If you’re considering buying a new laptop, you may have noticed that there are three main types available. These are those which run Windows 10, Apple MacBooks and a third option called Chromebooks, which run Google\’s Chrome operating system.
Chromebooks can be a lot cheaper and over the last few years have grown in popularity for home, office and classroom use. So, what is a Chromebook? And should you buy one instead of a Windows PC?
- Usually cheaper
- No need for antivirus / security software
- Most can run Android apps (including Microsoft Office)
- No good for video or sound editing
- Limited storage
- Won’t run Windows apps
What is a Chromebook?
A Chromebook is very similar to a Windows laptop. They both have keyboards, trackpads, displays, ports to plug in accessories, some have touchscreens and all can access the internet with their browsers and run a wide range of popular apps.
What separates them is that they have different operating systems underneath. Windows PCs run on Windows 10, while Chromebooks run on Google’s ChromeOS.
Is this a big deal? For most people for most of the time, no. In fact, you may not even notice the difference.
ChromeOS is very much like having the Chrome browser as your entire operating system. And when you think about it, for the vast majority of time that most of us are on our laptops (at least for personal rather than professional use) we have the browser open and are accessing the internet for shopping, social media, video-calling, streaming music, TV or movies, email or even to work on documents.
Of course, there are pros and cons for both Chromebooks and Windows PC, which we’ll address below.
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