Some people say that ChromeOS is a limited Operating System but as someone who has been using ChromeOS for a few years now, I have to respectfully disagree. I purchased my Pixelbook to upgrade my previous Chromebook back in February and I have not regretted it yet – the Pixelbook is by far the best laptop I own. It is so good that it has become my primary machine. With that said, I do like to use a multiple display setup when I am at my desk – complete with a full keyboard, mouse, speaker, and 2 additional 23 inch displays. Also, this setup will work with Windows, MacOS, Linux, ChromeOS and even Android! Here is how I did it.
I am a person who normally relies on several computers at a time on a daily basis to get stuff done. I recently decided to try an experiment to see if I can use a Chromebook as my daily driver and I am actually not regretting it. I have been critical of ChromeOS in the past, even to the point that I wrote a scathing blog post a few months ago pointing out that major parts of ChromeOS are simply half-baked and had several short-comings. I still stand by that post however in the months since posting it, ChromeOS has evolved a bit, allow me to explain.
I planned to wrap up my 2 weeks with the Pixel C tonight however due to the fact that my Pixel C decided to fail a few hours ago (while I was typing up my review) I will need to put this on pause for a few days until Google can ship me a replacement. It looks like the flash storage module on the Pixel C is dead which lead to all of the data being lost and the device in a boot loop. Google should have the replacement out to me within the next week.
Back in September, Google dropped an unexpected bomb on the Android community with the announcement of the Pixel C. The Pixel C would be the first Android tablet manufacturered and released by Google itself. As the announcement progressed, it became clear that this tablet would be a very high end machine that was build with productivity in mind. I like Productivity so lets see if the Pixel C can replace my primary machine for the next 2 weeks.
It has only been 2 short weeks since I replaced my primary computer with the Android Powered RemixMini PC and I am sort of torn on this one. One one hand, I am already deeply engrained into the Android ecosystem but; on the other hand, this experiment shows that Android may not be ready to be a desktop operating system. In this post, I will be giving my final thoughts about the RemixMini.
It has been over a week since I switched to using the RemixMini as my primary computer at home and I realized that I have not been providing promised updates on how it is going. I figured that now is a better time then any to provide a few updates.
I cannot deny that I love the Android Operating System and could not wait to get my hands on the RemixMini Android Powered Computer. The most exiting part of this computer is not the fact that you can buy three of these machines for the same price as a standard computer monitor but the fact that the custom build of Android used on this machine introduces something new to Android, floating windows. Over the next 2 weeks, I am going to be putting the RemixMini to the test to see if I can use it as my primary computer as trial 2 in my Unorthodox Computer Challenge.
I will be taking a week-long break on my Unorthodox Computer Challenge as I will be traveling up FOSSETCON 2015. I will resume when I get back with the next machine in the lineup – The Remix Mini PC running Android 5.1.1.
I have officially survived the first of my 10 Unorthodox PC Challenges with the Vensmile Mini PC and wanted to do a quick up and review on how the Vensmile Mini PC did over the past two weeks. This challenge was designed to test several shortcomings of mine; I normally do not use Windows as my primary operating system and I am normally used to using more powerful machines.
It is a well known fact that all work and no play make Keith a grumpy Alaskan husky. The past few weeks have been incredibly busy and as I get ready to wrap up the first of the 10 Unorthodox Computers in the Unorthodox Computer Challenge, I wanted to end on a fun note – How does the Vensmile Mini PC handle gaming?