I’m testing this computer to see what I can get done as compared to my regular-large 17 inch Dell laptop. While I don’t plan on doing video editing, that may be the only big compromise.
Two things I really like this Chromebook is that it will run all day for me and I just plug it in at night. It also comes back to life within two seconds from being in Sleep mode.
Here are my observations.
- Audio – speakers are loud – better than my Dell.
- Keyboard feels good and is easy to type on. You can plug in a USB keyboard and it works well.
- SD card slot – I added a 128 gb standard SD card and it has some issues at times. I have to pull the card out and then put it back in. I may try a smaller card. I don’t plan on taking advantage of the free 100 gb on Google Drive for two years. I now only use 2 gb of the free 15 gb which your Google account gives you.
- I’d like more than the two USB ports, but you can add a USB Hub for more ports.
- Fit and finish – while I like how it looks, the edges on the front of the computer seem a tad sharp.
- Wireless Mouse – easy installation – just plug it in. One thing I don’t like is that the scroll wheel doesn’t work quite as well. Each click only moves about half a line so it takes longer to scroll down a page. I’m using the down arrow key instead.
- If you want to plug in a SD card and are using the main slot for storage, then you will need a SD card reader.
- The USB 3.0 slot is on the right side. Plug your wireless mouse into the USB 2.0 slot on the left side.
- They have Pixlir Editor installed which is a nice Photoshop replacement.
- While you can’t add files etc. to the desktop, you can right click on an item and it will give you the option to open it up as a new window.
- The toolbar on the bottom is called the SHELF. You can add apps to it by right clicking on them and choosing Pin to Shelf.
- To eject a USB device go to Files app and right click the device and choose Eject. I like to keep this opened so that it’s always available at the bottom of the screen.
- Power Point files put onto Google Drive seem to work fine.
- One thing I noticed is that some of the apps that I use on my Android phone are not available in the Chrome Web store. These are two different things, although there is talk that they might merge in the future. There is no VLC for a Chromebook
- Login – you need your Gmail password which is a bit of a pain for me as I usually use LastPass to login.
- Battery Life – You have to click on the battery icon to see how much time is left. Battery lasts all day for me, using it off and on during the day. I wish they would show the amount of time left in hours and minutes, but can get that information by clicking on the battery icon.
- I had some problems printing. What I had to do was delete my “Classic” Google Cloud Printer and then add it back in.
- It has a HDMI port, but no VGA port. You will need an adapter if you want to hook this up to a projector with VGA.
- You can require a password on wake-up through the Settings.
- I notice that I did have an update in the first 24 hours.
After 24 hours, I am very happy with this computer.
- No Delete key? You can use Alt + Backspace
- How do I change screen resolution? Answer – Settings – Display Settings and then you can change the resolution. I found that the 1920 x 1080 resolution created some fonts which are too small for me.