What’s a Good Alternative to Windows PCs?

I’m always asked about which computer to buy. Which is the cheapest? The most secure? The easiest to use?

Well, I have a question for you? What do you know about Chromebooks?

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These lightweight computing devices operate using the Chrome Operating System and the Chrome browser — both made by Google.

Do they make sense for every business? No, they don’t.  But for some, they can be a good choice.

 

Why are Chromebooks a popular choice

  • They are inexpensive when you compare them to a traditional computer or laptop.
  • The Chrome operating system although made as a stripped down version of the Linux Operating system it is very stable and speedy.
  • Chromebooks are compact and light, and that makes them quite easy to take with you wherever you go.
  • Chromebooks rely on programs that run in the browser versus being machine installed and that limits the risk of malware and viruses infecting your device.
  • Chromebooks do not run software natively which lowers the cost of operating and supporting them.
  • They integrate seamlessly with Google’s G Suite
  • Chromebooks provide an excellent choice for browser-based entertainment or employment tasks.
  • They usually have great battery life! Most will run for 10 hours on a single charge.

 

And the Drawbacks

They do have some drawbacks that you should be aware of before jumping in…

  • Some Microsoft Office functionalities are not available on Chromebooks.
  • Chromebooks do not make sense as a multimedia platform as they are not robust enough to run these applications.
  • You must plan before working off-line with a Chromebook. They are primarily useful when online.
  • They are not robust enough for use as a gaming platform.
  • Only specific software is available, so make sure that software that you depend on will work before jumping to this platform.
  • If you don’t trust Google with your data, you shouldn’t trust a Chromebook.

 

What are this years best Chromebooks?  Well, that depends on the price you want.

At the most basic level, the best manufacturer to consider is Acer’s Chromebooks. If your computing needs are not particularly demanding, then you should think hard about an entry-level Chromebook.

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Acer Chromebook 11

11.6-inch Display
HD
4GB Memory
16GB Storage

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Acer Chromebook 11 Convertible

11.6-inch Display
HD, Touchscreen
4GB Memory
32GB Storage

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ASUS Chromebook C202SA

11.6-inch Display
HD, Anti-Glare
4GB Memory
16GB Storage

The next step up will get you faster hardware, larger screen and more storage. Additionally you will get features like backlit keyboards and USB-S connectivity and charging.

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ASUS Chromebook Flip C302CA

12.5-inch Display
Full HD, Touchscreen
4GB Memory
64GB Flash Storage

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ASUS Chromebook Flip C213SA

11.6-inch Display
HD, Touchscreen
4GB Memory
32GB Flash Storage

However, if you are committed to the Chrome OS platform and are ready to pay more, then consider the Google Pixelbooks Chromebook. These are high-end, well crafted, compact convertible models that are robust, quick and designed beautifully but will cost you quite a bit more. They include a glass clickpad and a high resolution screen and now offer pen support basically all the feature that you would expect from a high-end computer.

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Google Pixelbook

12.3-inch Display
Intel Core i5
8GB Memory
128GB SSD

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Google Pixelbook

12.3-inch Display
Intel Core i7
16GB Memory
512GB Storage

You can also check out Best Buy for more budget options on Chromebooks.

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