Car vs. Chromebook

One night last December, I walked out to my car carrying some recently cleaned clothes and a Chromebook. I set my Chromebook on top of my car while I was hanging up the clothes. As I set the computer down, I thought to myself, “Wouldn’t it be funny if I drove away with the Chromebook still on top of my car? That would be the Googler equivalent of leaving a coffee mug on a car roof.” I think you know where this is going.

I drove to dinner, and after I parked, I looked for my Chromebook to hide it away. I couldn’t find it. I knew what had happened. I actually never found the Chromebook that night, but a few days later I was notified that a coworker had found it and turned it in. The bottom had a bunch of scratches, but I didn’t see any cracks.

Bottom of a laptop with scratches.

And the top didn’t look bad at all:

Lid of closed black laptop

But when I opened it up, I saw this:

Broken LCD screen

Busted. For those who are curious, I’ve documented the entire recovery procedure below:

  1. Turn in broken Chromebook to the Chrome OS team. Mention something about a “durability test.”
  2. Receive new Chromebook.
  3. Sign in.

Total data loss: Zero.
Total pride loss: A bit.

Steps 1 and 2 are admittedly Googler-specific, but Chromebooks can be really inexpensive, so the financial loss is a lot less than it’d be with a different laptop. Overall, I’d say that if you can, avoid driving with your laptop on top of your car. There’s a good chance that it will get damaged. But if you do have to do it, use a Chromebook. Just don’t throw it in a river.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *