4 Reasons Why You Should Prefer Google ChromeBook to Other Laptops

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Google ChromeBookGoogle Chromebooks have finally arrived on the scene. You might also wish to check out the features of Google ChromeBook. The notebooks bearing the internet giant’s brand name and sporting hardware from manufacturers Acer and Samsung can now be purchased through Amazon and other retailers. Google’s Chromebooks have been surrounded by a lot of hype, so let’s examine the benefits they have over competing laptops.

100% Cloud Driven

The difference between Google Chromebooks and traditional laptops can be seen right from the outset. Whereas other computers rely on a local hard drive to store data, these new devices store everything in the cloud. Because there is no local file system to speak of, all your data is stored across the company’s farm of interconnected servers. This includes your documents, email messages from Gmail, and everything else. If you are a firm believer in Google’s robust internet infrastructure, you realize what a luxury this is. No more fumbling with discs or worrying about running out of space on your hard drive. Chromebooks make it so you have reliable storage with an infinite supply of resources to ensure that space is never an issue.

Unrivaled Speed and Performance

Even some of the fastest laptops fail to compare to the speed of Google Chromebooks. In fact, one of the main selling points of these unique devices is that they boot up and are ready to go in eight seconds and resume from standby in an instant. And since they are equipped with a solid state hard drive, Chromebooks have absolutely no moving parts within them, meaning your device is far less likely to suffer from a crashed drive or hardware failure. These aspects result in a laptop experience that is essentially unmatched from a performance standpoint, which is crucial no matter what you’re trying to get done.

Connectivity

Above all, Google Chromebooks were designed to deliver the ultimate web experience to the user. Some early reviews hint that they actually run much better online than off. The devices have Wi-Fi built-in to enable easy configuration with your home network or public access when you are away from the office. Faster access can be obtained through the blazing speeds of 3G connectivity on the Verizon network at the cost of an additional fee. As far as the web experience, Chromebooks are like a dream come true, providing you with convenient access to the all the sites, applications, and features you need to browse or conduct business online.

Summary

As you can see, Google Chromebooks could very well prove to be stiff competition for other laptops on the market. Apart from what has already been mentioned here, they offer the added benefit of being extremely affordable. Chromebooks start under $400 and are even available to business users in the form a convenient monthly payment plan. Whether or not Google’s new offering is truly a better option than what is currently on the market remains to be seen, but if you are on the hunt for a new laptop, the search company and its partners could have exactly what you need.

What would you prefer? A laptop or Google ChromeBook?

John Zenith is a consultant, best practices activist and advocate for leading Web and permission based email services.

  • Mohit

    I would still prefer a laptop.Keepin everything on the cloud will be a problem in India where net connectivity and speed is not great for everyone.Also what about if you’re on-the-go in a train or something and lose internet connectivity? I havent researched as such, but does the chromebook have an hdd atall?
    -Mohit
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    • John Zenith

      Thank you for the comment Mohit.

      Google has said that Gmail, Google Calendar, and Google Docs will all provide offline access via HTML5 sometime “this summer”.

      The Chromebook does come with a 16GB SSD.

    • Mohit

      Hmmm..So I guess the utility of Chromebooks gets limited then, dont you think? You can browse the web and work on documents/spreadsheets, but it’ll score low in terms of entertainment.Movies/music etc cannot be all accessed streaming online.16GB is quite less for storage.
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    • John Zenith

      Entertainment and movies can be accessed online using services Netflix or Youtube.

      New cloud services (eg. iCloud) are springing up each year and will make hard rive space a thing of the past. Some cloud services can even do graphics processing for your games online (eg. Gaikai).

      The Chromebook may seem limited if you directly compare it to all the features of laptops, but it’s the simplicity I think Google is going for.

    • Mohit

      So on final thoughts, I think the Chromebook would appeal to only a certain kind of audience.First, the ones who have an awesome net connection! and second, those you literally ‘live’ online!
      Anyway, I’d still prefer my Samsung Netbook 🙂
      Thanks for the prompt responses John.Which is your blog btw?

  • Vishnu

    Yeah but what about the monthly price for storage?

    • John Zenith

      That would depend on which cloud storage services you want to get.

      For the iCloud service, my best guess is that it would be free to try and for a service fee users can buy more capacity.

  • Hi john,

    Your post really helped me to understand the reasons of preferring to the google chromebook to other notebooks. You have mentioned its many features. It has great details and yet it is easy to understand.
    That’s what i was looking for. I will definitely share it with others.

    Thanks for sharing.

    • John Zenith

      Thank you for the reply Custom Logo Design,

      I am happy to share this information to my viewers, and I thank you for sharing this information with others.

  • I mostly found ok or bad reviews of Google chrome, Good to see your prefer it john!

  • Where some see an advantage, others see a disadvantage. Yes, i’m talking about the Cloud.Can’t complain about its speed though.