Folks, we need to talk about Chromebooks. With Prime Day just around the corner, it’s time. Really.
We understand that. It took some of us forever to warm up to the idea of a Chromebook. With Windows and macOS laptops dominating the market, there may seem to be very little to gain from running a Chromebook, since Chrome OS is hardly as robust as an Apple MacBook Air or a Microsoft Surface Go – but you is wrong.
With so much of today’s most popular software moving to the cloud, there are fewer and fewer reasons why many people are investing heavily in a laptop that is more powerful than they really need.
For many, it is important to have the LED-illuminated Apple logo on the lid, even if all they do is stream movies and blog through WordPress. But it is a very expensive proposition for many people who really do not need to invest that kind of money.
The biggest stumbling block for Chromebooks in most people is their ignorance of the system, and if you̵
But this is not your older sibling Chrome OS. It’s come a long way in the last decade, so if you’ve had a bad experience with a Chromebook in the past (which we certainly did), it’s time to give it a fresh look. It has become much, much more than just a fancy machine that connects to Google Docs.
Chrome OS has come a long way, making Chromebooks more robust than ever
In the early days, Chromebooks were really just a fancy way to access Google’s suite of cloud apps and little else. But with its integrated Chrome browser and the acceleration of services that move from your local hard drive to the cloud, Chromebooks can do just about any everyday task you want to use an older system for, and in many ways they can do better.
Because Chrome OS is built to be lightweight and efficient, online apps that suffer from older OS overhead work surprisingly well on Chrome OS with little, if any, loss of performance – although Chromebooks typically use lower quality hardware than Windows or MacOS laptops.
And since almost all web apps are system diagnostic – they do not care what operating system you run, they will still work the same way no matter what – you do not have to sacrifice anything in the way of software compatibility for most apps you probably use every single day.
In addition, with the fast-growing Google Play Store – already the largest app market in the world – the number of downloadable, offline apps you can use is growing by the hour.
For us computer science tech heads, there is even more to love with the introduction of a downloadable virtual Linux kernel and command line interface. Although that kind of thing is quite a niche, it’s a big deal for us command line commands – you know who you are.
You can even get decent games on a Chromebook through Google Play. You’re not going to be able to play Doom Eternal or anything, but it’s portable games-laptops. Do you want something to entertain you on a flight or a long car trip? You have Chromebooks covered.
Chromebooks have always been a great bargain – they will be even better on Prime Day
The biggest selling point of a Chromebook has always been just that price. Even the most advanced Chromebook devices with serious laptop-class hardware are drastically cheaper than their Windows and macOS counterparts, so you can expect some excellent Chromebooks to see even further price cuts on Prime Day.
Manufacturers will not only look at moving last year’s inventory to accommodate the latest updates, they will be eager to see a broader adoption of a platform in which they have invested some significant resources.
Manufacturers like Asus, Acer and Lenovo all make excellent Chromebooks that they want to get into the hands of consumers and hopefully get them hooked on the platform so we can see some pretty aggressive pricing on Prime Day – making it the perfect time to finally get yourself a Chromebook and see what all the fuss is about.
A Chromebook is the perfect gift for keeping in touch with your family
Another important feature of Chrome OS is its relative simplicity. While Windows and macOS are robust enough to handle large software packages such as Adobe Creative Cloud and the like, this can be a little overwhelming for those who may not be as technological.
Anyone who has tried to help friends or family manage a Zoom call knows exactly what it means. Fortunately, the Chromebook is almost tailor-made for this type of user. If your parents or grandparents can work with a smartphone, they can operate a Chromebook, and they’ll probably find it comfortably familiar as well.
Just about everyone knows how to get online via a web browser or download a game through the Google Play Store now, thanks to the very intuitive interface – even if mom and dad are used to an iPhone, they will get around the Play Store in no time way time.
With holidays in Covid’s time as they are, a Chromebook might just be the perfect way to bring your family together and keep everyone safe. With Prime Day expected to bring some great Chromebook deals, it not only makes sense to buy two or three of them for close family, but you do not even have to break the bank to do so. What better reason to buy a Chromebook than you need?
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