A couple of quick questions for my readers. I'm thinking of getting a Chromebook computer as a portable writing tool, one that's cheaper and less costly to lose or damage than a full-blown laptop or notebook computer. I have in mind either the Samsung or Acer low-cost offerings (about $250 and $200 respectively - I can't afford the high-end stuff).
Does anyone have any experience with either of these Chromebooks? In particular:
- How have you found the experience of using online software as opposed to programs that are loaded on your computer? In the absence of internet connectivity, is the Chromebook just so much dead weight, or can you still do productive work on it (e.g. edit word processing files, etc.)?
- Has the keyboard been acceptable for extended sessions of touch-typing? I'm thinking of the sort of typing I do for a chapter of a book, or a long article here on the blog. Some keyboards are very difficult to use in that they're poorly laid out or not very responsive, while others are more suited to the task. How do the Chromebooks compare, given their small footprint?
I'd be grateful if you'd please share your experiences with us in Comments. Many thanks.