Considering a Chromebook? Read this before you buy.

Here at IT, we believe in giving you the latest news on tech and want to steer you in the right direction when it comes to making educated decisions when purchasing a new tech product. In this case, we’ll be covering a Chromebook. Before we can answer whether it’s right for you or anyone, we need to know what exactly a Chromebook is.

A Chromebook is simply Googles own Operating system in a low end, budget computer. They usually have anywhere from 2-4 Gigs of RAM (Random Access Memory) and anywhere from 16-32 Gigs of storage. Some even have Intel Processors running inside them. But they are very inexpensive computers unless you’re looking at the Chromebook Pixel which I would not recommend for a student who wants to write thesis papers or what not. That specific category of Chromebooks is more for developers.

But what about Googles own operating system? What makes it unique from MacOS or Windows OS? Well, for starters you can’t install anything not on the chrome web store for now (I’ll get back to this later). So what’s the point of a Chromebook you may be asking. Well just because you may not be able to install word doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t write papers. Some of you may have already used this program instead of word. It’s Google Docs and Google has a whole office suite anyone can use for free. Also, all the documents you create can be converted over to word, excel or whatever office program it is you need.

If you use Skype a lot to contact parents back home and have a video call with them, you can always use hangouts on here as well. Another thing too is it’s mainly designed to be used online. But that doesn’t mean it won’t work offline. You can still edit documents and what have you just like a regular computer. But you are still pretty limited in what you can do.

Now before you stop reading this, remember how I said for now you can only use the Chrome Web Store for apps? Well coming this fall that will be different as the Google Play Store will come to all Chromebooks! See for yourself here! That means you can download Word, excel, outlook and Skype or what ever you normally use! This opens up a whole new world of possibilities for Chromebooks!

So do you think you should get one? Let us know in the comments below and let us know which one you decided on! Until next time, have a great day everyone!

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