A laptop is an essential item in this day and age. Whether you are a day trader and you need the portability and speed of a laptop to make your trades at dire times or you are a student needing to access information and submit assignments on time, it affects your ability to be successful in what you do. Thus, choosing a laptop that is efficient and reliable is a priority. However, money is not something we all have in unlimited supply and these desirable attributes in a laptop are something that comes with a price tag–or so we are thought to believe.
While we all wish to have a macbook, which don’t get me wrong is an incredible machine, the thousand dollar price tag may be a little out of our price range. But don’t fret, there is an alternative in the market. That alternative, the answer to your prayers, is the line of Chromebooks. Chromebooks are lightweight and cloud based device that operate on a Google operating system. While traditional laptops operate based off of their own hardware and memory, Chromebooks operate through the internet and thus are not weighed down by their own operations. Because of this, Chromebooks are lighter and operate quicker.
But here is the best news. Chromebooks can be attained for at the most 300 dollars, and often are as cheap as 100 dollars. Don’t take this to mean they are made with low quality parts or will break quickly, it simply is a new approach to laptop development that allows these manufacturers to create a machine with the same capabilities as the laptops we know, without the extra hardware to lag it down.
There are a wide variety of Chromebooks available on the market that may confuse you. This is because although they are all supported by Google, they are manufactured by different companies and thus they offer different characteristics. Whether you choose a Chromebook built by HP, Toshiba, Samsung, Asus, or Acer you may pay a slightly different price and experience some different characteristics. An Asus or Acer Chromebook for example will come at the lowest price however it may lack characteristics such as an LCD display and HDMI port which you can get in an HP Chromebook. No matter which you choose however, you are getting far more bang for your buck than if you choose a Mac.
Before you run out and buy a Chromebook however be sure that you do not fall into one of the following categories: little or no access to internet, hardcore gamer, photoshop or movie editor. Since the Chromebook operates so in tune with the cloud, it becomes somewhat useless if internet is not available. Furthermore, it can not handle the extreme demands of online gaming and content editing. If your computing demands are at this level, Chromebooks have not yet attained the capabilities to meet your demands, however I suspect they will be able to in the near future.
My recommendation of which Chromebook to buy. I personally use the HP Chromebook 14 and love it. The display is unbelievable for a laptop of this price and it is the quickest and most efficient laptop I have ever owned. If you are looking for a more lightweight alternative, Samsung makes a great Chromebook and is coming out with a new model soon. This model has an 11 inch screen as opposed to the 14 inch of HPs. While a Chromebook isn’t the best option for absolutely everybody, I believe it is capable of meeting the computing demands of the vast majority of the population. The next time you are in the market to purchase a new laptop, make sure you don’t rule out Chromebooks, they might just be exactly what you are looking for.