The Useless Chromebook

The Useless Chromebook

If it made any sense I would buy chromebooks for our employees in a heartbeat. I like the general concept and a design of some models (i.e. Chrombook Pixel is beautiful as long as we don’t speak about the price). Their big advantage, comparing to windows laptops is its security and effortless management. I admire theirs simplicity which is fine, but not if it comes with overlimitation.

Buying Chromebook for business purposes doesn’t make any sense today. It’s pretty amazing that these devices are completely useless even though you need a computer only for doing a few simple things. Some people at KISS use their laptops just for stuff like this:

1. Communicating over email and chat
2. Working with spreadsheets and text documents
3. Browsing the Internet

It sounds like a great chance for Chromebook, however it didn’t take an advantage of it. Yeah, it supports very well Gmail, Hangouts and it has Slack app, but when you want to run Skype, you hit the wall. Yes, it can open documents in Google Docs or run the Office 365 online, but when you want to print it, you hit the wall (compatible cloud printer is needed). When you scan papers using an all-in-one printer… guess what? Yes, you hit the wall because you can’t get an access to scanned documents for a reason that Chromebook has no support for network shares. In my opinion only web browsing is acceptable. However, you don’t buy a laptop only for browsing the Internet. So, what are chromebooks for?