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5 Reasons Why I Switched From Windows to Chrome

I have been in love with tech since I was young. I love to learn the newest gadgets in the market, while also finding the best one for me.

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Image by Thant Zin Oo from Pixabay

If I were able to go back 5 years ago and tell 16-year-old me that I will be using a Chromebook in the future, past me would have scoffed. But here I am now, typing this article on a Lenovo C330 Chromebook.

Oh, how times have changed.

The Change: How I Switched From Windows to Chrome OS

I have a little backstory about my experience with Windows. Before 2020, I was all about Windows. The first operating system that I ever used was Windows XP. I then went up the ladder, from Vista to Windows 10.

I never used anything else. Mac was not that common in my place because of the price tag. And Linux was unheard of. So everywhere, from home to computer shops, you will see Windows, Windows, and Windows!

I had my fair share of Windows laptops. The last one I used was an Acer laptop that was around $400. And boy, it was rough using that thing.

I partly blame myself for not knowing better and loading the laptop with useless third-party apps that may or may not have a virus attached to them. But even then, that laptop was already doomed from the start. The device ran as slow as molasses, it was so bulky to bring to school, and the worst part was the 2-3 hour long battery life.

2020 came around, and I couldn't seem to boot the thing up. The charger wouldn't charge at all. And even then, trying to navigate it was so tedious that I'd rather not use it. It was slow, laggy, and unbearable to use.

I needed a new device.

This is my Lenovo Chromebook C330, looking as fresh as when I first bought it.

This is my Lenovo Chromebook C330, looking as fresh as when I first bought it.

I did not gravitate to any of the Windows laptops at my local mall. They were either cheap but had subpar specs, or they were functional but with a high price tag.

Then I saw the Lenovo Chromebook C330, just sitting on the shelf. At first, I was a little dubious. Would a Chromebook be the right device for me?

But then I kept researching and learning about Chrome OS and my dream device. And the more I read, the more I fell in love.

A friend of mine laughed when I told them I wanted that Chromebook. My boyfriend was worried and was dissuading me not to get it. But I persisted. I was even warned by the salesman at the store that a Chrome OS is only comparable to an Android tablet.

But I made my mind up, and my dad bought it for me for Christmas.

Love at First Type

I was instantly hooked when I first used my Chromebook. The 11.6" screen is perfect. I can type all day with the keyboard. Loading web pages don't have to take me all day. The list goes on and on, and I can be here all day!

But instead, I'll give you my 5 reasons as to why I love my Chromebook and Chrome OS.

Of course, this is not saying I will never use Windows ever again. Instead, take this as me giving a spotlight onto a highly controversial operating system.

With that out of the way, let's talk about Chrome OS.

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Image by schoithramani from Pixabay

5 Reasons Why I Love Chrome OS and My Chromebook

If I can describe Chromebooks in three words, I'd use simple, efficient, and cost-friendly.

Chromebooks are not made for everybody. I'm sure that there are a lot of people who genuinely believe that Chrome OS is too barebone and restrictive. But at the same time, I can say that Chrome OS and Chromebooks are made for a specific niche. What niche may it be? Well, whatever it is, I'm sure part of it.

So as part of that niche, let me give you my personal take on why I will stick to using my Chrome device for a long time.

1. Chromebooks Are Comparably Cheaper

Go to any computer stores that sell Windows, Macbooks, and Chromebooks, and you'll find that Chromebooks are by far the cheapest out of the bunch.

Chromebooks are generally cheaper because Chrome OS is a very light operating system. Unlike Windows, Chromebooks can run on low-end processors and fewer RAM.

But lower specs don't always mean lower performance. If Chrome OS can already run smoothly without any bells and whistles, why add more?

Granted, there are more expensive devices out there like the Pixelbook and the Samsung Chromebooks. Are they better? Arguably, yes. They are faster, have better screens, and more storage. If that tickles your fancy, then go ahead and buy those devices.

But you're not missing out if you use a budget or mid-tier device. I can wholeheartedly say that if you are on a tight budget, a Chromebook is a good option for your everyday needs.

2. It Works With a Click Of a Button

I've had my Chromebook for half a year. Normally, with a Windows device, things start to slow down for me. But my Chromebook is as zippy as a bee!

Sure, I get a few hiccups now and then when I open around 8-10 tabs. But I can easily type my assignment on Docs, listen to music on Spotify, and research something on Google all at once. I rarely experience a crash on my device. And I rarely experience having to forcefully shut down my laptop when something is not working.

The speediness of my Chromebook can always make me feel confident and productive. And at least I don't have to get up and grab a cup of coffee every single time I load up a new tab.

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3. A Battery That Won't Die on You

When I had my old Windows laptop, I always carried my charger everywhere I go. If I don't, my laptop will die within just a few hours.

But with my Chromebook, I can last the whole day with a single charge. And I usually do a lot, from typing out essays to watching a full-length movie.

Chromebooks are so well-known for their long battery life that you'll be shellshocked to see one that barely lasts a whole day. (I'm looking at you, Samsung Galaxy Chromebook...) The battery is such a huge selling point that I thought the reviews were lying. Guess I am now eating my words.

My Chromebook is a reliable device. I feel confident bringing it out without a charger on me. And if I do need a quick refill, I can easily use a type C charger to bring it back to life.

4. Chrome OS Is Not as Limited as It Used to Be

People like to argue that Chromebooks are not "real computers" since they don't do what "real computers" do. But the truth to the matter is that Chromebooks are now capable of being more than a secondary device.

You can now use Chromebooks offline, like with Google Docs and Drive. You can store data locally while also using cloud service. A lot of Android apps that I use daily run smoothly on my device. And while Linux is far from perfect, I can tell you right now that I have zero hiccups when using GIMP or Audacity. (Although, I don't recommend video editing if you have a cheaper Chromebook.)

My point is that a Chromebook is not a bad option like it was before. It has matured greatly from what it was 10 years ago. And Google is continuously updating and improving the hardware and software.

Don't let the naysayers say otherwise without trying it out yourself. You'll be surprised at how capable the operating system is.

5. Honestly, It's Everything I Need

I'm a freelance writer and communication student, and honestly, I don't need much. A device that can let me write and do assignments is good enough. I can also play a handful of games like Stardew Valley and TheoTown. I can watch Netflix or YouTube during my free time. And when it comes to content creation, I use Photopea to edit my pictures and VLLO for my video.

I am contented with what my device has to offer. It gets the job done, and that's all that matters in my book. And for a lot of people, that's all that matters too.

Stepping out of my comfort zone, I realize that I don't need the latest processor or the brightest screen to be happy. I guess you can group me in with casual users. And while yes, I love watching the latest gadgets and read about the newest devices on the market, I always come back to using my trusty, old device.

My Chromebook has taught me to be contented with what I have. And I am sure a lot of people can agree with me on that. And hey, if it still works, it works!

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Photo by Dean Pugh on Unsplash

Do I Miss Windows?

This whole time, I've been going on about how much I love my Chromebook and Chrome OS. But even if I adore my current setup, that doesn't mean I don't miss my previous one.

There are times that I hit a roadblock with Chrome OS and realize just how much I miss Windows. Chrome OS is admittedly still limited in what it can do. And Google chose security over freedom for its operating system. So while yes, I feel safe knowing I won't get a virus, I am limited to what Google chose to offer.

One thing I most the most are my computer games. My mid-tier Chromebook can't run Steam for Linux since it does not have Intel in it. And even then, I doubt my device can handle Sims 3. I miss being able to play my Steam games on my device. And when it comes to gaming, I'm limited to what the Play Store has to offer.

I also miss using old applications like Paint.Net. I had to compromise a lot when it comes to using Chrome OS. I had to look for alternatives that are at least passable. And even then, I had to use 2 to 3 programs on Chrome that can easily be 1 program with Windows.

And I think the most irritating part about Chrome OS is the Auto Update Expiration (AUE) date. For those unaware, Google can only update Chromebooks within a limited amount of time (around 6.5 years). Once your device reaches that end-of-life date, it will no longer receive updates from Google.

End-of-life, thankfully, does not mean your Chromebook will stop working and explode. Rather, it just means that it won't receive the latest security patch or updates. You can still use your device, but it's now more vulnerable to malware and won't have the latest features.

For Windows, at least you can update your device to the latest operating system. That can't be the same for Chrome OS. And while I'll be using my Chrome even past that date, I would still appreciate not getting a virus while downloading an app on the Play Store.

At the End Of The Day, OS Doesn't Matter

At the end of the day, the operating system you use isn't a big deal. Sure, the right OS can provide convenience, comfort, and productivity. But telling people that Windows is the only legitimate operating system out there can be disingenuous.

I made this article to show my love for Chrome OS. People are allowed to share their adoration for Windows and Mac, so why not with Chrome as well? So while this operating system may or may not work with you, I can confidently tell you that it works for me. And for me, that's all that matters.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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