Books have Chrome! Chrome of Books! (9/14/19 Part 1)

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Today we talked about Chromebooks! They’ve come a long way over the past few years. Tune in as we¬† talk about:

Is the ChromeBook for me?

Chromebooks pros:

  • Websurfing and webapps!
  • Android apps! Chromebooks can run Android apps now!
  • Relatively inexpensive for modest machines, although better machines in terms of build quality and specs are available (even up to $999!) for serious/professional users.

Chromebook cons:

  • You can’t buy and download big, full-professional programs like Adobe Creative Cloud, Final Cut Pro, FULL Microsoft Office, etc. You’re stuck with web apps or Android apps.
  • You can’t buy and download Windows or Mac games. You’re stuck with web games and Android games.
  • Chromebooks generally do best with wifi or an internet connection. Without internet access you lose access to a lot of functionality.

Things to consider

  • Design. Is it a laptop or a convertable/2-in-1? Touchscreen? How well is it made? Stylus support? What sort of ports? USB? HDMI?
  • How much RAM? 4g is minimum recommended for light use. 8g or more for heavier use, demanding Android apps/games, etc. 16g is going to be overkill for most users.
  • CPU. Many will have Celerons or similar low-end CPUs which is okay for casual browsing and light use (Celerons, ARM, m3’s), but the nicer ones can have i3, i5, and i7 CPUs.
  • Storage! 32g is probably a safe starting point, but if you want to keep files locally, download Android apps, etc., consider 64gb to 128g. If you plan to do photo editing or video editing then look for more.
  • Budget. Be sure to keep in mind what you need and want, plus quality. If you’re going to spend more than $400 on a Chromebook, be sure to consider Windows laptops and 2-in-1’s as well. Definitely consider Windows and Mac if you want to spend $1000 or more.
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