I thought long and hard about what I would do when it was time to purchase a computer for my son for college. The one thing I didn’t want was a phone call that the computer was not working because of a virus, or that it was slow for whatever reason. I had heard enough about virus problems, so I did some research on the Google Chromebook to see if it would be enough for him for school, and I could not have been happier! Here is why:
- The price is right! I bought mine (well, his…) on Tiger Direct. Prices start below $400 Click Here for a Tiger Direct search
- Every time you turn on a Chromebook, it updates itself
- Chromebooks boots up within 8 seconds
- Chromebooks weight a little bit over 3 pounds and run up to 8 hours on one charge
- The browser is Google Chrome, my favorite! Google Chrome provides offline features such as business productivity tools – Documents, Spreadsheets and Presentations that are also synchronized online on Google Drive. (This is also available for access in all other browsers.)
- Applications are accessed via the cloud, which means that even when you don’t have your Chromebook, you can access your files from another computer.
- Chromebooks are built with layers of protection against malware and security attacks since files are stored in the cloud
- You have access to free and for purchase Google and third party applications just as you do on any internet access computer. There are no complicated software to buy and install and no CDs to misplace. (By the way, there is no CD Rom Drive!!). I’m impressed by the list of academic apps available.
The greatest things that helped his adjustment to this computer was that:
- He already uses an Android phone
- He already uses Gmail, so the initial sign up was a snap
- He already has documents on his Google account
- He doesn’t have to worry about viruses (yay!)
What about using a Chromebook for business? Oh yeah!
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Because you’ve been using a PC and all your documentation is on your PC, and if you would like to convert to a Chromebook, my recommendation is to take your time! It will take time to get use to the virtual use of your documentation. You will need to decide how you want to store your documents. You can start the process on your PC with Google Drive and sync the folders.