Is the Chromebook any good?

David F February 18, 2014
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Is Chromebook any good? What are the advantages of it over a regular laptop? Anything wrong with it?

  1. Dave P
    February 20, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    I own a Chromebook and use it 90% of the time. Most of the articles I write for MakeUseOf are written on it, and the images edited on it (using PicMonkey).

    They won't be for everybody, but if the first thing you do when you turn on your PC is go online then a Chromebook may be for you. I'd certainly recommend them over tablets if you do any serious amount of typing. They're cheap, light, and extremely portable; the SSD models being similar in size to a MacBook Air (but a quarter of the price).

  2. Oron J
    February 19, 2014 at 12:00 am

    Chromebook is a concept, and there are many Chromebooks about. Some will be better than others. However, on the software side, the advantages of Chromebook are clear:
    Security: since the system is updated and maintained by Google, you always have the latest security updates, antivirus protection etc, automatically.
    Maintenance: there is only one true local application - the browser. Everything else comes from the cloud (even if it has offline editing capabilities). This means there's no need to install, update, configure, maintain... At the same time, the latest software options and updates are available to you.
    Another less tangible yet important benefit is that it does not require a lot of horse power, and will never do, so the computer will continue to be usable for a good number of years, unlike many Windows laptops which
    In other words, it's the closest we've come yet to Steve Jobs' "toaster" (he allegedly briefed the original Mac design team to make a computer which will be "like a toaster").

    On the downside, it's not as capable as an ordinary laptop, the range of software for it is is limited and it is limited in power. Support for local devices (cameras, printers, scanners etc) is limited at best. And, build quality so far has not always been good (although I suppose the same can be said for Windows laptops...).

    Chris Hoffman wrote a good review of Chromebooks at MakeUseOf:

    • David
      February 19, 2014 at 12:34 am

      Thank you for your informative reply.