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January 9, 2015

Chromebook – Looks like a laptop, feels like a laptop

chromebook-c720-forward-angle-640x493Over the last couple of week or so, friends have been asking me about the Chromebook.
Is it a good a buy?
What is the difference from a windows pc?
And plenty of other questions. Well below I’ve tried to answer most if not all of them with links to several sites giving more information.

The Chromebook is a new type of computer designed to get you on the web as quickly as possible. They’re faster, simpler, and more secure than traditional computers. If you’re the kind of person to do everything online, a Chromebook will help you stay connected and get more out of the web. Other features that make them an improvement on traditional computers. Back on June 15, 2011, the “Chromebooks” came onto the consumer market from Samsung, and then Acer shipped in July.

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What makes Chromebooks different?

  • Here are some things to keep in mind, if you’re considering whether a Chromebook is right for you:

All your work is done in a browser.

  • Send mail, edit photos, create documents — you can do all of these activities in the browser, thanks to thousands of apps on the web. There’s no complicated software to install.

All your stuff is saved on the web.

  • Everything — your apps, documents, settings — are all stored safely on the web, and not on the device. So you’ll have constant access to your stuff even if you’re using another computer.

You can surf the web anytime, anywhere.

  • Chromebooks connect quickly to your preferred wireless or wired networks. Some Chromebook models also come with built-in mobile broadband access, so you can get online anywhere you can make a phone call.

Chromebooks start up fast and last all day long.

  • Chromebooks start up quickly and resume instantly from sleep. Your favorite websites load quickly, with full support for the latest web standards and Adobe Flash. Last but not least, you don’t need to worry about power because the battery lasts all day.

Your device will always be up-to-date.

  • Each time you turn your Chromebook on, it automatically updates itself with the latest features, hardware and system updates, and antivirus software.

You can safely share your device, not your information.

  • People can sign in with their own Google Accounts on your device to access their own Chrome apps, bookmarks, and settings. Or they can browse the web as a guest, without signing in. Either way, your personal files are never accessible outside your account.

You are protected by built-in security.

  • Each webpage and application you visit runs in a restricted environment. So visiting one page that’s been infected with something malicious can’t affect anything else on your computer.

You won’t need that much RAM.

  • Since you won’t have client apps to manage, you don’t need that much RAM–everything you’re doing is taken care of by super fast and super secure supercomputers.

Under the hood: The Chrome operating system

  • All Chromebooks are powered by the Google Chrome operating system, which has been developed to provide a fast, simple, and more secure computing experience for people who spend most of their time on the web.

If you’re a web developer, you may want to explore Chromium OS, the open-source version of the operating system. Find out more about the project at http://www.chromium.org/chromium-os

Chrome OS

Telling the story of Google Chrome and how it inspired an operating system. Produced by Epipheo Studios. Sign up to get updates about Google Chrome OS: More info: http://www.chromium.org

Next steps

  • Visit the Chromebook website to learn more about available features. There, you’ll find information on purchasing a device.
  • If you use a Chromebook as part of an organization, such as at work or school, it might be managed by your network administrator. Learn more about managed Chromebooks

.Chrome OS Guided Tour

Chromebook: The (always) new computer

You can also visit Meet the Chromebook over on Google.co.uk

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Dave Thornton

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Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini