There are huge varieties of laptops and tablets out there to meet everyone’s needs. This year, you may be thinking it’s time to upgrade your old clunker to something a little more streamlined. If you’ve heard talk about Chromebooks and had a chance to glance at the price tag, you might be very interested indeed. Lightweight and designed for speedy internet access, a Chromebook can meet the needs for many who spend a large amount of their time and do a lot of work from the internet. But there are a few things you’ll need to prepare for and get adjusted to before you make the plunge. Have you ever used Google’s Chrome browser before? Do you use any heavy software that you won’t be able to fit into a Chromebook? How often do you Skype? Google doesn’t allow that Microsoft-owned program on their computers. Really weigh out the pros and cons of a Chromebook based on your situation before you make the investment.
How Much of Your Computer Time is Internet Based?
Chromebooks are designed for Internet Usage get the most out of your Chromebook, that is going to have to be your primary function when you get on your computer, and almost your sole function. Part of their inexpensive price tag comes from the fact that there simply isn’t enough room on the little guys for massive programs like heavy duty photo editing or gaming. Your documents and photos will be stored in the Google cloud, and your new office software will be Google Docs. If you’re only using your laptop to browse the internet, then a Chromebook is perfect. If you’ve got a lot of other things going on, you may need to reconsider.
Look at Your Budget
Chromebooks, with few exceptions, tend to be exceptionally cheap compared to other laptops due to their limited functionality. If price is a top concern of yours and you’re willing to sacrifice some functionality, so be it – this may be just what you’re looking for. They’re designed for speed, not to hold much, so naturally they have a much lower price than competing devices. Dropping a Chromebook on the floor and watching it break into pieces would be heartbreaking, but not as much as watching a multi thousand dollar Macbook do the same thing. Not to mention, since all of your files will be saved in a cloud, you don’t have to worry so much about backing everything up. If your computer stops working, a sibling gets a hold of it and does some serious damage, or you spill your drink, you won’t have to mourn anything but the small investment you put into the laptop. Determine if the price is worth the limitations for you, and if so, you may have found your perfect device.
An Internet Connection Will Be Vital
In case this hasn’t become clear yet, having an Internet connection almost all the time while using a Chromebook is going to be very important, so make sure you’re set up for that. Not only will you need a connection to, obviously, get to the Internet, you’ll need it for most all of your apps to function. Because you’ll be using Google Drive, even your word processor, Google Docs, will require the Internet to open. Make sure if you’re thinking about purchasing a Chromebook for yourself, that you’ll have access to Wi-Fi everywhere you plan on using it. If for some reason that isn’t feasible, a Chromebook probably isn’t the right device for you.
Before making your purchase, make sure you weigh out all the pros and cons of getting yourself a Chromebook. Will it be your only device? Your most important? Can you handle not being able to install programs for photo editing, video editing, online chat, or gaming? Chromebooks only work out well for a very specific target audience, so make sure you’re part of that audience before you jump on the Chromebook bandwagon.