What is a Chromebook?
A Chromebook is a budget-friendly alternative to a Windows laptop or MacBook. Chromebook runs the Linux-based Chrome OS as its operating system instead of Windows and Mac Os. Chromebooks are mostly used to perform a variety of tasks using the Google Chrome browser, with most applications and data residing in the cloud rather than on the machine itself.
• The main advantage is that they are not sensitive to viruses. When they are impacted by the virus, a simple reboot will remove the virus.
• They are very budget-friendly. Most retail for $200. They also are on sale quite often and can be purchased for $100 or even less in some cases.
• Updates are silent. No more pop-ups to update, the laptop will for the most part take care of itself.
• They are Fine lightweight making them great for traveling.
• Files are completely secure thanks to Google's 2-step confirmation as well as that most files will not be local.
• The bulk of documents are saved in the cloud, so they can be accessed from any computer with internet access.
• In the circumstance internet access is not available, they do have internal storage space.
• There are parental controls. This is often unnoticed, but the parental controls are pretty easy to set up.
• Having multiple users is more secure than other laptops. It's also very easy to establish.
• There are guest accounts and (again) they can't access your files.
• It will not take your lot of time to learn its operation, As long as you understand macOS or Windows, you should be found to operate Chrome OS.
• Chrome OS is lightweight and doesn't take much to run.
• Battery life on most Chromebooks is over 6hrs with normal use.
• Boot times are normally under 10 seconds which is faster than the boost time of laptops.
• They mostly require Internet connectivity to do things; while there are offline versions of web applications, particularly those from Google, most web applications can't perform offline
• The minimal loss thing if you've used them offline, it's nearly impossible to save your local changes without getting back online
• Cloud storage has been ruled by the Federal court to be searchable without a warrant; Google offerings are encrypted not so many other sites.
• SAAS (Software As A Service) from companies other than Google is hit and miss (but it's hit or miss with regular computers, too)
• If you want to carry media around, like music or movies for use on an airplane, rather than paying for Internet connectivity from the airline, you have to use removable storage (usually SD cards)
• Google Hangouts have a large (noticeable) latency; you go to a Google server, not point-to-point
• You're stuck with the Chrome browser; it doesn't let you do things like hiding the title bar so that you can move the cursor to the top of the page and have it drop down; you have to hide it or not
• The caps lock is left shift + right shift, rather than having a real caps lock key.
• The keyboard layout is different than what you're used to using
• almost impossible to use for point of sale or inventory: think USB drivers for things like optical scanners, card readers, and cash drawers, etc.; you won't be using Square with the things any time soon.
• No way to plug in a printer: it's cloud print, or nothing (meaning you have to have another computer somewhere, or a cloud-enabled printer).
• You can’t play Games of the latest AAA titles, for instance, as most Chromebooks don’t have the processing and GPU chops to run them. You can play games downloaded from the Google Play Store, however, these are designed exclusively for mobile devices – phones, mainly.
Is it worth buying?
Yes, certainly it is worth buying because of many reasons like they are available at an affordable price, easy to operate, you will be easily able to access Google services like Google Drive, Gmail, youtube and many other useful apps, viruses can not affect them easily and if affected can be removed with a reboot which will not take your lot of time, also comes with long battery backup, you will also be able to access your documents or files which were saved in your Chromebook even after you lost you device because it will be saved in Google accounts, but if you are a person who wants to buy a device for gaming it is not worth buying for you or if you need, you will not be able to do multimedia projects on so if you are a mass media or communication student it is not worth buying for you.
So I think it depends on your need if you are a school student who wants to use it for school projects for using google accounts, social media accounts, using YouTube or for light works, you can go for it but if for gaming, multimedia projects, heavy works you should not buy it.
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