Monday, 20 August 2012

Why you would ever need a Chromebook...

Google Chrome is officially the most used Internet browser, taking over Internet Explorer earlier this year. It is quick, easy to use and has apps for iPad and iPhone so you can sync your tabs and favourites.
However if you want the full Google Chrome experience for a debate-ably reasonable price, you can spend £279 on a Chromebook.
The Chromebook is a thin laptop, or if you want to add your own monitor you can get the Chromebox (they both do exactly the same thing).
You turn it on and in a matter of seconds you are straight to the main page which is Google Chrome. That is it, it doesn't have a disk drive so if you want any sort of software, you need to download it from the Chrome store.
The Chrome store is surprisingly good though with games like angry birds to useful tools like an automatic Google Mail checker. Some of the apps have even had over 10 million downloads.
Microsoft Office is not needed because you have Google Drive (previously Google Docs) where you can make documents, spreadsheets, presentations, forms and much, much more. What makes Google Drive unique is that you can work on the same document as someone else at the same time. Google Drive is also really simple to use.
The Chromebook also comes with more of Google's best services available as apps like Google Maps, Google Translate, G-mail and Google+.
This is all very good however all of those features are available for Google Chrome on any computer. You don't need a Chromebook to get to the Chrome Web Store. You just need to download Google Chrome on your Windows PC or Mac.
If you have a Windows PC or Mac it means that you can be disconnected from the Internet, your operating system still works perfectly fine. A Chromebook though, is built around the Internet so when you are offline it only gives you assess to some of its apps and features.
Also, if you have a PC or Mac, you can have Microsoft Office or any other software which is on a disk.
Unfortunately, Chromebook's have a compatibility issue with USB sticks because most off the stuff you save onto them isn't supported on Chromebook's.
The more you look into Chromebook's, the less they seem appealing, the only exceedingly good thing about Chromebook's is that they can never get a computer virus but apart from that, any other computer is better. You will be paying more for a Windows PC or a Mac however you will get a lot more for your money.