Google is the king of the Silicon Valley and it was only a matter of time before they got into personal computers. Will the release last year of the Chromebook, they have. To be clear, Google doesn’t actually make the computers but just the operating system which is the Chrome OS. Many of the brands that you know and trust are making computers with the Chrome OS. The particular model that I purchased last year was the Samsung Series 3 Chromebook with a 11.6 inch screen. If you are into gaming or a complete digital media experience, the Chromebook isn’t for you. It doesn’t have a high end graphics card or top of the line speakers but it can accomplish most of what people want to do in a convenient little package.
Laptop computers have been decreasing in price for a while now and the Chromebook is now one of the cheapest options. My Samsung model was $249 brand new and it wasn’t even the cheapest model. Acer makes one that is only $200. The main reason for this price is the lack of a hard drive. Most Chromebooks have a small flash memory drive and most items are stored on Google’s Drive. Cloud drives are the wave of the future and many companies will follow Google into this arena as Microsoft already has.
Like most new operating systems, viruses haven’t been developed for Chrome yet. When viruses are developed, Google has built in virus protection.
This machine is nearly as light as most tablets. It is small and very easy to handle with one hand. It would be great for students or anybody else who is on the move.
The Chromebook comes with automatic updates and requires little to no maintenance. It comes with the complete Google App package which is comparable to Microsoft Office. It may take a little time to get used to the slight differences but once you do, the Chromebook can do most anything that other computers can.
Unless you are a gamer or a movie-maker, the Google Chromebook would be a great purchase as your next laptop. It is light, versatile, and cutting edge.