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Consider What “Chromebook” Means
Buying a Chromebook is not as simple as finding a laptop with a Google Chrome logo on it. They are actually developed by a number of different computer manufacturers. It is better to think of a Chromebook as a laptop computer that utilize the Google Chrome Operating system. Acer, HP, Lenovo, and other hardware companies manufacture their own versions of such computers. Therefore, they come with different design specifications that benefit a particular type of user intended by the manufacturer. Of course, Google — the developers behind the Chrome operating system — has it’s own line up of Chromebooks as well. So before purchasing your next Chromebook here are a few things to consider.
Overall, the amount of Chromebook manufacturers means that there is typically one that can fit your needs. The key is to take note of what you’ll be using your device for and then do some shopping around to find the best deal.
Consider Your Chromebook’s Processor and Memory
Processing power refers to the amount of resources your computer will have to, well, compute. Memory refers to the random access storage space (RAM) and read only storage space (ROM) that your machine has available. For descriptions of how processors, RAM, and ROM work, checkout the HubbleIQ glossary pages. For now, understand that these factors really define what you will be able to do with your Chromebook. Do you use multiple applications at once? Will you be downloading graphic design applications from the Google Play store?How about downloading high resolution video games or keeping multiple tabs open on your browser? If so, then you need to have a computer that can handle these tasks without slowing down or overheating. Similarly, you need to have plenty of memory space if you’ll be saving photos, videos, and other kinds of media. Paying attention to the kind of processor and memory listed in the specs for your Chromebook is key. Google offers an i7 processor with 16GB of memory in its Pixelbook Go that would easily meet demands for most users. Similarly, the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook offers an i5 processor with 8GB memory that should do the trick.
Consider A Chromebook That Will Last
Durability often gets overlooked by consumers in exchange for getting a better price. However, it should be high on list of considerations for students, mobile workers, and families that plan to share a Chromebook as a common device. The Acer 715 is designed to to withstand the wear and tear that might be put on it by shared use. No computer should be intentionally mishandled but the 715 is built to survive being dropped and even stepped on under some loads. The 712 by Acer is another good choice for durability and comes complete with a spill-resistant keyboard. Families with littles aren’t the only ones who need durability. It’s important for students or professionals who will be traveling away from their desks to think about longevity — not just price. Remember that you generally you get what you pay for. So consider buying a high end Chromebook that is built with materials that are meant to last like the Google Pixelbook.
Consider A Reasonable Price
In speaking of getting what you pay for, Chromebook prices are reasonable for wide range of budgets. Lenovo Duet Chromebook priced at under $300 is a steal for users who need to make an economical choice. It is closer in size to a tablet but it comes with a keyboard and runs the full Chrome operating system. You can buy a Google Pixelbook Go model for $650 which provides a lot of power and style for its price point as well. Of course the better the specs, the higher the price point. For instance, the sleek and powerful standard Google Pixelbook will cost around $1000 and it comes with and i7 processor and up to 16 gigs of RAM. It is also built with good material and should last several years. Overall, the amount of Chromebook manufacturers means that there is typically one that can fit your needs. The key is to take note of what you’ll be using your device for and then do some shopping around to find the best deal.