A few months ago I started up my laptop and saw that dreaded blue screen of death – now this is not always a bad thing, but when you end up in a loop of blue screens – it is a little scary. Especially when you remember that you have not backed up any of your files in… um… awhile. So, I headed to the store to check out new laptops so I could prepare myself for “the big purchase” when it was absolutely needed. When I got to the store I got a chance to check out the Chromebook from Google – sleek and small, they are amazing for travel, and easy to use. Thanks to Staples.com, I was able to get an Acer C710 Chromebook of my own – and as soon as it landed on my doorstep – we have been pretty inseparable.
Acer C710 Chromebook
The Chromebook was released by Google, uses a Google Chrome operating system. It is not made to be filled up with storage and system hogging software – it is made to run apps on the cloud (the amazing world of internet storage – not the grey storm clouds in the sky), but you can also run most things offline and when you connect to the internet it will back itself up. So… not only no more blue screen because the Chromebook keeps itself updated and brags of no viruses – but backing up without even thinking about it! The Chrome operating system is similar enough to other operating systems that you can catch on quickly – but you will soon realize it is made for simplicity and connectivity.
The Acer C710 Chromebook has a dual core processor – better than many netbooks of the same size and it moves quick! It also has the Chrome OS – which like I said, updates itself keeping it updated and protected always. The Acer C710 has an 11.6” display, which makes it super small, and weighs in at just over 3lbs (3.04lbs to be exact). It also has a memory card slot so you can transfer photos easily to your computer, THREE USB ports (whoa!) and an HDMI port – so I can connect it to just about anything I need to. This new addition is WAY smaller than my usual laptop – and I love that feature!
Unboxing the Chromebook meant taking it out of the box, inserting the battery, opening the “lid” – and it was on – no button to push or plugging it – it was ready to go right out of the box. You log on with your Google account – which then allows you to connect to Gmail, Google Docs and Google Drive, YouTube, and more. You can download apps from Google like games, notepads, and more (personally – I don’t know what kind of computer doesn’t have Solitaire – so I had to find it and download it right away). Because most of what I do is all online anyway– the Chromebook is perfect for me. When I was ready to pass it off to my husband – all I had to do was log off and have him log on with his Google account (I don’t want him getting into all my stuff!). We both have android phones, so we had Google accounts already that we use all the time, but if you need to set one up I promise it is easy.
Along with my Acer Chromebook from Staples, I got a pretty sweet netbook bag – which while not the star of the review – is pretty cool itself. It is a Cocoon Netbook Case, and it has a couple different super padded pockets (with soft fabric to keep my new little Chromebook safe). My favorite part of the bag is the Grid-It piece – it is made of all kinds of little stretchy bands that are laid out in a random grid. I can configure it however I want it to hold whatever I want (my phone, pens, pads of paper, etc.).
So there you have it – a fun new Chromebook – easy to use, perfect for what I need, and of course – a cool bag to accessorize my life a little more!