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Chromebook is a User Friendly Everyday and College Laptop

Updated on August 12, 2013

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.

HP Chromebook from TG Testlab. Used under a Creative Commons License.

Chromebooks are a new type of computer designed to help you get things done faster and easier. Period.

— Google

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Image by Clive Darra
Image by Clive Darra

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.

Google Laptop by Clive Darra. Used under a Creative Commons License

HP Chromebook on Amazon

Our choice based our our needs and computer specifications.

HP Pavilion Chromebook 14-c010us 14-Inch Laptop (Black)
HP Pavilion Chromebook 14-c010us 14-Inch Laptop (Black)

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:


  1. Boots up in seconds
  2. Long battery life
  3. Sleek thin design
  4. Built in security
  5. Light weight
  6. Stores documents and projects in the cloud
  7. Allows working for online projects
  8. Automatic updates
  9. Runs Google Android apps
  10. 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.


  1. Not good for heavy graphics creators (unable to run Photoshop).
  2. Need to Use Cloud Print for Printing. (But you can easily find out about Google Cloud Printing)
  3. Does not have many the Microsoft Office options like PowerPoint.
  4. Comes with smaller screens, so limits viewing to ~ 14 inches max with the HP version.
  5. Not good for heavy iTune users, since music content needs to be on Google.
  6. 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."
  7. 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.

A Great Extra Computer for Traveling

Image by slgckgc
Image by slgckgc

A New Computer Toy by slgckgc

Used under a Creative Commons License.

Samsung Chromebook

Samsung Chromebook on Amazon

The Samsung Google laptop is another basic model. Some of the Samsung options come with a packaged 3G option.

Samsung Chromebook (Wi-Fi, 11.6-Inch) 2012 Model
Samsung Chromebook (Wi-Fi, 11.6-Inch) 2012 Model

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.

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.

Chromebook Pixel

The Ultimate Chromebook

Chromebook Pixel on Amazon

The Pixel is the ultimate Google Chromebook, one for true Google users.

Google Chromebook Pixel 2013 (WiFi) with 12.85" LCD Display Intel i5-3427U 4GB DDR3 RAM and 32GB SSD
Google Chromebook Pixel 2013 (WiFi) with 12.85" LCD Display Intel i5-3427U 4GB DDR3 RAM and 32GB SSD

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

Image by Vernon Chan
Image by Vernon Chan

Samsung 4G Chromebook by Vernon Chan. Used under a Creative Commons License

Acer Chromebook

Acer Chromebooks on Amazon

For the price, Acer is the best option for the Google laptop.

Chromebook Accessories

Don't Forget the Chromebook Case

Get something to carry your laptop, so it stays protected.

Case Logic QNS-111 11.6" Chromebook/MacBook Air/Surface 3 Sleeve (Black)
Case Logic QNS-111 11.6" Chromebook/MacBook Air/Surface 3 Sleeve (Black)

This black molded case will hold the 11.6 inch laptops.

 
VanGoddy Neoprene Sleeve Cover for HP 14-inch Laptops (Green)
VanGoddy Neoprene Sleeve Cover for HP 14-inch Laptops (Green)

A bright neon green will hold the 14 inch HP laptop.

 

What do you think about this concept of a Google-inspired laptop?

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 4 years ago from Northern California

      @GregoryMoore: I think it is a great option for college students and kids especially for those who are already on Google a lot.

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      Gregory Moore 4 years ago from Louisville, KY

      I remember when the Google PC came out and not a lot of people gave it a chance. I think Google is on the right track with their Chromebook.