About

Welcome to About Chromebooks, a site devoted to Chromebooks! Why does this site exist?

The main reason is that outside of a few outliers, there are relatively few online resources devoted solely to Chromebooks. Most sites also cover other devices and platforms, making it hard to find the Chromebooks news, views, reviews and “how tos” you might care about. Additionally, many online resources focus solely on the consumer side, which is important, but neglects Chromebooks in the education and business spaces.

About Chromebooks exists to change that.

This isn’t my first rodeo when it comes to Chromebooks. 😉

I began covering them online with the first Chromebook in 2010 — anyone still have a Cr-48? — at Gigaom and later at ZDNet through 2016.

While at Gigaom, I also co-hosted a weekly podcast called the “Chrome Show” for nearly three years.

I then worked at Google for 18 months, supporting the company’s Chrome for Work team, which just happened to be next to the Chrome for EDU group. Suffice it to say, I’ve immersed myself in Chromebooks since that very first one launched and have personally used dozens of different models.

My goal here is to become your daily resource for all things Chromebook. Not just news or reviews of devices and the platform, but also a place where you can learn more about how to do just about anything with a Chromebook. In fact, if you’ve got a question, I’ll try to find an answer for you in the form of a Q&A post so that we all get a little smarter together.

Oh and one more thing: I’m a huge fan of reader comments because About Chromebooks isn’t just a site to read what I have to say. It’s a place for the community to have a conversation. So don’t hesitate to disagree with my opinions; I’m all for it as long as we have a constructive discussion! 🙂

With that, I hope you enjoy the site and more importantly, you learn how to get the most out of your Chromebook for personal work, school, business… or all of the above!

Disclosures

  • I don’t do “paid” reviews. Any product I review is my opinion and it will be made clear if the product was supplied by a company (in which case, I will return the product except for some long term review situations) or if I purchased the product with my own money.
  • I may include ads from Amazon, Google and others because the reality is that I have to pay the bills. 😉 I will attempt to make such ads as non-obtrusive and as relevant as possible when I can.
  • I may solicit sponsors for the site, in which case, I may remove all other ads during the sponsorship run. Sponsors that aren’t relevant to the site audience won’t be considered.
  • I do not and will not directly hold any individual stocks for any companies that I cover. Some of my third-party managed investments (mutual funds and ETFs) may purchase or sell shares in such companies but I have no control or influence over those actions.

Contact Information:

  • Email: [email protected]
  • Twitter: @kevinctofel
  • Phone: 262-KCTOFEL
  • Address for reviews and other materials: 317 Manor Road, Harleysville, PA 19438

Site sponsorship information:

  • Contact: andrew (at) aboutchromebooks.com

22 thoughts on “About

    • April 5, 2018 at 10:20 am
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      Thank you sir!

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  • April 7, 2018 at 7:05 pm
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    Glad to see this site. Really miss the old Chrome Show.

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  • April 9, 2018 at 3:17 pm
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    Good luck Kevin – great to see more sites dedicated to our favourite platform!

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  • April 10, 2018 at 8:40 am
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    I was very happy to see this site. I was a huge fan of your prior chromebook podcast and am a current fan of your iOT and Mobile Tech Round Up podcasts. You are one of the most insightful, worthwhile tech journalists and podcasters on the internet.

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    • April 10, 2018 at 8:41 am
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      Wow, thanks much for the kind words, Philip!

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  • April 13, 2018 at 3:15 am
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    Glad to see your back with a great informative website Kevin! I have been following your reviews since JKonthrun. Added to my favorite bookmarks… Looking forward to some great information on Chromebooks.

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  • May 3, 2018 at 7:02 pm
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    Ola Kevin! Glad I found this site—I really enjoyed your Chrome Show podcast back in the day. Any chance you’ll be doing another podcast?

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    • May 3, 2018 at 7:04 pm
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      Thanks, Aaron! I’m taking the new site step by step and if I think there’s a viable audience for a new podcast (and I have the time to do it), I’ll definitely start a new version up. 🙂

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      • May 3, 2018 at 7:30 pm
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        Thanks for the reply Kevin. Looks like you’re off to a great start here; looking forward to watching the site grow.

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      • May 13, 2018 at 5:22 pm
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        +1 for the new Chrome Show podcast.

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  • May 24, 2018 at 6:55 am
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    Just made aware of this site ny TWIG. Looking for some great opinions, insights, INTERESTING news, tips and tricks. Don’t try and be another ‘Story’ or 9′-2-5′ – be uniquely indispensable!
    Cheers!
    ps – Get your podcast on the best – PocketCast – please.

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    • May 24, 2018 at 1:24 pm
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      Appreciate the kind words and thoughts! Which podcast do you mean? Both of the ones I do today (The IoT Podcast and MobileTechRoundup) are both on PC last I checked. I used to do the Chrome Show podcast at a former employer but don’t currently do a Chrome podcast; thinking about it though!

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  • July 18, 2018 at 2:05 pm
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    Thanks for creating this site, Kevin. I’ve only known you from TWIT shows prior to now, but I’m a big fan of Chromebooks and have gone Chromebook/Chromebox-only in my small business except for one PC to run Quickbooks and a couple other things (it’s always something). Going Chrome-only has gone from painful 2-3 years ago, to mildly discomforting now. But it’s better than running Windows, at least for me. No maintenance required, no 5 minute boot ups and constant need for rebooting & troubleshooting problems, etc.

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  • July 23, 2018 at 9:34 pm
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    Hey Kevin, heard you on Twit and love the blog!

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    • July 23, 2018 at 9:44 pm
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      Hey, thanks for kind words, Matt! Appreciate it!

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  • August 5, 2018 at 3:22 pm
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    Hi – Kevin – I hear you on Leo Laporte’s TWIG show occasionally. I’m sure this is not the place to ask my question, but can’t find on the website where else I should ask it. I have had several Chromebooks, current one described this way: “ASUS Chromebook Flip C302CA-DH54 12.5-inch Touchscreen Convertible Chromebook Intel Core m5, 4GB RAM, 64GB Flash Storage, All-Metal Body, USB Type C, Corning Gorilla Glass, Chrome OS.” It is currently running version 67.0.3396.99. It is fast, lovely, and capable. However, I seem to be unable to use Android apps to connect to music files on either an SD card or on a USB drive. I can play the music using the very rudimentary Chrome music app, but I had been looking forward to using the Android Pulsar App or the Black app. I’m beginning to think that this must be problem that the Google teams have not yet caught up to. What do you think?

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  • November 1, 2018 at 2:20 pm
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    I work in education, and need to be able to lock the internet with only 2 or 3 sites open. Why does chrome not give us this feature?

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  • November 7, 2018 at 10:33 pm
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    Just found this site after Chrome Unboxxed mentioned your name in the Android Studio/Crostini gpu news. I thought: “Kevin Tofel….that name sounds familiar…”

    Remember you from Way back in the jkOntheRun days. Nice to see you have a new venture!

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    • November 7, 2018 at 10:38 pm
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      Thanks for the kind words and for reading my stuff for so long! 😁

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