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If you use the Chrome browser on your Windows laptop, it will seem like they removed everything EXCEPT the Chrome browser, which remains 98% the same as it is on a Windows PC. To be honest, my first reaction was more “huh” than “wow.” If you use Firefox or IE, it will probably be a little more of a change, but still will seem pretty familiar. Many people make a big deal about Chromebooks needing a constant internet connection. While this is mostly true, there are some things you can do offline, including working with Docs and Sheets (word processor and spreadsheet). Since you are familiar with those applications, there will be very little adjustment required.
There are some definite advantages for Chromebooks. Most are quite affordable, and they almost all have very good battery life. You should expect to see perhaps 6-7 hours of use from a charge with the HP. The boot up time is very short, less than 10 seconds in my experience. Also, they are new and interesting enough to be somewhat cool and interesting to a lot of people, judging from conversations I’ve had with people at the coffee shop. Yes, I know I’m playing to stereotype there, but what can I say...I like coffee and I sometimes take my work with me.
The main complaint I have is printing. It is a pain if you don’t have a Google Cloud printer, and I do not. Basically, I have to go through a Windows laptop running the Chrome browser to print to a networked printer. Awkward and inconvenient. They seriously need to improve this ASAP.
As a developer, the main speedbump for me switching to a chromebook is the lack of any really good cloud-based development environments. There are a couple (like Code Envy) that have come a long ways but still don't quite have all the functionality I need. If it weren't for that though, I could work exclusively in a browser.