Almost. It’s a test device from husband’s company so select employees can see and try the differences between a Chromebook and Windows PC notebooks and, yes, the Mac. His company uses all three. So, we have a Chromebook in the house.
What’s it like?
This one in particular is the HP Chromebook x2 model which is about the same size as my 13-inch MacBook Pro. It has a touchscreen, a little loop to hold the HP version of an iPad Pencil, a detachable but full-size keyboard, two USB-C ports, and it runs Chrome OS.
What does this Chromebook look like to you?
Most readers would guess this way, 1) a Windows PC notebook, 2) a new MacBook Air with touchscreen and Pencil. Just kidding. As much as we might want an entry-level touchscreen Mac with a detachable keyboard it just ain’t gonna happen.
When my husband brought the HP Chromebook home I asked a few question; 1) can I try it? 2) why are they looking at Chromebooks, 3) what do you think of it so far?, 4) what do your co-workers think of a Chromebook to replace the Windows PCs and Macs?
Yes, I got to try it out over the weekend. Companies switch to Chromebooks because they’re inexpensive relative to Windows PCs. The also cost much less to operate. Most companies don’t need the horsepower or complexity of Windows 10 and Windows applications.
As to which employees like the Chromebooks? He tells me that so far Windows PC users don’t care one way or the other, and Mac users would rather die or go on unemployment than switch from their Macs to a Chromebook.
After banging away on this HP Chromebook over the weekend I can see why Chromebooks succeed. It looks and feels like a traditional PC notebook, is similar in functionality to a Microsoft Surface notebook tablet hybrid, the keyboard is decent, and it does just enough to be useful to those schools and businesses whose students, faculty, and employees don’t need a full blown Windows devices.
No, this won’t replace a Mac. There’s no Photoshop equivalent. Email is anemic. Applications are Android-like. But the browser-like interface is simple for most people and there are enough additional applications– albeit basic by feature comparison to a Mac– that people adjust quickly. Yes, Chromebooks have become notebook tablet hybrids but that doesn’t make it a good table. An iPad is better. As a tablet.
Let’s look at this another way. Mac sales are down. Windows PC sales are up– mostly thanks to the new breed of PC notebook tablet hybrids. Chromebook sales are through the roof (relatively speaking). What does that say about Apple’s seemingly anemic Mac strategy?