Chromebook is a User Friendly Everyday and College Laptop
Take a Chromebook to College or Use it at Home
College student, high school students and grade school students looking for an easy to use, user friendly laptop to use everyday should take a look at the Google Chromebook.
We discovered the Chromebook, Google's reinvention of the traditional computer or laptop, looking for an additional, inexpensive computer for my older daughter.
The connectivity speed, the long battery life, the large display, the ease of using Google programs, the light weight (compared to other versions), low power usage, low heat output and most of all the price tag were all reasons that we went with this as her first personal laptop.
This new style of computer device lets you quickly connect to the Internet to access email, work on online documents, watch online movies and videos, and listen to online music. For many students one of the different Chromebooks fills their basic computer needs, without breaking the bank.
After looking at the Chromebook for my daughter I would definitely recommend it to my college students and would have gotten one as my personal computer for my graduate work if I hadn't recently gotten a new Dell.
Chromebooks are a new type of computer designed to help you get things done faster and easier. Period.— Google
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Who would you get a Chromebook for?
Chromebook Makes a Great Computer for Students
After my daughters turned My New Blue Dell Laptop into my old no longer working Dell laptop we had to figure out a computer or laptop option for my teenage daughter.
With both of us parents working online from home, the option of having everyone share a computer wasn't going to work. Both of my girls are writing stories and creating graphics online, so having them share a computer or laptop wasn't going to work either.
We already had a iMac computer that my younger daughter used, so we needed to figure out an option for my older daughter. When we started looking at options and the reasons she need to be online, getting this new style of computer/laptop made a lot of sense.
First, she was already using Gmail for her email account. Second, she was using Google documents to be writing her stories and books. Third, she used Google for searching the Internet for information.
Her other main reasons for going online are to listen to music on YouTube (she doesn't have an iTunes account) or to watch YouTube makeup tutorials.
The Chromebook was a great option for us as an additional student computer. It lets her have access to the Internet, check her email, work on Google documents and listen to YouTube tunes at the same time.
Hopefully this fall we will be testing out the ability to submit homework to school while traveling. I am hoping to get her teachers on board with submitting her assignments via email and/or Google docs.
HP Chromebook on Amazon
Our choice based our our needs and computer specifications.
After looking at the different options this is the option we chose for my daughter mainly because of the 14 inch display, so she would have more working space.
Discover the Chromebook - Video
Find out about Google's option to the laptop and computer from Google Chrome.
Looks like a laptop, feels like a laptop, but isn't a laptop.
Google Chromebook Options
Acer, Samsung, HP and Pixel (Least to Most Expensive)
Different Google Laptops available on Amazon
Advantages of Using a Chromebook
The obvious appeal of the Chromebook is the price tag. Getting a basic computer for < $300.00 is appealing to many college students (and parents wanting additional computers for the family).
There are many other advantages for using Google's version of the laptop. Here are just a few:
- Boots up in seconds
- Long battery life
- Sleek thin design
- Built in security
- Light weight
- Stores documents and projects in the cloud
- Allows working for online projects
- Automatic updates
- Runs Google Android apps
- Syncs with Android phones and other devices running the Chrome browser
Google Chromebook Review by a College Student
Listen to college student John Horn with his review of the Chromebook. He highly recommends the Chromebook to college and graduate students because it creates an environment that is conducive to learning.
Disadvantages of Using a Chromebook
The main disadvantages of using Google's laptop is that it is Google based. If you are a heavy user of iTunes, Microsoft or Photoshop products, then this new computer/laptop option is likely not going to be for you.
Graphic users of online programs that run Flash can use this Google laptop.
- Not good for heavy graphics creators (unable to run Photoshop).
- Need to Use Cloud Print for Printing. (But you can easily find out about Google Cloud Printing)
- Does not have many the Microsoft Office options like PowerPoint.
- Comes with smaller screens, so limits viewing to ~ 14 inches max with the HP version.
- Not good for heavy iTune users, since music content needs to be on Google.
- Requires Internet access. Some work can be done with the laptop off line, but Chromebook is designed to be used with the Internet connection "on."
- Not good for gamers, or those wanting to play a lot of online video games.
Google Cloud Printing
Find out more about Google Cloud Printing, so printing documents from your laptop is easy to do. Cloud Printing allows you to print documents anywhere from any device.
- Google Cloud Print
Google Cloud Print is a new technology that connects your printers to the web. With Google Cloud Print, you can make your home and work printers available to you and anyone you choose.
- Connect your classic printers with Google Cloud Print - Google Cloud Print Help
Instructions on how to connect your classic printers with Google Cloud Print.
A Great Extra Computer for Traveling
Samsung Chromebook on Amazon
The Samsung Google laptop is another basic model. Some of the Samsung options come with a packaged 3G option.
A basic Google laptop at great price.
Learn More about Google's Laptop
Find out more about the features in this computer/laptop, security, how you can use this new style computer for businesses and education as well as a look at the Pixel version.
- The Samsung Chromebook Reviewed: Worth Buying, But Limited by Its Internet Dependency | MIT Technolo
Google's browser-based operating system is still shaky when offline, but Samsung's Chromebook, priced at just $249, is a decent cheap laptop.
- Chromebooks Are Taking Off - Forbes
After a rough start, Chromebooks are beginning to find their sea legs. Like the rise of smartphones and tablets, the emergence of Chromebooks is more evidence that traditional PCs are running their course.
- 5 Reasons Why Google Chromebook is the Perfect Solution for College Students
So what is the Chromebook anyway? It is a netbook if you will, one that runs Chrome, Google's desktop operating system and it comes integrated with many core Google features such as Drive, Maps, Gmail and of course search.
- HP Pavilion 14 Chromebook Review - SlashGear
HP has officially entered into the Chromebook market with their new $329 Pavilion 14 Chromebook. As a laptop, it doesn't deviate too far from HP standards,
- Who should buy a Chromebook? | CRASHCTRL
Chromebooks are netbook laptops that come pre-installed with Google's Chrome operating system. This is a Linux-based OS that is custom built to work with the web. That means anything you can do from a browser or in the cloud, this operating system wi
- Why Buy a Samsung Chromebook? | Chris Richards
I won't hide it. I love the Samsung Chromebook. But, now that I've owned one for a little while now, I want to reiterate why someone (should they be looking) would want to buy the 11.6" Samsung Chromebook.
- Why you only need a Chromebook for college (and why you don’t have one) - Adult and Childhood Educat
Unlike the firm belief that most people hold that they need a full computer, for a student, almost everything that’s needed can be accomplished with a free or cheap cloud service. Let’s break it down by use case and compare the prices* between the tw
- Alex Davis: Is A Chromebook Good For College?
After owning a Chromebook for a while and letting others test it out I have been receiving some repeating questions. They usually sound like, "Which one is the best?" or "Which one should I get?" I will attempt to answer them here.
- Why Google's New Chromebook Won't Replace Your Laptop or Tablet | Entrepreneur.com
The pros and cons of the search giant's refreshed laptop device.
More Reviews of Chromebook for College Use
Here are a few more articles with what people think about Chromebooks for college use to help you make up your mind whether this new style of computer is right for your needs.
The Ultimate Chromebook
Chromebook Pixel on Amazon
The Pixel is the ultimate Google Chromebook, one for true Google users.
The Pixel is the ultimate Google Chromebook that comes with a 12.85 inch (2560x1700) high resolution screen for great graphic display.
Not only does the Pixel function as a Google laptop, but it also has built in touch screen technology, so you can interact directly with the screen instead of using the mouse.
No annoying updates. Nothing complicated to learn. Boots in seconds. Comes with your favorite Google apps. The Chromebook makes a great additional computer for getting things done, for sharing around the home, for everyone.— Google
Enjoy Coffee with a Chromebook
Acer Chromebooks on Amazon
For the price, Acer is the best option for the Google laptop.
This Chromebook comes with a 4 hour battery.
This Chromebook comes with a 6 hour battery.
Don't Forget the Chromebook Case
Get something to carry your laptop, so it stays protected.
This black molded case will hold the 11.6 inch laptops.
A bright neon green will hold the 14 inch HP laptop.
Reviews of the Chromebook
- Living with Chromebook: Giving Google's OS a second chance | Reviews - Laptops - CNET Reviews
Prologue: How long can I survive with only a cloud-based Chrome OS laptop? Read this article by Dan Ackerman on CNET.
- Living with Chromebook: Can you use it to actually get work done? | Reviews - Laptops - CNET Reviews
The Chromebook challenge continues with productivity and workplace tests in Part 2 of our series. Read this article by Dan Ackerman on CNET.
- Your questions answered: What Chromebooks can and can't do - TechRepublic
Chromebooks start shipping on June 15, 2011, but can you actually productively work on one? Kevin Purdy answers the questions everyone is asking.
What do you think about this concept of a Google-inspired laptop?