Chrome OS login screen

Credit: Rita El Khoury / Android Authority

Opinion post by
Rita El Khoury

I bought my first Chromebook in January 2015. I still remember sitting in a hotel room in Vegas during CES week, a brand new Toshiba Chromebook 2 on my lap, looking in bewilderment at Chrome OS and how it took all of three minutes to get it set up, signed in to my Google account, and ready for use.

For two years, I used this as my main laptop. It could perform 90%, if not 95% of the tasks that I did on my iMac, at a small fraction of the price. I was sold on the idea of Chrome OS, but the Toshiba Chromebook 2 became very laggy very fast. I needed more power to carry over my multi-tab, multi-task work setup, so I dipped into my wallet and splurged on a heavily-discounted Google Pixelbook in 2017.