In December 2010, I got a surprise, an early Christmas gift from Google: The company sent me a Cr-48, the first-model Chromebook, which I reviewed at the time. From that point on, I used it nearly every day, mostly for Web browsing and writing assignments.
I retired it late last year, but didn’t replace it with a newer Chromebook. Instead, I now use a lighter and smaller notebook for my mobile computing work, the ASUS X205, which runs Windows 8.1. This change in platforms wasn’t because I no longer liked Chromebooks or the operating system they run, Chrome OS.
I bought the X205 on Black Friday to review it. Otherwise, I probably would have gotten a new Chromebook.
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