Expectation vs Reality
Recently I saw an article where a reporter had a discussion with a Best Buy employee to determine whether a Chromebook is better than a Windows PC. He heard a major blogger say the Chromebook was better.
A Chromebook outperforms a Windows PC
They don’t provide the same level of functionality.
A Chromebook is designed for an environment where offline storage is not a requirement. When they were first released Google touted that as an advantage. Quite frankly, it is in certain environments. Notice I said “certain.”
Where would that be?
- In a classroom or lab where users are transient and any content they might use is in the cloud.
- In a secure environment where data needs to be controlled and maintained in a central repository.
- While traveling and in public venues
- You’ve in couch-potato mode plan on browsing the internet. You’ve little need to edit files.
- You’re working in a virtual environment and your applications are served up from a VM.
The reality is a Chromebook is not meant to replace a PC, it’s meant to augment under certain circumstances. Is it possible to replace your PC with a Chromebook?
The reality is “under certain circumstances,” yes.
So, while the Best Buy salesperson considered Chromebooks to be worthless, there’s a reason they’re being sold. They have their place.
Will they totally replace a Windows PC? It’s not likely; however, with the push to access applications from the cloud there is more reason where they make sense.
It’s important that you set your expectation correctly when considering a Chromebook and even Microsoft knows that. The reality is they’re worried and want to maintain your mindshare. Have you noticed the number of PCs hitting the market lately with limited memory and storage? They look and feel a lot like Chromebooks to me and have some of the same limitations.