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Chromebook: Which laptop to choose?

2021-07-28T16:59:19.509Z

Chromebooks have come a long way! Once considered too technically limited devices, they now represent a good in



More efficient and ergonomic than in their beginnings, Chromebooks have become serious competitors to laptops based on Windows. If your use of a nomadic computer revolves around office automation, the Internet and streaming video, then these devices have quite a few arguments to appeal to you. With the excellent Chrome OS as an operating system, Chromebooks integrate all of Google's services (Google Drive and others), which can even be accessed without an internet connection. This can be particularly useful for continuing to work on your files, no matter where you are. In addition, the prices are generally much more attractive than those charged by the competition. The offers being indeed more and more numerous, it does notis not necessarily easy to navigate. Our selection of the best Chromebooks is here to help you see a little more clearly and find the model that meets your expectations.

our selection 

  • Chromebook CB514-1HT-C1SQ, Acer  

  • IdeaPad Duet 2-in-1 Touch Chromebook, Lenovo

  • Chromebook 14a-ca0000nf, HP

  • Chromebook x360 12, HP

  • Chromebook Spin 513 Touch, Acer

  • Chromebook CM3200FVA-HW0015, Asus

  • Chromebook C523NA-A20071, Asus

  • Chromebook IdeaPad Flex 5, Lenovo

  • Chromebook Spin 514 Touch, Acer

  • Chromebook Pixelbook Go, Google

  • Who is a Chromebook for?

    If Chromebooks are not lacking in arguments as they can be practical and efficient, they are not intended for all types of users. This is why it is advisable to determine upstream what your needs are before knowing whether to crack or not. If you're looking for a machine to do video editing, photo editing, computer graphics, or any other activity that requires you to work in depth with this type of file, a Chromebook won't really be able to meet your expectations. In fact, this is sometimes feasible, but with much less technical resources than with a classic laptop PC. Likewise, if you are a gamer looking for a computer equipped with enough power to run the latest big games that will blow your mind, you will be disappointed, and not just a little.Chromebooks are definitely not equipped for this.

    So who are these machines ultimately for? To a lot of people in fact. Starting with

    those who use a computer only for office automation

    . Writing with a word processor, using spreadsheets or any other similar task is done naturally on a Chromebook. All the more so that we find the Google Drive suite (Docs, Sheets, Slides, etc.) which is an excellent alternative to Microsoft Office. Automatically saved on Google's servers (like when you use Drive on any PC), you can also find your documents and your latest emails offline. This does not prevent Word, Excel and PowerPoint from being available through the Google Play Store, if you want to stay in the Microsoft environment. In fact, if you are a student or a professional who needs to have your work and files easily at hand (no matter where you are),the Chromebook can quickly establish itself as a partner of choice. Especially since in terms of battery, you can count up to 8, 10, even 15 hours of autonomy, even if this varies according to the models. Another advantage: the inclusion of virtual desktops. Ideal for organizing multiple workspaces within your Chromebook. Of course, if some of your software and accessories are dedicated exclusively to the PC, it's going to get stuck on a Chromebook. This is important to keep in mind. But if the use of your main PC (at home or at the office) relies on Google services, the configuration of your new Chromebook will be done in a few clicks and you will be back in the blink of an eye.impose as a partner of choice. Especially since in terms of battery, you can count up to 8, 10, even 15 hours of autonomy, even if this varies according to the models. Another advantage: the inclusion of virtual desktops. Ideal for organizing multiple workspaces within your Chromebook. Of course, if some of your software and accessories are dedicated exclusively to the PC, it's going to get stuck on a Chromebook. This is important to keep in mind. But if the use of your main PC (at home or at the office) relies on Google services, the configuration of your new Chromebook will be done in a few clicks and you will be back in the blink of an eye.impose as a partner of choice. Especially since in terms of battery, you can count up to 8, 10, even 15 hours of autonomy, even if this varies according to the models. Another advantage: the inclusion of virtual desktops. Ideal for organizing multiple workspaces within your Chromebook. Of course, if some of your software and accessories are dedicated exclusively to the PC, it's going to get stuck on a Chromebook. This is important to keep in mind. But if the use of your main PC (at home or at the office) relies on Google services, the configuration of your new Chromebook will be done in a few clicks and you will be back in the blink of an eye.even 15 hours of autonomy, even if this varies according to the models. Another advantage: the inclusion of virtual desktops. Ideal for organizing multiple workspaces within your Chromebook. Of course, if some of your software and accessories are dedicated exclusively to the PC, it's going to get stuck on a Chromebook. This is important to keep in mind. But if the use of your main PC (at home or at the office) relies on Google services, the configuration of your new Chromebook will be done in a few clicks and you will be back in the blink of an eye.even 15 hours of autonomy, even if this varies according to the models. Another advantage: the inclusion of virtual desktops. Ideal for organizing multiple workspaces within your Chromebook. Of course, if some of your software and accessories are dedicated exclusively to the PC, it's going to get stuck on a Chromebook. This is important to keep in mind. But if the use of your main PC (at home or at the office) relies on Google services, the configuration of your new Chromebook will be done in a few clicks and you will be back in the blink of an eye.if some of your software and accessories are exclusively dedicated to the PC, it will get stuck on a Chromebook. This is important to keep in mind. But if the use of your main PC (at home or at the office) relies on Google services, the configuration of your new Chromebook will be done in a few clicks and you will be back in the blink of an eye.if some of your software and accessories are exclusively dedicated to the PC, it will get stuck on a Chromebook. This is important to keep in mind. But if the use of your main PC (at home or at the office) relies on Google services, setting up your new Chromebook will be done in a few clicks and you will be back in the blink of an eye.

    The Chromebook can also blend in with home use

    . Checking emails, going on the internet to book train tickets and watching some videos on YouTube and Netflix, all of this is done in the same way as on a regular PC. With great flexibility in use, a good Chromebook can quickly become a very effective work companion. Various options have been designed to make your life easier, such as the Everything button whose function is to find a file or program in the blink of an eye without having to leave the interface displayed on the screen. And why not take advantage of the machine's excellent autonomy to surf the Internet or watch series on the go? A good Chromebook can also make all the difference when used on the go. On the video game side, as specified above, there is noIt's not really possible to enjoy the titles that usually thrill PCs but with access to Android apps, a galaxy of little games are at your fingertips. To make the most of it, we recommend that you get a Chromebook equipped with a touchscreen. There is also another possibility: cloud gaming. Requiring a very good internet connection, services like Nvidia GeForce Now can give you access to big games through streaming. The gaming component must in any case be taken as an aside because it is clear that passionate players will set their sights on other types of machines. Finally,To make the most of it, we recommend that you get a Chromebook equipped with a touchscreen. There is also another possibility: cloud gaming. Requiring a very good internet connection, services like Nvidia GeForce Now can give you access to big games through streaming. The gaming component must in any case be taken as an aside because it is clear that passionate players will set their sights on other types of machines. Finally,To make the most of it, we recommend that you get a Chromebook equipped with a touchscreen. There is also another possibility: cloud gaming. Requiring a very good internet connection, services like Nvidia GeForce Now can give you access to big games through streaming. The gaming component must in any case be taken as an aside because it is clear that passionate players will set their sights on other types of machines. Finally,The gaming component must in any case be taken as an aside because it is clear that passionate players will set their sights on other types of machines. Finally,The gaming component must in any case be taken as an aside because it is clear that passionate players will set their sights on other types of machines. Finally,

    Chromebooks are also ideal for satisfying people with little experience

    and even some of our seniors who would not have taken the computer train in motion.

    In addition to some of the qualities listed above in these lines, these computers provide fast startup, automatic updates and a built-in security system (not requiring an anti-virus installation).

    Enough to reassure novices without overwhelming them with instructions and tasks to be carried out to make their equipment operational.

    Choosing the right chromebook

    As you can see, there are many reasons to fall for a Chromebook-type laptop. If your choice is made and you are about to take the plunge, there are some essential criteria to take into account. As we have seen,

    generous autonomy, ease of use and the Google environment are the pillars that support each model.

    . But in the details, there can be big differences between some Chromebooks and it is best to target one that can totally meet your needs. The model selection presented in this file already shows the strengths and weaknesses that can make the difference. This data must be put into perspective with the uses you reserve for your future Chromebook. Let's start with autonomy which, if it is indeed very efficient overall, can vary greatly depending on the machine. This of course depends on what is embedded in the computer but also on its design. In any case, from the perspective of nomadic use, it is better to have a model that can hold the ramp for at least ten hours, and this after a full charge.If your Chromebook is going to be at home most of the time, battery performance may seem less important. But within the home, being able to take your computer from one room to another without worrying too much about autonomy is also an appreciable luxury. The size of the device is also an important parameter because, inevitably, the more you are called to take it on your travels, the more a compact and light template is required. Note that a tight keyboard can pose ergonomic concerns for some people.The size of the device is also an important parameter because, inevitably, the more you are called to take it on your travels, the more a compact and light template is required. Note that a tight keyboard can pose ergonomic concerns for some people.The size of the device is also an important parameter because, inevitably, the more you are called to take it on your travels, the more a compact and light template is required. Note that a tight keyboard can pose ergonomic concerns for some people.

    You should also check if a screen size that is too small will not affect your visual comfort. Still concerning the screen, make sure that it is of quality in terms of resolution and brightness. Let's talk about the storage problem, which is not very high on a Chromebook since one of its specificities is to store mass in the cloud via Google Drive. However, if you want to keep a few thin files on the hard drive (before transferring them elsewhere), remember to take a good look at the number of gigabytes allocated by the manufacturer (32, 64, 128 or 256 GB). An SSD hard drive, much faster in processing data, is obviously a plus (which will nevertheless be felt on the price). And then there is the RAM which manages the operations requested from the machine. Without surprise,the larger it is, the faster your Chromebook will respond to your requests. For example, a model housing 4 GB of RAM will be perfect for simple office automation and surfing the Internet. But for more delicate operations that are rarely compatible with a Chromebook, such as photo editing for example, 16 GB of on-board RAM is the union minimum. In addition, it may be interesting to check how many USB ports are available in order to be able to connect USB sticks, a mouse or even a headset. And then of course, there is the price! This is fixed by all the criteria that we have just mentioned. It's up to you to determine the model that perfectly matches your specifications without compromising your bank account too much.the faster your Chromebook will respond to your requests. For example, a model housing 4 GB of RAM will be perfect for simple office automation and surfing the Internet. But for more delicate operations that are rarely compatible with a Chromebook, such as photo editing for example, 16 GB of on-board RAM is the union minimum. In addition, it may be interesting to check how many USB ports are available so that you can connect USB sticks, a mouse or even a headset. And then of course, there is the price! This is fixed by all the criteria that we have just mentioned. It's up to you to determine the model that perfectly matches your specifications without compromising your bank account too much.the faster your Chromebook will respond to your requests. For example, a model housing 4 GB of RAM will be perfect for simple office automation and surfing the Internet. But for more delicate operations that are rarely compatible with a Chromebook, such as photo editing for example, 16 GB of on-board RAM is the union minimum. In addition, it may be interesting to check how many USB ports are available so that you can connect USB sticks, a mouse or even a headset. And then of course, there is the price! This is fixed by all the criteria that we have just mentioned. It's up to you to determine the model that perfectly matches your specifications without compromising your bank account too much.a model housing 4 GB of RAM will be perfect for simple office automation and internet browsing. But for more delicate operations that are rarely compatible with a Chromebook, such as photo editing for example, 16 GB of on-board RAM is the union minimum. In addition, it may be interesting to check how many USB ports are available in order to be able to connect USB sticks, a mouse or even a headset. And then of course, there is the price! This is fixed by all the criteria that we have just mentioned. It's up to you to determine the model that perfectly matches your specifications without compromising your bank account too much.a model housing 4 GB of RAM will be perfect for simple office automation and internet browsing. But for more delicate operations that are rarely compatible with a Chromebook, such as photo editing for example, 16 GB of on-board RAM is the union minimum. In addition, it may be interesting to check how many USB ports are available so that you can connect USB sticks, a mouse or even a headset. And then of course, there is the price! This is fixed by all the criteria that we have just mentioned. It's up to you to determine the model that perfectly matches your specifications without compromising your bank account too much.16 GB of on-board RAM is the union minimum. In addition, it may be interesting to check how many USB ports are available in order to be able to connect USB sticks, a mouse or even a headset. And then of course, there is the price! This is fixed by all the criteria that we have just mentioned. It's up to you to determine the model that perfectly matches your specifications without compromising your bank account too much.16 GB of on-board RAM is the union minimum. In addition, it may be interesting to check how many USB ports are available so that you can connect USB sticks, a mouse or even a headset. And then of course, there is the price! This is fixed by all the criteria that we have just mentioned. It's up to you to determine the model that perfectly matches your specifications without compromising your bank account too much.It's up to you to determine the model that perfectly matches your specifications without compromising your bank account too much.It's up to you to determine the model that perfectly matches your specifications without compromising your bank account too much.

    Laptop PC, Chromebook, Ultrabook, Netbook: what are the differences?

    In recent years, the diversification of the offer in terms of laptops has given rise to different names.

    It is not easy to navigate at first glance between Chromebooks, laptops, Ultrabooks, Notebooks and Netbooks.

    Having said that, you will see that in the end nothing is that complicated.

    As we have seen, the Chromebook runs on Chrome OS and performs well for office automation as well as internet browsing.

    When it comes to a laptop PC running Windows, this opens up more possibilities for manipulating images and videos, not to mention access to the latest video games.

    . It is also the assurance that most of the star software and peripherals on the market are 100% compatible. For work and leisure, the PC ensures you always get back on your feet, of course with a recent configuration and at least mid-range. But smaller, more modest laptops at much more attractive prices do exist. This is the mission of the

    Netbook, a low-power mini-laptop with low storage capacity.

    . With a very decent autonomy, a screen between 8 and 13 inches, the Netbook can perfectly accompany you from morning to evening for office automation or as an auxiliary device. Simple to use and easy to transport, it can be purchased for less than € 300. Be careful not to confuse the Netbook with the Notebook. The Notebook is simply a classic laptop PC in its philosophy but with a slimmer than average silhouette. As for the Ultrabook, it represents in a way the anti Netbook.

    The Ultrabook is a compact machine (between 10 and 14 inches) but much more powerful

    . Originally pushed by Intel, this standard aims to compete with the MacBook Air from Apple. With a price range that can go from 500 to 2000 € on average (the most expensive models being unsurprisingly the most efficient), Ultrabooks are intended for those who want a powerful but light laptop. To continue working on your photo and video montages, choose models with an Intel Core or AMD Ryzen processor. Chromebook, classic laptop PC, Ultrabook or Notebook: the choice is vast, the prices varied and the possibilities almost endless. Whatever your budget, you will inevitably find a laptop to fill you!


    Source: leparis

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