You may or may not have heard about the new chromebooks. Basically, these are laptops that only run Google Chrome, a web browser. You turn them on, and you are presented with a web browser and off you go. No programs to install, no antivirus to update (I worry about this). For a casual user, who only browses the web, this might be ideal. But know that if you need to do ANYTHING that isn’t web based you’ll be out of luck. Now that being said, there is a tremendous amount of things you can do. Google Docs for example lets you have a full office productivity suite for free. You can still print and watch YouTube videos, as well as play your silly Facebook game that you may or may not be ashamed to play (god knows I’m guilty). While you don’t have to be connected to the internet all the time, there are limits to what you can do without an internet connection.

 

Pros:

  • Fast bootup
  • Automatic updating of applications
  • Simple to use

 

Cons:

  • Cannot install applications
  • Requires internet access for most functions
  • Can’t edit photos without first uploading to another service and editing it on the web
  • Limited hard drive

 

Conclusion: If you are a casual user that never installs applications, you’ll like the simplicity of a chromebook. But average users will be left wanting more. If it’s a small light computer you are in the market for, consider a netbook instead.

 

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