What is a Chromebook?


Shipments of Chromebooks had doubled back in 2014, making them dominant and almost omnipresent in educational institutions. A Chromebook is no ordinary laptop or notebook. While the biggest limitation of a Chromebook is the fact that it is dependent on the Internet and runs on Chrome OS, a web-based Operating System by Google, but this also the Chrome’s biggest strength. Apart from this, Chromebooks also happen to be quite low-cost.

What Is A Chromebook?

A Chromebook is a laptop that relies on the Internet, which is the reason it is capable of start up in approximately 7 seconds, which is extremely fast. The Google Chrome web browser is the only native app that can be found in a Chromebook, while the rest are all web apps. Chromebooks even come with 100 GB of cloud storage from Google. Obviously, this means that things stored on the cloud can be accessed from virtually anywhere and will not be lost if something happens to the Chromebook.

What About Using A Chromebook Offline?

It is possible to use both 3G and Wi-Fi to connect a Chromebook to the Internet, but it is also entirely possible for Internet access to not be available. However, there are alternatives. For instance, Gmail Offline can be used to compose and read emails, while Google Drive Offline can be used as a word processor. Once a Chromebook is connect to the Internet, all offline apps automatically sync and save. One that you will not be able to do with a Chromebook is install and play modern-day games, especially graphic-heavy ones. Chromebooks generally have limited storage and weak specifications. Of course, you can play Angry Birds or similar 2D games.

What Are The Specifications Of A Chromebook Like?

Currently, Chromebooks are available with RAM between 2GB and 4GB. The internal storage capacity of all Chromebooks happens to 16GB, at the moment. More storage is generally not required if a Chromebook is used as it is meant to be used. Nonetheless, some Chromebooks even come with a 32GB SSD. Just about every Chromebook is equipped with entry-level processors so less sophisticated procedures can be handled by them.

As far as the screen size of a Chromebook is concerned, this specification can vary. 11.6 inch is the typical screen size, but Chromebooks with 13-inch, 14-inch and 15-inch screens are also available. Manufacturers, especially Acer, are also starting to produce Chromebooks that have full-HD screens. The battery life of Chromebooks also tends to be decent, i.e. they can last an entire day on a single charge.

What Is Lacking In A Chromebook?

It must be kept in mind that a Chromebook cannot be used for running sophisticated downloadable software like Photoshop. As mentioned, the resolution of Chromebooks is generally not very impressive, so some users might get disappointed when streaming something like Netflix. It may also be a little tricky to pair Bluetooth devices and printers with a Chromebook.


Despite its limitations, it does not mean that a Chromebook cannot be used as a basic and primary computer that is still quite useful. Add to that the fact that Chromebooks happen to be low-cost and superfast, these factors definitely make a Chromebook worth having for those who do not generally run heavy and sophisticated software.