Getting Comfortable With The Basics

What is a Chromebook?

What is a Chromebook?

A Chromebook is a new type of computer designed to help you get things done faster and easier. Powered by Google's Chrome OS™, and featuring built-in, up-to-date virus protection along with Google apps and services like Gmail™, Google Calendar™, Docs and Google Play™ (plus thousands more in the Chrome Web Store™). Unlike traditional PCs, Chromebooks update themselves automatically for free, so you always have the latest and greatest version, while your stuff stays safe with Google Drive™ online file storage that's automatically backed up. And Chromebooks play nicely with your other devices—your phone, tablet or another computer—so you can stay in sync with your day from wherever you are.

Chromebook Reviews and Recommendations – 2018

Specifications I recommend include

  • 2 in1 – Laptop convertible to Tablet with touchscreen
  • One of the following processors CPU's Intel Celeron N3060, Celeron N3150 Intel, Celeron N3160 or higher-end Intel Core m3-6Y30, Core m5-6Y57
  • 4 GB or 8 GB RAM 
  • 16 GB or 32 GB Storage (SSD)
  • Display Resolution 1920 x 1080 or more

Nice things to have 

  • Backlit keyboard
  • Good trackpad
  • USB type C


Chromebook specs & performance comparison chart (2018) by –  Thinking of buying a new Chromebook but not sure which one to choose? Use our comprehensive specs comparison table and buying guide to quickly see the differences between each model, and find the best Chromebook for your needs.

How to print from a Chromebook by CNET

There's no shortage of myths and misconceptions regarding Google's Chrome OS. Most commonly found on a slew of Chromebooks, Chrome OS is more than a glorified browser. Under the hood, it offers file management, standalone apps, access to the Google Play Store and, yes, printing.

Set up your printer Google help – You can print from your Chromebook using most Wi-Fi printers.

If you're looking for more useful tools for your Chromebook, be sure to check out
PCWorld's guide to 12 powerful websites that can replace your desktop software.

When the web is enough, a Chromebook is enough by Andy Wolber February 6, 2015

5 powerful things you didn't know Chromebooks could do by Chris Hoffman PCWorld

15 Time-Saving Chromebook Tips by

How to run Microsoft Office on the Chromebook (for free) YouTube video by C.K. Koay

How to set up your new Chromebook the right way by PCWorld

Chromebooks beyond the cloud: Everything Chromebooks can do offline by PCWorld

Chromebook power tips: How to work smarter online and offline by PCWorld

What You Need to Know Before Buying a Chromebox by JOEY-ELIJAH SNEDDON

How a Chromebook is Locked Down to Protect You by How-To-Geek feature articles on Chromebook



Tech News by Topic