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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 – August 2017

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

August 2017

  • Big screen, low-cost, and good value:
    Acer Chromebook 15 C910-C453 (15.6-inch HD, Intel Celeron, 4GB, 16GB SSD) about $250. – Intel Celeron Dual-Core Processor 3205U (1.5 GHz) – 4 GB DDR3L SDRAM – 16 GB Solid-State Drive – 15.6-Inch HD Screen, Intel HD Graphics
  • 2-in-1 convertible, 12.3-inch, 2,400 by 1,600 resolution, pressure-sensitive pen, and support for Android apps.
    Samsung Chromebook Plus Convertible Touch Laptop (XE513C24-K01US) $401.99 

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 techrepublic.com

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

15 Time-Saving Chromebook Tips by omgchrome.com

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 omgchrome.com

Time for you to get that Chromebook – Al-haadi Abu BakarThe Brunei Times/Asia News Wednesday, Nov 19, 2014 

Intel Easy Migration’ App Makes Moving Files to Chromebooks Simple BY JOEY-ELIJAH SNEDDON OMG! Chrome! i

Intel gives Chromebook converts an assist with 'Easy Migration' tool by Jared Newman PCWorld

What it's like living on a Chromebook, Part 1

What it's like living on a Chromebook, Part 2

How to decide between a $199 Windows notebook and a Chromebook By David Gewirtz for DIY-IT | November 17, 2014

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

Chromebooks vs. Windows Laptops: What Should You Buy? By Anna Attkisson, Laptop Mag & Tom's Guide Managing Editor | Aug 13, 2014 

The Chromebook User Guide. A complete user guide for Chrome OS and Chromebooks.

Chromebooks aren’t just for kids anymore: How my mom made the switch from Windows by Brenden West on September 14, 2014

Chromebooks land first batch of Android apps – You may not have known that you wanted Android apps to run on Chrome OS, but Google thinks they should. The first four Android apps for Chromebooks are now available. by Seth Rosenblatt September 11, 2014 

CNET.com feature articles on Chromebook


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