The Chrome Box

Chrome Box

The Chrome Box do you really need anything else? This is one of those inventions that when I first seen it demoed some years ago I thought who would want that? But after working with one and finding out that it does almost 98% of what people do on a full computer I now know that it will work for most of you reading this. As computer users we spend almost 98% of our time on the Internet just watch how much time you spend during the day using e-mail and browsing the web. Even our calendar programs are online. I use Ever Note for all of my note taking needs and when I use their web based version it feels just like being in the desktop program. I am writing this post using a web browser while connected to the Internet. And the applications are endless. I have found photo editing apps, I will admit they are not as robust as Photoshop but they will get the job done. And what ever you do on the Chrome Box will be saved like magic in the cloud, so when you log onto a Chrome Book all of your work is there waiting for you to access it. And the price $189.00 for the Chrome Box, it does not come with a monitor a keyboard and a mouse but those can be picked up cheap. I have met teachers buying these for their desks just to have another computer to use through the day. You can even use Microsoft Office programs online just as you would the desktop programs. So you say what is the draw back? NONE! The Chrome devices are fast, the laptops batteries last up to 16 hours and these devices start up in less then 5 seconds. I would say pick up a Chrome device today and free yourself from the growing high price of computing.

Chrome Cast

You have a smart phone or a tablet, or maybe you have a computer and thought it would be nice to be able to show your You Tube videos on your large screen in the family room.

Now you can and for as little as $35.00! Meet the Chrome Cast, it is a little device that plugs into on of your TV’s HDMI inputs and then you plug it into a electrical outlet and you are almost ready. The last step is to put it on your network. Basically you set it up on your wireless in your house. Download the app for the smart phone or tablet and you are ready to do some viewing. If you want to show something from the computer, you need to install the Chrome browser and then add the extension. Don’t worry this is easy to do.

I received a Chrome Cast for my birthday. I took it out of the box and had it casting and ready for content in about 15 minutes and this is just because I had to allow it to update.

The Chrome Cast device is still young. It will just keep getting better, and will allow you to cast even more content to the device. From what I have seen so far you can send to the device, Net Flix, Hulu, Pandora, Plex Streaming, You Tube. There are a few others on the screen that I never heard of so I won’t report it here. I have even talked to some non tech people and they connected it and learned how to use it with ease and they said they love it. Some people have more then one and have them in all of their rooms with TV’s.

Chrome Cast