Alternatives or supplements to the above...

I'm sure that these are all great products for those who need the power and flexibility of a "regular" PC, however, my recent purchase of a Chromebook has definitely open my eyes. For $200 I can do 90% of whatever work I need to do, writing emails, surfing the net, doing minutes for the organizations to which I belong, even creating posters and fliers for various events. If I am out and about, I start documents that will later be finished using more sophisticated software on a standard computer. Files get saved to the net or on a thumb-drive for access at a later date. The unit is small, compact, lightweight, and boots very rapidly.

It definitely is not as "sexy" as the products above, but I would ask these questions before you lay out any big bucks for those products, (1) What do you really need them to do that can't be done on a Chromebook?; (2) Can you use the money you save with the Chromebook to buy a better "power" machine for your more sophisticated work? I do a lot of graphics work for which the Chromebook is not my first, second, or even third choice, but outside of that it is my first choice.


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