The Windows operating system hasn’t been growing in performance requirements for several years, but it is still quite sluggish on notebooks in the entry price category. And that’s where Chrome OS gives it a significant shape. It is pretty enough for the Intel Celeron processor line, 2 GB of RAM, and 16/32 GB on the drive for smooth operation. It all sounds like a death sentence for a Windows laptop, but not bad for Chrome OS.
With the amount of RAM, everything is relatively straightforward, but why such a small drive? There are more terabytes on Windows laptops. Everything is straightforward. Many applications only work while you are online. And files are also conveniently stored in the cloud. Now that Wi-Fi is almost everywhere, this approach to keeping information is becoming more and more justified.
In principle, no one bothers you to take a Chromebook on Intel Core i3 and with 4 GB of RAM – this will work more smoothly. But i5 and 8 GB of RAM for a Chromebook is already too much, and paying for this is a dubious choice.
Low hardware requirements have several positive side effects. The simpler the system, the fewer components it contains, the less space it takes up. Thanks to this, many Chromebooks have an 11.6-inch screen since everything you need can easily fit into the body of such a small “machine”. If you want, you can work everything on a tiny laptop on Windows, as ASUS engineers did, but then it turns out ZenBook 3 for more than 100,000 rubles.
Long battery life
A long-standing headache for all laptop owners is the relatively short battery life. A laptop running Chrome OS lasts an average of 10 hours until the next recharge, well ahead of its Windows counterparts. We do not set “MacBooks” as an example because they do not exist in the initial price category.
Simple components – low price.
These Chromebooks are very captivating. While a reasonable ultrabook cost starts at 60,000 rubles, a Chromebook shouldn’t cost you more than $ 600. Unfortunately, due to our country’s low popularity, this type of device often has to be ordered from abroad.
Availability of required programs
Unfortunately, there is also a disadvantage among all these advantages – there are fewer applications for Chrome OS, and their functionality is narrower than for laptops for Windows. However, there is everything you need for everyday tasks. Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Drive. Google Docs will allow you to work with text files, spreadsheets, and more. For processing graphic files, you can use, for example, GIMP.
It is not surprising that most companies promote Chromebooks among students because these gadgets are suitable for this same audience according to many criteria. They will not punch a hole in the family budget. They will quickly get lost in a backpack. They are ready to work on a single battery charge for 10 hours in a row. Chromebooks aren’t designed for cool video games or video editing, but mail, texts, spreadsheets, and presentations are ideal companions for everyday tasks.