebook and could run it offline, would that change your perspective?”
Now, the misconception of a Chromebook’s capabilities undoubtedly stem back to the beginning when it really was a browser in a box needing an Internet connection. It’s just that it’s come a long way since then but the Internet never forgets. Neither do some of the silly people who still maintain that it’s just a browser.
In fact, the whole concept like the Chrome browser and Chromebook has come so far. And, you’re not limited to just that; modern Chromebooks run Android and some are experimenting with Linux.
And yes, it’s not the product of universal choice in schools. I’d be up in arms if someone indicated that a Computer Science or Drafting or Visual Arts program would be equally as served. But, there are so many other areas where the Chromebook does a terrific job.
So terrific, in fact, that we’re now seeing that Microsoft is developing a version of Windows to put computers at the same price point. That’s going to be interesting.
In the meantime, you owe it to yourself to get yourself up to speed. To that end, you should check out the Chromebook Simulator in your current system.
Even if you are a Chromebook user, there’s always something new to learn. Maybe a little time in the simulator will change the opinions of some or make others more sophisticated users!