Chromebook: Pros and cons

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Among the new high-tech products of 2013, we find the Chromebooks. The term Chromebook refers to a range of terminals from manufacturers like Lenovo, Google, Acer or HP, running on Chrome OS, an operating system which relies on the various online tools and services from Google.

Pros and cons of the Chromebook:
  • The grip of the operating system requires an adaptation period. However, Google Chrome (web browser) users will easily master Chrome OS. The owners of a Google Account will automatically find their preferences and settings. Not to mention the changes and customizations made on the Chromebook will be available (sync) on other media.
  • Whatever the model, the Chromebook comes with a small storage space. It mainly relies on cloud services to store data. For the first two years you gain access to 100GB of free storage on Google Drive, after which you will need to pay a monthly subscription of 5 euros. Note that: You can also make use of external storage.
  • According to Google, the Chromebook boast the highest level of security. This is due to the various security features:
    • Automatic updates
    • Verification of web applications
    • Download are available from a dedicated Web Store (monitored by Google).

The Chromebook needs to be connected to the internet. For those who are constantly using a computer to browse the internet this will not be an issue. However, most of its features will be unavailable when there's no connection (online apps).

The Chromebook seems particularly suitable for children and teenagers as it is less expensive than a budget laptop .

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