Here’s some add-ons that I think you’ll find very useful if you’ve got or are about to buy a Chromebook.
USB 3.0 hub with network connection
At work we use USB to network adapters with Surface Pro’s because they don’t have a network port on them. These nifty little adapters allow you to use a USB port to add a network connection to your device.
On Chromebooks these adapters are perfect for large downloads, file transfers like photos and videos and great for streaming. While searching for one I came across the Anker 3 Port USB 3.0 and Ethernet Hub. It not only is a network adapter but also has a USB 3.0 port included in an elegant aluminium package.
I brought this because it’s portable, useful, stylish and universally compatible with all my devices. In a nutshell it’s an easy way to add a wired network connection and 3 USB 3.0 ports to my Chromebook.
Compact USB 3.0 Flash Drive
Once you’ve installed Linux on your Chromebook you’ll be left with about 9GB of usable space on the internal drive. At some point you’ll need more space and this ultra compact USB 3.0 drive is an excellent option.
With this drive you get speeds of up to 150MB/s.
Check out the SanDisk Ultra Fit USB Flash Drive.
Class 10 SD Card
With a dedicated SD card you can leave it permanently in the slot. SD cards are slower but this Sandisk Extreme one is one of the faster ones.
In my case I already have a class 10 microSD card with adapter that I use, but if you are buying a new one, I would highly recommend the SanDisk Extreme SDHC card. It is capable of speeds of up to 90 MB/s and comes in capacities ranging from 16GB to a massive 256GB.
The class indicates the speed of the card with class 10 being the fastest. So if you’re wondering why SD cards vary so much in price, check the class of the card.
Let me know if there is any tech you would recommend to make your Chromebook better.