For while now I'm contemplating on buying a Chromebook. The most attractive feature is the price, it is usually a lot lower compared with most laptops out there and buying the right thing for the job without spending too much cash is one of my main goals.
The Chromebook laptops have an operating system developed entirely by Google and its based on Linux but was built around the Chrome browser. It lacks a lot of functionalities like installing software or games and you don't really store anything on its hard drive, most Chromebooks have a very little space for actual storage and usually run on an SSD of 32GB or more. Everything is online based and you can install Chrome-based apps and now apparently you can also install apps made for Android.
Because of its simplicity, you don't need a lot of computing power, a decent processor and 2 or 4 GB of RAM is usually enough to run everything smoothly.
Another great feature is the battery life, you often can get up to 10 hours of battery life on most Chromebooks, you simply can't reach such performances with a normal laptop.
I think this can be great for a freelancer that is orientated on creating content or implementing SEO strategies and techniques. I rarely need anything else than Chrome when I'm freelancing, sure I might miss tools like Screaming Frog but there are a lot of web-based tools that can replace Screaming Frog as well as other tools SEOs need.
The huge battery life you give me mobility I currently don't have with my old laptop, I don't get more than 30 minutes of battery life at the moment.
I also love everything Google and use most of their services every day, stuff like Google Drive and Google Photos make my life easier, I don't need to install any software and everything I need can be accessed and synced from anywhere anytime.
I currently have my eyes on Lenovo N22-20 Chromebook. It's about 200 bucks here with decent specifications and a huge battery life, one of the biggest among Chromebooks.
Anyone here owns a Chromebook or used one for an extended period of time? It would be great to hear some opinions from direct Chromebook users.
Do you think it's worth it for a web-based freelance like me?