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The delivery guy dropped off my new Samsung Google Chrome Laptop a few days ago. It’s teaching this old dog a few new tricks. My new Chromebook is different from any PC I’ve ever had. In fact, it’s not a PC at all; but I’m okay with that.

My old laptop was ailing from one too many struggles with the ‘blue screen of death. ‘ I needed a new, affordable computer, so I was hooked the moment I saw a commercial advertising a shiny new one for $249. The Chromebook site listed these great features.

And There’s So Much More!

The Samsung Series 5 Chromebook isn’t for everyone; it’s a completely (nearly) cloud based experience that provides the owner a problem-free, zen-like approach to computing. There are no patches, virus warnings, kernel panics, glitches, or blue screens of death. On my Chromebook, I just have an internet experience that works they way I want it to with no headache or concern. That is why my Samsung Chromebook is my favorite laptop computer.

I checked out the Google Chromebook online and ordered mine a few days later. I already knew that they operated web-based apps… Sort of like an Ipad—and that they could be shared among multiple users. I planned to figure out the remaining part of the story after my computer arrived; but they were on back order, so I used the wait time to do more research, and read online user reviews.

I learned that I could not use any traditional PC programs at all, and that the apps I could use wouldn’t be stored on my computer. They would be installed in the Google Chrome browser and run from there. That meant that I ‘d have to be online most of the time. Hmmm…

It also meant I would’ve got to find an app to edit videos and photos. I ‘d have to use Google Docs instead of the free writing program I ‘d used for years. Also my stuff would be stored on Google Drive, a Cloud-like, online storage space. Apps? Google Docs? Cloud? I almost cancelled my order. However, I decided to learn the Chromebook way of doing things.

It’s okay to recognize that you have never understood the whole’ Cloud’ thing. The Chromebook will give you first hand experience. When you create a document in the Google Docs app, for instance, it’s automatically saves to Google Drive online storage.

My new Samsung Google Chromebook looks and feels like a sleek and shiny traditional ‘laptop. ‘ It’s lightweight and small—a little smaller than a sheet of notebook paper, not even a thick as the climax of a quarter. I was concerned that it would feel flimsy and frail. However, it’s sturdy and solid. The keyboard is a Mac/PC hybrid that’s responsive to my touch.

It comes to life the moment I open the lid. I input my Gmail/Chrome sign-in information the first time. Now I simply enter my password into the little box that pops up. In seconds I’m in my very own Google Chrome, browser-based world.

Youtube, G+, Gmail, Apps, and Chrome browser icons live at the lower left of the screen. One click on the Apps icon shows me a listing of the pre-loaded apps. I’ve already added a few myself.

My biggest adjustment is using Google Drive the way I used to use a PC hard drive. My files are stored online in’ My Drive. ‘ They are accessible anywhere, by anyone or on any device I choose. There’s normally a fee for Google Drive space. However, Chromebook comes with 100 GB of drive space free for 2 years.

Chromebook comes with 100 free gigabytes of Google Drive Space. You can store your documents, photos and downloaded files. You can access them from any internet accessible device you own, including your old laptop. You can allow others access to your drive as well.

I easily view and edit photos with the pre-loaded editing app. I cannot view my videos though, possibly because of my camera’s odd MOD format. A Chrome Store video editing app cost $5 a month. However, I can try Youtube online editing for free.

I’m typing this review on Google Docs in a Google Chrome tab. It’s like a traditional word processing program, except my documents are automatically saved to My Drive, and synced for offline editing.

The touchpad is a single block in place of the three sectioned left-mouse/right-mouse I’m used to. It’s great for navigating web pages. However, I do not like it for online games. I tried it with Bejeweled Blitz. It was almost impossible to make my little gems slide into place. Flash info kept popping up. I’m not sure if there was a Chromebook compatible mouse yet.

My Chromebook is lightweight enough to carry in a tote bag or even a large purse. This makes it easy to take anywhere. To get the maximum of my new computer though, I’ll have to find an online connection when I’m away from home. So far I’ve tried it out at Starbucks and it connected just fine.

It’s only been a few days. However, I I’m growing attached to like my shiny little Chromebook. Of course it could have been love at first sight, except the same day the delivery man brought my $249. Samsung to my door, Google released a $199. Acer Chromebook Model.

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