The Chromebook is a slim, lightweight, alternative to the traditional laptop. Sure, it may have less storage and you probably won’t find the most powerful processors in a Chromebook.
But you know what? They’re great as what they do, and to that end they’re “bang for buck” is unparalleled by most if not all laptops. And nothing better exemplifies this than the best Chromebooks of 2016.
Below is breakdown of what makes Chromebooks such great computing devices.
One of the most important goals of Chromebooks was to create a cheaper alternative to models like MacBooks, which can be pricey, especially for the average student. Chromebooks, meanwhile, keep a close handle on specs and offer extra-low prices to fit into tighter budgets. We’ve seen Chromebooks as low as around $149, while the average is usually around $250 to $300.
Of course, with all the different Chromebooks and brands out there, there are some exceptions that contradict this rule. One of the primary exceptions is the Chromebook Pixel, which is one of the only high-end Chromebooks that exists. Such models negate the value component of Chromebooks, but in return you’ll ultra HD touchscreens, faster performance, and other advanced features that are more analogous to that of a laptop.
It turns out that a laptop with a focus on cloud storage instead of hard drives, no disk drive, and a smaller screen is very, very lightweight. If you plan on carrying a laptop all the time (such as from class to class) the light and compact Chromebook is going to be a lot easier to move around. Note that “portable” isn’t the same thing as “rugged” so you may also want to get a sleeve or case to protect your Chromebook from damage if it’s going on the road.
With relatively low RAM and passable processors, you may not expect a Chromebook to be fast… until you actually try one out. Chromebooks are designed to run the Chrome OS with particular efficiency. That means that basic Chrome apps or browser tools that you may already use will be optimized on a Chromebook – it’s one of the reasons that these models are so ideal for cloud computing work and Internet collaboration. It’s literally what they were built for.
Speaking of Chrome OS, if you like the Chrome browser then you’ll love the Chrome OS, which is essentially the same thing but designed to be an agile operating system that you can customize how you see fit. All the extensions in the Chrome Store are yours to play with, and there are a lot of handy apps, games, and productivity tools there.
Every Chromebook comes with some free cloud storage – about 100GB – courtesy of Google. That’s some very handy storage space, especially if you use Google Drive and any of its apps for your work.
Automated Security and Updates
This isn’t as big of a deal as it was because of the evolution of other operating systems, but it’s still nice. Google keeps on top of security and plugin updates, and automatically initiates them so you don’t have to worry about it.