by Tom Callaghan
Is the Chromebook the new best laptop? Chromebooks are slowly seeping into schools and becoming the new norm. The budget price for performance is unmatched by any other laptop. The battery on a Chromebook is amazing compared to many other laptops. You can buy a Chromebook with almost any size and color for less than $400. This is the perfect laptop for people that have a sluggish old computer and just want to check Facebook, email, and want to surf the internet.
What is a Chromebook? A Chromebook is a lightweight laptop designed for people that spend a lot or all of their time on the internet. Chromebooks support having multiple people using the same Chromebook and are very secure. Chromebooks typically come in 11.6, 13, 14, and 15.6-inch screens. You can get a Chromebook at any technology store with many name brand companies producing them like Dell, HP, Acer, Samsung, Lenovo, and many others.
What are the biggest advantages to buying a Chromebook? The biggest advantage to buying a Chromebook is the price. They range from $300-$400 but you can buy some as low as $250. The Chromebooks speed is very quick due to it having an SSD or Solid state drive. Solid state drives are combining RAM technology with hard drives, removing the spinning disks thereby making it have a lot more speed. A Chromebook’s battery is a big draw to students because it can last you the entire school day. Another draw to students is the weight of the Chromebook which varies from about 3-4 pounds. Having the massive backpacks that we all do, bringing around a lightweight laptop is a fantastic draw.
What are the biggest disadvantages to buying a Chromebook? For many teachers and workers, they don’t like Chromebooks because it doesn’t have Microsoft on it. There are apps that you can get in the Chrome Store that make a connection with your home computer and use it remotely. Another thing that many people don’t like is the amount of storage on a Chromebook. Typically a Chromebook only has about 32 gigabytes of storage on a hard drive, which is equivalent to a decent flash drive. Finally, there is no compatibility with a lot of programs that you would want to use on a Chromebook and can’t. For a Windows user you can find a copy for a download of any program on the internet within seconds, but from Chrome it is impossible.
So is it worth it to buy a Chromebook? Personally, I would say for a student who needs a laptop for school, yes. If you are anyone who needs more power on your computer or Microsoft then no, a Chromebook is not for you. It is lightweight, cheap, and easy to use making it perfect for even the most tech illiterate people. Overall it is a great bang-for-your-buck purchase that will last you years.