New MacBook for me? No, Samsung Chromebook on the way

Summary:My MacBook is getting long in the tooth and I have been thinking for months what I would do to replace it. Those spiffy MacBook Airs look nice, and that new MacBook with Retina Display is really cool. In the end I decided to get what will work well.

Samsung Series 5 550 Chromebook

My 13-inch aluminum MacBook has served me well for years. It has at least a million words on it along with hundreds of thousands of miles of travel. It's still ticking, too, although showing signs of fatigue. I have been looking at a replacement for my old friend, and surprised myself by going cheap with a Chromebook.

I am an acknowledged gadget freak and I would love a shiny expensive toy for my every day work, but after careful examination I realized that would be overkill. I am platform agnostic, I regularly switch working among the MacBook, Windows desktop, Windows laptop, iPad, Android tablet, well you get the picture.

The truth is no matter what gadget I am using, I am always, without fail, doing my work in the Chrome browser. Google was ahead of the game by releasing the Chrome browser on all of the major platforms. I can do my work, without compromise, in the Chrome browser.

That realization made me look anew at the Chromebook. It runs an OS that is an extended Chrome browser, and that fits my work needs perfectly. Google updates the Chrome OS regularly and those updates just appear on the Chromebook without intervention. The idea of having a laptop that updates itself all the time is liberating to me.

Finding out I could get the latest Samsung Series 5 550 Chromebook for $450 sealed the deal, and one should be arriving at my home office today. I can't remember when I have been so excited to get such a cheap laptop, but I think the Chrome OS has evolved to make it a perfect fit for my work needs.

I will be sharing my thoughts on the Chromebook when I get some time under the hood, but for now I am anxiously awaiting for the man in brown to arrive. It's not a solution for everyone, but I think it's the right one for me.

Topics: Mobile OS, Google, Laptops


James Kendrick has been using mobile devices since they weighed 30 pounds, and has been sharing his insights on mobile technology for almost that long. Prior to joining ZDNet, James was the Founding Editor of jkOnTheRun, a CNET Top 100 Tech Blog that was acquired by GigaOM in 2008 and is now part of that prestigious tech network. James' w... Full Bio

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