Google has introduced a new product called the Chromebook, which runs on the Chrome OS. Essentially the Chromebook is a netbook that simply allows you to access the Internet. Rather than have data storage and extra programs, Chromebook gives you just the basics – the web. With cloud computing becoming a lot more popular for business and personal use, it makes sense that a product like the Chromebook would be useful. If all your data is stored on the cloud, all you need is something to give you access to. Everything else is just frills. The Chromebook is a no-frills way to bring the cloud with you wherever you go. But is it worth it? Do you really want a device that does less? Maybe you do. Simplicity is much sought-after in the digital age. The Chromebook is the epitome of simplicity for your electronic devices. But should you get one? Here are some of the pros and cons to Google’s Chromebook.

Pros

  • It’s Quick

A Chromebook will boot up in a total of eight seconds. That’s light years faster than most computers, and even most tablets and smart phones.

  • Protected

Because there is basically nothing on the Chromebook except a Linux kernel that runs processes, you don’t have to worry about viruses – they have nothing to infect. But there is data encryption and sandboxing to further protect you.

  • Long-Lasting Battery

There aren’t a lot of applications or features running on your Chromebook to suck your battery dry. Even with continual use of a Chromebook, the battery will last six to eight hours.

  • Lightweight

The Chromebook weighs only three pounds.

  • Wireless Broadband

You can connect to the Internet via Wi-Fi, or tap into the 3G or 4G network.

  • Automatically Updated

You don’t have to worry about downloading updates because Chromebook will do it automatically.

  • Guest Mode

You can log in and access your data and files on any device running Chrome OS.

  • Easy to Use

Since it is basically just an Internet browser, the Chromebook is very user-friendly and easy for everyone to use.

Cons

  • Requires Internet Connection

Because everything is stored in the cloud rather than on the actual device, if your Chromebook is not connected to the Internet you won’t be able to access any of your files.

  • Compatibility

You can’t run any Windows applications on the Chrome OS.

  • Google Storage

All of your data will be stored on Google’s cloud. You therefore are entrusting all your files to Google. If you’re okay with that, then don’t worry. But it’s certainly something to consider.

  • Gaming

You can’t really use the Chromebook for gaming, except to play online versions.

  • Cost

The cost of a Google Chromebook starts at $349. This is comparable to other similar products on the market, but it is still a significant investment. Is it worth it to you to pay that much for a device that essentially only lets you access the Internet?

Ultimately you will have to decide if the Chromebook is right for you. And only time will tell if this Google venture will end up being characterized as a great success or utter failure.

 

Terry Ford writes about technology and edits her work using Grammarly grammar checker. If you need to have a quick point of reference to ensure your writing style is top notch visit English grammar rules.

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