I’m into all sorts of technology. I have an iPhone 5, a MacBook Pro, and an iPad. However, I also have a Chromebook. I’m often asked why I have one, or what utility I find with it. In short – it’s all part of my mobile workflow. I don’t always want to lug around my MacBook everywhere. I can take my iPad, but there are many times when having a hardware keyboard is vital – especially on an airplane, where I can’t use bluetooth keyboards in conjunction with my iPad.
Don’t get me wrong – I love my iPad. I use it for a lot. But for responding to e-mails, making webpage edits, writing blog entries, or actually producing things… I need a keyboard. With my Chromebook, I can do pretty much anything from anywhere, with a very minimal footprint when packing.
Using web services, I can accomplish most things I would need to do. Beanstalk allows me to edit any textual files in our repository, and then deploy files to our web servers – no FTP necessary. Harvest allows me to track my time; CloudApp and Dropbox let me store and share files. Gmail obviously works well for my e-mail, and Chrome Remote Desktop lets me access my MacBook if there’s anything that the services I use can’t provide. My iPhone’s hotspot feature allows me to use these from anywhere, and the long battery life allows me to do a considerable amount of work from a single charge.
All-in-all, this product that is described as more of a consumption device allows me to actually be productive, while taking up minimal space. I enjoy the platform, as well as the responsiveness of everything. It’s a super-fast browser and I haven’t experienced any lags at all – I’m a fast typer, so that sort of thing gets distracting. Everything combined, I have the portability of a MacBook Air with the functionality of the same. I really enjoy the experience and added productivity to my mobile workflow.