Advantages and differences of Chromebook

What differences and advantages does a Chromebook have compared to a Windows PC?

When buying a new laptop, deciding between a classic Windows computer or a Chromebook can be difficult because, although they may appear to be the same device, there are actually several differences between them. As always the decision should be based on the needs of the user.


What is a Chromebook?

A Chromebook is a laptop that, instead of running Microsoft’s operating system, has Google’s Chrome OS operating system. They are focused on collaborative work and in the cloud, which is why they are especially interesting and useful in educational and work environments, since they have access to the same functions as those with Windows but without the need to install as much dedicated software.

A device with these characteristics is designed to work or study at any time, since its spirit is “Always On”, like a mobile phone. It only has to be charged and connected to the Internet, to open it and start using it immediately. And if there is no connection, we can use native Android applications for any type of task.


What is the difference between a Chromebook and a laptop?

A Chromebook  and a Windows laptop do not differ aesthetically, much more so if we talk about those UltraBooks, small form factor laptops that are as light as they are thin. Both are laptops with a built-in keyboard, camera, screen and usually include a trackpad. Some even have touch screens and the ability to turn into tablets thanks to a hinge that allows them to fold on themselves.

It is true that the hardware that a Windows laptop has versus a Chromebook is different. But it’s also because Chromebooks don’t need the same components to perform as well or better than a laptop running Microsoft’s operating system. In addition, chips such as the Intel Core, common among laptops with the Chrome OS operating system, offer an important competitive advantage: they consume much less energy than a conventional Intel or AMD, offering performance on a Chromebook to match. 

Another difference is usually in storage. Apparently, Chromebooks with 32 or 64 GB would lose out, but in reality, they are permanently connected to Google Drive, the cloud storage system of the Mountain View company that also allows us to keep documents synchronized between all devices in those of us who have the service. We can virtually be working on a Chromebook while on the road, but then open that same document on mobile and even finish it off when we get home on our desktop.