For the many years I have been dragging around my laptop and my iPad Air. Either one or both. When I didn’t have them both with me I regretted it at times. I may have wanted to write a blog post or update my campaign notes and only had my iPad with me which is horrible to do any typing on. Or I had my laptop with me and was tired of writing and simply wanted to read some PDFs of Chess Life or read my game PDFs neither of which is optimal with the screen in landscape. Additionally I really need very low weight. I carry my messenger bag around with me everywhere and it really begins to hurt my shoulder if it gets really heavy so I need light weight gear. I thought about upgrading to the iPad Pro 12.9 which is an amazing piece of tech but also ridiculously expensive so that was pretty much out. I began looking at the 2 in 1 laptops.
Now, while I am a fan of how well Apple products are amazingly interconnected with each other I am not a fan of how much they cost. Plus, they don’t have a 2 in 1 laptop and I was not fond of the Smart Keyboard for the iPad. Not fun to type on and it is glitchy according to all I have read on Reddit. I have never been a real fan of Microsoft products but the Surface Pro did catch my attention for a bit. I tired the Surface Pro 3 but it was just too glitchy and the battery life was abysmal. In addition the interruption of updates CONSTANTLY was really annoying. Plus it is also very expensive. So, on to the last bastion of hope. Chromebooks.
I think everybody that knows me understands that I am a fan of Chromebooks. They are simple, bulletproof and inexpensive. And almost TOTALLY immune to viruses which is fantastic. They have their quirks - like having difficulties printing - but they are almost always under $300 for a good one. They do have 2 in 1 Chromebooks but they have never been that great due to two reasons - one being my issue (aging eyes) with the, typically, low resolution of the screen (720 to 1080) and the speed of the processors which created lag when you scroll a very large PDF which drove me crazy. So I have been waiting and watching…
Enter the Samsung Chromebook Plus.
This Chromebook, so far, is amazing! It is a little pricey for a Chromebook at $420 but compare that to any Apple laptop or a Surface Pro and immediately becomes NOT pricey! It has a 2400 x 1600 12.3” screen for crystal clarity and it is a 2 in 1 so I can also use it as a tablet. It is VERY lightweight coming in a just a hair over 2 pounds so it is easy to travel with. Chromebooks typically have very low storage since they recommend using Google Drive but this laptop also has a micro SD card slot so I popped in a 128gb SD card and now I have plenty of storage for my PDF’s and videos. Lastly I want to talk about the included stylus.
Unlike the Surface Pro or the iPad Pro this Chromebook actually has a slot for the stylus to slide into. I would totally hate having to fish around in my bag for the stylus like I would have to do with the iPad or the Surface Pro plus it comes with it unlike the iPad which costs $150 extra. That’s crazy! Plus, as soon as you eject the stylus, a little menu pops up giving you options on how to use it. You can use it like a mouse, a laser pointer, screen capture or taking notes and drawing. Very cool.
So this is my new go to device for surfing, videos and all things creative.
Until next time!