Google Chromebook is the different type of computer that helps to complete your work faster and easier. If you mostly focus on Online Internet based jobs, then Google Chromebook is made for you.
There’s a lot to like about Chrome OS and this first generation of Google Chromebook.
Pros of Google Chromebook:
1. Keyboard – Comfortable to use
The keyboard is comfortable to get use to. A search key has replaced the CAPS lock key. If you need CAPS, then just hold the shift key while typing.
2. Mousepad – Large and easy to use
Chromebook’s mousepad is large, comfortable, and very easy to use. It is very sensitive, and the lightest touch will have the cursor/arrow moving on the screen.
3. Battery life – It is simply Amazing
Up to 8-10 hours of battery life, amazing isn’t? That’s true. Unlike any other notebook, Chromebook don’t need to charge up so frequently and that is why you can take out the Chromebook for a long walk without having to worry about battery life.
4. Startup Time – Boot in 8 Seconds
Google says Chromebook boots in 8-10 seconds straight. And it’s true, again. Chrome OS strips many of the unnecessary processes that a typical computer goes through when you power it on. When you close the lid, the Chromebook goes into sleep mode. The good thing about sleep mode is that the battery is hardly used and when you start it again, it would be less painful to wait before you can jump back to work.
5. OS Updates – Faster than reboot of any other notebook
Chromebook is like wine, I mean, it gets better over time. Chromebook is easy to maintain because they update and upgrade automatically, no need to installing wasted patches and cracks every time. All your apps stay updated with the latest version of operating system.
6. Price – Anybody can afford it
Price is another big advantage of Chromebook. Google Chromebook starting at $199 with 300GB hard disk; 100GB cloud storage with 8-10 hours battery life.
7. Connectivity – Built in wireless broadband
With Chromebook, its easy to get connected anytime, anywhere with its built in dual Wi-Fi and 3G. Chromebook also gives you extra 12 free Gogo Inflight passes and some offline apps that help you when you disconnected from Internet. Google Chromebook connects to your favorite wireless network automatically as it boots up, so that you get connected instantly. You can use the built-in Verizon Wireless service to connect to the Internet. There is a fee, but it’s worth it if you need to get work done. Wireless plans (3G or 4G) from Verizon Wireless start at $30 a month for 2GB of data access.
8. Google Drive – Easy backups with Cloud Storage
This is one best thing about Chromebook. With Google Drive, you can store your photos, music, videos, documents and more, so you can always have back up of your data easily available and accessible.
9. Security – No Virus or malware at all
Chromebook is immune to viruses as Google has baked in the Verified Boot, which stores the initial booting code in read-only memory, so a malicious app cannot take over when your Chromebook boots up. Then there’s the Trusted Platform Module (TPM); a specialized chip that serves hardware-based authentication. They employ the principle of “defense in depth” to provide multiple layers of protection, including sandboxing, data encryption, and verified boot. Google Chromebook users furthermore get options to restore a previous “working” version of the operating system, and automatic integrity checks during boot time to verify that files have not been manipulated.
10. Light Weight – No need to carry that extra pound
Chromebook weighs about 3 pounds and is very small. Its comfortable to take around for your official tours or even carry locally all day long.
11. Data Access – Get right back to work from anywhere
All apps, documents and settings are stored safely in the cloud. So, even if you don’t have access to your computer, you can just log in to any other Chromebook and get right back to work.
12. Multi-user – Easy to share with family & friends
With Chromebook everybody can log in to their own Chrome settings, apps, and extensions, or use Guest Mode to browse privately. Either way, no one else using your Chromebook will have access to your email and personal data.
13. Web integration – Designed for web
Google has done some nice things to make working on the web a little easier. Google Chromebook does a great job logging onto Picasa and other Google services, recognizing who you are without you having to manually log in each visit. And Google Talk is built into the OS, so that’s pretty seamless. If you have to live in a web-based world, this is the way to do it.
14. Quick Setup – Download an update & you are ready
Setting up Chromebook takes only about 15 to 20 minutes, with most of that time spent downloading an update to Chrome OS. What I love is – It’s a clean desktop with no trial versions or unwanted apps cluttering things up. That’s a great advantage to not having anything stored locally!
15. Easy to use – Operate like a browser
Last but not the least, is the user friendliness of Chromebook. It is as simple as operating a web browser. No more complications.
Cons of Google Chromebook:
1. Web Based Apps – Forget Win/Mac apps
I think the biggest hurdle for businesses to get over is that Google Chromebook does not run traditional Windows or Mac applications. Since Chrome OS is a Linux-based OS that boots into the Chrome browser, there’s no scope for installing native applications. In Chromebook, only Google chrome and other Google products are installed. So you cannot download and install other application for your business and other purpose like Microsoft Office, Browsers etc. You can only work with Google’s products and applications.
2. No Ethernet – So no LANs
Ethernet not working on Chromebooks, only Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity option are available in Chromebooks.
3. Bye Bye Games – Seriously?
Games are not supported in Chrome OS, you can only play online games. So if you gamer then Google Chromebook is a total waste for you.
4. Locked Login – Login once & get locked
One Time Sign In – In Chromebooks you can sign in at once. After sign in with a Google account your laptop is locked with your account, you can’t sign out and use different account. If you change your account then you have to reset your Chromebook.
5. Minimal Media Support – Sadly, no (almost) music & video
You can’t play your own media files like mp3, mp4, wmp, etc. The Chrome OS does not recognize the different media files.
6. Minimal Physical Storage – SD flash storage
The Chromebook is not designed to store lots of personal files, as with a traditional computer. It’s made to primarily store things on the web. This could be a challenge for many businesses. If you can’t access the Internet, your Google Chromebook is pretty useless.
7. Keyboard & Mouse Pad – Newer keysets & gestures
The keyboard is a challenge to get used to. Google has dictated the removal of many common keys from the keyboard; there’s no Delete, Home, Insert, or Caps Lock keys, and the traditional row of function keys has been replaced with dedicated “web keys” for controlling volume, brightness, and the like. I’d rather have a more traditional keyboard, thank you.
I found that the mouse pad also needs to be more flexible to use and could have been better designed. There are no buttons to click, so you have to get used to tapping the touchpad instead. Fortunately, you can connect an external mouse, which I may end up doing.
8. Cloud Storage – Store in air
With all the news regarding Cloud storage break-ins, security issues and data loss, it may not sound like a good idea to rely primarily on the cloud.
9. Compatibility – Go virtual
With Chrome OS, you cannot run your Windows applications directly. Google’s solution is virtualization so that you can run those applications. It is however not clear how this is handled at this point in time, and how users can get their applications to run on the Chromebook.
10. Google Account Link – Must have an Google account
Your Chrome OS account is linked to a Google account. Google may collect even more information about you this way, even if you use a fake Google account just for the Chromebook.
11. Internet Connection – Need to stay connected always
You will need a decent Internet connection to get most out of the device. You get offline access to some of your files and documents, but for the majority of things, you will need a decent Internet connection.
12. Printers & Scanners – No direct printing
Google promotes the use of ‘Cloud Print’ with their Chromebooks. What this means is, you’ll need to have a Cloud Print Ready Printer , or have a printer connected to a computer with Internet and Chrome browser installed with Cloud Print set up, to be able to fire a Print from your Chromebook. There’s simply no way to physically connect a printer to your Chromebook and print a document; you have to go through all the bother of the Cloud Print process.
13. Lack of Personalization – Stay with defaults
With Windows, I’m used to customizing the look and feel of my desktop to an extreme degree. Unfortunately, there’s not much you can do in Chrome except change the browser theme. That’s not a major thing, but it bothers.
14. No Skype – Can’t see you
Specifically, there’s no web-based version of Skype, nor is there a good web-based alternative to it. If you depend on Skype to video chat with your friends, that’s a deal breaker. Google is said to be working on some sort of Skype-like functionality for Chrome, but it isn’t there yet and even when it gets here it won’t be Skype. Bummer.
15. File Management – No copy command? Are you serious?
I know Google wants us all to fly away to the land of cloud computing, but there’s still some need for local file storage and the ability to manage those local files. Yes, you can connect a USB flash drive or SD memory card to a Chromebook, which is fine for reading files (and essential for listening to music or watching movies), but Chrome won’t let you write files to these devices. (You can download files to external storage, but you can’t copy files from the Chromebook to an external device.) As much as Google wants to embrace the concept of cloud computing, today’s reality is that we need to manage some files locally.
Google’s Chromebook is only one of several forthcoming devices from technology vendors. This means you have a lot of choice in what to buy for your business. Evaluate technology before you buy it, test it before you buy lots of it for your employees and review how it is working on a regular basis.
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