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    • petebocken

      Seeing these articles floating around lately:

      https://bgr.com/2018/07/06/chromebook-vs-windows-laptop-time-to-switch/

      https://qz.com/1314197/you-dont-need-a-mac-laptop/

      A couple years ago, my Mac was in service for 3 days and I ended up using my PC (mainly a Plex Media Server). My work is mainly done in a web browser (web dev), so Chrome is all I really needed. Most of everything I do on a regular basis is normally done in Chrome, save for FTP, text editor, and the occasional Photoshop edit. I feel like I wouldn't have to make too many compromises if I only had to use a Chromebook.

    • Chris
      Chris MacAskill

      Four years ago when I worked at SmugMug, one of our most security-minded engineers bought a Google Pixelwhatever because he felt it was probably the most secure of all the laptops. I tried it for a half day and the screen resolution, build quality and speed were all outstanding, so I bought one.

      I got really excited because I loved using it and it was cheaper than Mac laptops, so I envisioned them spreading at SmugMug among our employees and saving us monies, ops costs, and maybe giving a boost to security.

      But alas. We were a photo company and I had to keep running to my Mac for Lightroom, Photoshop, and Adobe Premier. And so my enthusiasm faded and we never bought any more because everyone was in the same boat.

      But I can definitely see why they are catching on, especially in education.

    • wx

      I've given a lot of thought to a Chromebook. There aren't many with a 15" screen, though. That Google Pixelbook has a 12" screen, I think I'd find it challenging to use.

    • petebocken

      The price tag for a 15" is also hard to get past. Although, I guess the whole point of this conversation is that we are spending a lot of money on MacBook Pros and just using a web browser. ;-)

    • marchyman

      No more laptops for me any more. I can get by with a small tablet for mail and web browsing which is about the only thing I do on the road. At home I want my 27" screen.

      My last laptop, a 2010 era Macbook Air, has been relegated to guest room duties the last several years. It will stay in that role as long as it keeps working.

    • Dracula

      I bought a Lenovo 10" Android tablet last year, and set it up so that my 84 year old parents can answer and see and talk with me on skype when I call them. Being thousands of miles away, this has been my only way for years of really getting any closer to them. Before that I used one of the first hardware devices for skype, an Asus video phone, but eventually the software updates they did to skype rendered it useless.

    • Dj

      I'm actually thinking of going the other way. At home, I have a dual 27" setup. My PC is getting very dated, and it's time to look in to replacing or at least upgrade it. My wife doesn't have a home computer, but uses an Acer spin 5 for surfing, shopping, and mail. I borrow it when I don't feel like sitting in front of my desk, or am going to be out of town. I had been wanting something similar to the wifes laptop for travel, and building a good gaming/photo editing PC for the house. I'm seriously thinking of going to a high powered laptop with a docking station on my desk where I can just plug it in, and still use my current keyboard/mouse/speakers/monitors. That would enable me to play games and do some lightroom work on photos while out of town as well. I don't think I'd be giving up much doing it that way, and it probably would be cheaper than buying two complete computers.

    • vegasphotog

      For all my real grunt work, I will ALWAYS have an 8-cyclinder desktop machine for the heavy lifting but I bought an Acer 13" a few months back and really like the simplicity and the price. I can alot on my phone but, as needed, this 13" ends up being the right size for me....if I really need to do some photo editing I can use Snapseed (I have fighting hard (probably to my death) the whole Adobe subscription model so I work in LR6) as needed.

      One of my clients has spent $$$ on buying full-on laptops for his field techs that basically just need a web browser to complete their field work so I have showed him how to migrate over to Chromebooks and he has saved at least $10K on buying a revised tool that gets the job done nicely.

      Certainly there are some quirks, but, for $200, I cannot really find the effort to complain.

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