What are the pros and cons of ‘Chromebooks’?

Bhakta S June 11, 2014

What are the pros and cons of ‘Chrome Books’?

Can office apps like editing a Microsoft Word document files be used? Does it cost less? And are OS upgrades free, like Linux?

What other pros and cons exist?

  1. Susendeep D
    June 12, 2014 at 10:46 am

    Editing Office files online requires you to have MS Office 365 subscription.

    Pros -

    Everything on the web so you can use sync feature to use all of your settings in other system in chrome browser.

    No bloatware preinstalled.

    Less viruses.

    Free and auto updates.

    Multiuser i.e. allows multiple users with their gmail accounts to work on same device.

    Costs less than Windows or Mac system.

    Cons -

    Not much usable in offline mode.

    Very less storage ~16 GB flash.

    Gaming limited to flash and HTML5 ones.

    Works only with Google Cloud Print supported printers.

    No Optical Drive.

    Doesn't runs professional grade softwares.

    Microsoft and Google being competitors,hence no Skype.

  2. dragonmouth
    June 11, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    The big pro of Chromebooks is that any applications you may need is provided online by Google.
    The big con of Chromebooks, at least to me, is that you can only use Google's online applications; you are locked into the Google universe.

    • Dr.sunil V
      June 13, 2014 at 4:00 pm

      hi. Thanks. Please mention few relevant lines pointing to answer with the weblinks for readers to get an overview. Regards, sunil

  3. Oron J
    June 11, 2014 at 9:09 am

    See Chris Hoffman's Excellent article "Everything You Need To Know About Switching To A Chromeboo" at //www.makeuseof.com/tag/everything-you-need-to-know-about-switching-to-a-chromebook/ . It gives a good description of the Chromebook, and some of its advantages and disadvantages.

    The most obvious disadvantages of the Chromebook are the inability to run Windows software on it and the relative lack of computing power (not that you need that power, seeing as you don't have Windows applications to run on it...). It's great for browsing, using compatible cloud-based software and most Chromebooks are very portable. They are also very secure (in terms of being virus- and hacker-proof) compared with the competition, and they require very little maintenance.

    • Dr.sunil V
      June 13, 2014 at 3:56 pm

      Thanks for MUO link about same topic. Please tell , are all chrome apps of Chrome webstore ( which can run through Chrome browser in Windows pc ) are compatible with Chrome books? If yes , are there offline office apps in Chrome webstore similar to how ms word , ms xlsx , powerpoint , pdf programs work in windows?

    • Oron J
      June 14, 2014 at 8:49 am

      The answer is yes to both questions. In fact, the current version of Google Docs, which should be bundled with all Chrome books, I supports offline editing.

      In effect , the Chrome browser is the "operating system" for Chrome apps.

  4. Dalsan M
    June 11, 2014 at 8:24 am

    Chromebooks offer a streamlined approach to users that wish to browse the internet. It is close to instant on, instant off experience as it boots up and is usable in a matter of seconds instead of at least a minute. The operating system and browsers are constantly and consistently updated with little user interaction to initiate the process. Low powered systems can run the system, so obsolete hardware can run Chrome OS effectively and efficiently. Battery life is normally quite high. There are constant updates to the app library in order to give users closer to a regular PC experience, including Google Docs web app for editing and creating documents, different games, photo editing, and many other applications. The cost of a Chromebook is lower than most other systems, and the cost of maintenance is much less.

    The downside is limited abilities when disconnected from the internet. There are some applications that can be used offline, and more applications are being offered as time goes by. If one were looking for the full offerings of a full operating system, Chrome OS is not it. Installing offline programs is not really going to happen, especially with limited storage space on most Chromebook systems. There are difficulties with viewing stored videos, especially DVD-type content, and there aren't any DVD/CD drives. Without internet connection, the Chromebook is limited in usefulness. I would consider it as a companion device to a full operating system computer or device.

    There are plenty of finer details that other commenters will chime in with, but these are the basics.

    • Dr.sunil V
      June 13, 2014 at 3:53 pm

      thank you. You mentioned -- quote -- There are some applications that can be used offline, and more applications are being offered as time goes by. -- unquote --. Please tell are there offline apps to compose , edit , save office files like docx , xls , pdf

    • Dalsan M
      June 14, 2014 at 10:29 pm

      This will help you in setting up Google Docs to allow you to edit documents offline: https://support.google.com/chromebook/answer/2809731?hl=en

      Here are other apps and things you can do offline: https://support.google.com/chromebook/answer/3214688?hl=en

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