Chromebooks are growing in popularity, and for a very good reason. There is a large number of people who own computers, yet they only use them for internet access. These users do not need all the functionality of netbooks or laptops, with their hardware storage and high computing capabilities. Chromebooks all run the eponymous Chrome operating system, and are designed for online storage, which is all most internet-only users need. Chromebooks fill a niche market, delivering to end-users exactly what they need, and not devices loaded with features they don’t need, and will likely never use. They are also much lighter, and often have better battery life than larger portable computing options. Their costs are significantly less than a laptop as well.
The HP Chromebook gets top honors in reviews for their Chromebook 14 Here. It has the Celeron 2955U 1.4 GHz processor, with 2GB of DDR3L SDRAM. This model also comes with an added benefit of being able to open and edit MS Office files using free software that comes preinstalled. It does not have a CD or DVD drive, as most chromebooks do not, and it weighs-in at just over 4 pounds. This model also has 2 USB ports, as well as an HDMI port.
The Acer C720P-2666 Chromebook
The Acer C720P-2666 Chromebook has very positive reviews, and it comes with an 11.6-inch touch-screen, and either 2GB or 4GB of DDR3L SDRAM . This model also uses the Intel Celeron 2955U processor, and weighs just about 3 pounds. Other features include a built-in HD webcam, 1-USB 3.0 port, 1-USB 2.0 port, and an HDMI port. The battery life is 7.5 hours, the multi-touch screen supports 10-finger touch, and there is also a full-size keyboard. The Acer C720 is also a crowd-pleaser from this manufacturer. It is a little less expensive than is the 720P, largely because it has a different processor than does the P model. Both are very good values at their respective price-points, however.
Samsung has really come a long way in the past decade, and their Galaxy line of products are second-to-none. The Samsung Chromebook Wi-Fi, 11.6 inch model is yet another homerun for Samsung. With over 5,500 reviews , this Chromebook has a 4-star rating. This model comes with 2GB of DDR3L RAM, 16GB solid state drive, and 2 USB ports, 1-3.0 and 1-2.0. It also supports the 802.11 Wi-Fi standard, and includes 100GB of free Google Drive storage for 2 years. Samsung can add this to its list of very successful portable electronics products.
The Google Chromebook Pixel
The Google Chromebook Pixel is a general purpose model that is also a good replacement for a desktop computer. The processor is the Intel Core i5 5200U, and it has a staggering 8GB of RAM. This also has a 32GB “as tested” storage capacity. The screen size is 12.85 inches, weighs 3.3 pounds, and it has a battery-rundown of 12 hours! This model is not exactly a budget-friendly model, but with that being said, the reviews are near-unanimously quite favorable except for the one sticking-point: it has limited local storage. This is a very Chromebook nonetheless.
The Dell Chromebook 11 has a number of features, including a rugged design and 180-degree barrel hinge, making this just-less-than 3 pound laptop alternative a crowd favorite. This product was largely designed with college students in mind, which is why it was designed as a rugged designed reinforced hinge, as well as a sealed keyboard and trackpad. Aside from the loud speakers, which is another feature designed for the student population, this high-quality model also carries a modest price-point. One thing to remember with this model is the touch-screen is not standard, and would be an additional cost if that is a requirement of the buyer.
Chromebooks are a great cost-effective alternative to the more-expensive, mobile computing options, and reviews of these devices indicate they are likely a mainstay in this space for many years to come.