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Top 5 Reasons Why It’s A Good Time To Get A Chromebook

Samsung Chromebook Plus

You don’t have to pay a lot to get a lot

Chromebooks have been around for some time now but have hardly made waves in the local market. Folks used to Windows and IOS often feel let down by the perceived “limitations” of the first generation Chromebooks running on Chrome OS. Indeed, what could one accomplish if everything is done on an internet-dependent browser in a country where internet speeds are meh? How can Google Docs replace MS Word? How can Hangouts replace Skype? What do we do without Photoshop?

These may all change in 2017 as Chromebooks have leveled up in both hardware and software. As a Windows user for the longest time, I believe Chromebooks are the future. Here are 5 reasons why.

Acer Chromebook 14

Value for money

Chromebooks are way more affordable than Windows or OS X devices. This advantage has been obvious from the start. Considering that some Chromebooks are sold locally between P8,000 to P14,000, it’s a great option for cash strapped users, since you won’t be paying for the the Windows license key and other Microsoft Office apps. Chromebooks are usually lightweight but well-built for the price, and rely on basic computing power usually from Intel Celeron, M3, Core i3 and even Tegra K1 chips. But not all of them are el-cheapo notebooks – some also have full HD displays, some have touchscreens and a few also have quad HD displays (for reasons we can’t fathom). But despite this they’re still relatively affordable – even the so-called premium Chromebooks are way cheaper than premium or flagship level notebooks and Macs. A device with 4GB RAM, full HD display and 16GB internal storage plus 100GB online storage will still be more affordable than the average Windows laptop with a lower HD display. And if you’re bother with the lack of decent offline storage, fear not as many Chromebooks come with an SD card slot for expandable storage.

Battery life  

Since they do not demand much processing power, Chromebooks can easily outlast the battery life of most Windows laptops. Chromebook battery life can run from 8-10 hours, depending on factors such as display settings. You can work all day at the office without having to charge. In my experience, battery life is so good that I only need to charge my unit when I get home from work. Charging time is also not so bad.

ASUS Chromebook C202

It works even when offline

Sure, reaping the full benefits of the the system requires Internet access, but that shouldn’t stop you from working offline. Thanks to Google Drive, you can still edit documents and slides even when offline. There is also an app that allows you to check and write emails while the Gmail app is offline. The Evernote app now works on Chrome OS and allows you to write notes even when offline, and the Chrome Web Store lists other offline apps for productivity.

Software is always updated

You are always protected. It’s as simple as updating the OS on your Android phone. The updates are applied depending on what you use, whether you’re on stable channel, beta channel and developer channel. The entire UI is clean, user-friendly and allows customization. Google Now is also available on the app launcher. The Chrome Store offers a range of useful online apps including those used for photo editing in the absence of Photoshop.

Chromebooks will soon integrate the Google Play Store

The most exciting development in Chromebooks is the integration of Android apps into the system. Some units like the stylus-equipped Samsung Chromebook Plus and the Chromebook Pro now feature Google Play Store out of the box. Also capable of running Android apps are the Acer R11 and the Asus Chromebook touchscreen versions. Other earlier Chromebooks are just waiting in the wings with Android apps running on the beta or developer channel. This year could see more and more Chromebook devices from different manufacturers able to run many of your favorite Android apps, thus allowing greater productivity even when offline.

With the full integration of Google Play Store and Android apps, improved hardware and software features at a very competitive price, Chromebooks will soon carve a significant niche in the local market. Educational institutions using Google Classroom may recommend Chromebooks as an affordable alternative to Windows laptops. It can be the first laptop you buy your kid. Offices doing most of its work online will like the versatility and affordability of the Chromebook. There is a lot of potential in this device once it gets things together.

*This article was written on a Toshiba Chromebook 2 that has 4GB of RAM, a full HD display and 16GB of built-in storage.

7 Comments

  1. I hope PC retail stores actually stock chromebooks and put working demo units in their stores. Bonus points if the staff could pre-install apps for you as part of the shopping experience.

    They’re cheap but unless they go below the 5k range I’m not going to just blindly buy one from Lazada or another online outlet, I want to try them out physically first.

  2. Lenovo 100s 10k Full windows OS 32GB may 365 pag bili ko sakin. *9 hours battery life. Ikaw na try sa filing system ng ChromeOS. kaw nalang din mag print. kaw nalang ma stock sa close OS. paano kana gamit ng iTunes. if d mo like ang google docs. kaw na download ng libre office or open office. kaw na download ng win32 na apps. kaw nalang mg compress ng files mo. kaw na mag torrents. kaw na mag view ng mga karami raming files na ibat ibang extensions. And they are not cheap! Bili ka nalang android tablet. partner mo ng Bluetooth keyboard. Cgurado pa talagang Google Play Store apps gagana. and not sa future now na! d naman lahat ng google play store supported sa Chromebooks. Hmf! Sponsored articles…

  3. Very limited ang capabilities ng mga chrome books kaya hindi nag click sa market. Kung affordability rin lang, may mga cheap notebooks with decent specs ranging from 10k to 18k. May hard drive ng kasama at 500gb. How can chrome books beat that storage? Kung cloud pag uusapan, may google account k lng, may free cloud storage ka na. Plus your own personal cloud storage, kung meron ka.

    So, chrome books are just merely optional devices and not a primary gadgets. It cant even beat a simple dumbphone when it comes to necessity. With those limitations as stated by Yow Boss, it will never be the future even with the present updates.

  4. the most important reason I’m expecting to be on the list but can’t find it is: IT WILL GET THE JOB DONE. so, NO.

  5. Why do we need a chromebook? Just get an android tablet or ipad. Chromebooks are even less than a toy OS, it is basically useless.

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