How do you use your computer?
When someone asks me which computer they should buy, the first question I ask is: what sort of activities do you do on the computer? The vast majority of individuals I talk with tell me they read email, surf the web, shop for the families, and complete some work projects. Then they tell me they’re looking at the latest MacBook Pro (with a hefty price tag). When I suggest they reconsider and look into a Chromebook I always get this question next:
What is a Chromebook?
A Chromebook assumes your activities will be web-based or cloud-based 95% of the time. Because you’ll be doing this, you won’t need large amounts of memory or RAM which add to the bulk and price tag of a regular computer. Chromebooks are lightweight, easy to use, and relatively inexpensive (between $200-500).
Chromebooks also require less malware and cleaning software because they operate primarily in the cloud. This means not only does the computer cost less, but there are less associated costs as well.
There are downsides, though. Chromebooks don’t have many of the extras you might expect with a computer. There is no CD-ROM drive. Many do not have and SD card slot. You won’t be able to run large picture editing software, word processors, or gaming programs. There isn’t enough RAM to run these installed pieces. If you select a Chromebook you should plan to go all-in with cloud-based apps.
Which Chromebook should you buy?
If a Chromebook sounds like something that fits you, there are a couple dozen excellent options to choose from:
The FlipBook: ASUS C100PA-DB01 Chromebook Flip 10.1″ Touchscreen Laptop ($281)
If you’re thinking you want a cross between a tablet and a laptop, the ASUS Flip is your best bet. It has a 10″ screen and weighs only 2 pounds. Users rave about its battery life!
The Best Priced: ASUS C201 11.6 Inch Chromebook ($169)
When you need something to get you online and going at a really great price, you can’t go wrong with this ASUS. It has a snazzy navy blue outside, a tiny charger, and users love how easy it was to turn on and get started.
The Powerful Chromebook: Acer Chromebook for Work ($599)
If you love the idea of a Chromebook, but you’re thinking you need a bit more oopmf to accomplish you daily work, you may want to peak at the Acer for Work. This unit is slightly heavier and slightly larger than similar models, but it has 8GB of RAM packed in there.