Advantages and disadvantages of Chromebooks, cheap laptops

More than a decade since the first Chromebooks launched in 2010, they’ve changed a lot, and Google’s browser-based operating system has grown and matured. It is the most used operating system among students, due to its simplicity, and the accessibility of the equipment. Now in the midst of a pandemic, where education has gone from being face-to-face to mostly online, these Chromebooks make more sense than ever, since they were designed for situations like the one we live in.

Google introduces a new generation of Chromebooks for 2020, made by Acer, Asus, Lenovo and HP. The new Chromebooks have been built on the three pillars that have always characterized computers with the Google operating system, security and privacy with antivirus and Play Protect, speed thanks to its startup in seconds, even older models start up in less of 10 seconds and autonomy for a full day.

In addition to the familiarity and simplicity of the operating system, since everyone knows how to handle a browser. Chromebooks were designed to work in the cloud from the beginning, so all data is automatically synchronized in the “cloud” with Chrome Sync , and as soon as you turn on the computer straight out of the box, it will have all the applications and personal files From the beginning.

One of the myths about Chromebooks is that being a browser-based operating system they don’t work offline, but they don’t. Just like on an Android phone, you can download apps from the Play Store and work with them offline. The applications can be from the well-known Microsoft office suite, Office 365, to games, photography or even Netflix, where you can download movies and series to watch offline.

The hardware has also improved using more premium components, at the level of PCs, such as Intel Core processors, expanded memory, more disk space, something highly demanded by users, increasing storage, USB-C connections and better cameras. . And all this with more current designs, better user experience and materials.

Google’s artificial intelligence has also come to Chromebooks, which integrate the TensorFlow tool into apps and use AI to improve performance and battery life, as well as power the Google Assistant built into the system, just like it did. does on Android phones.

Something that Google has placed special emphasis on is that Chromebooks can be shared among several users in a simple way, in this way up to ten children could use the same computer in a class without the experience diminishing for it, in addition to their files and Cloud profiles will be encrypted so that privacy between accounts is guaranteed.

Without forgetting that many of the users are children, the Family Link system allows you to control screen time, Google and Chromebook accounts remotely. The new family of convertible and two-in-one equipment that now arrives in Spain, can be found in formats from 12 to 15 inches, touch screen, and accessories such as stylus.