If you’re looking for a new laptop, you might see the word ‘Chromebook’ pop up every now and then. We’ve found that most people want a laptop that lets you shop online, stream, work and game, but they don’t know that the mighty Chromebook can tick those boxes. In this guide we’ll take you through all the pros of having a Chromebook and everything they’re good for, so you can decide if one is right for you.
Chromebooks are fast, simple and secure laptops. The reason they’re slightly different is because they run on Chrome OS (Google’s very own operating system), whereas others use Windows or Mac. The rest of the hardware that powers Chromebooks comes from some of the best brands, like Samsung, HP, Acer, Asus and Lenovo – and Google have a few of their own too. They all come with Google Play Store to download all kinds of apps. Take your pick from YouTube, Microsoft Office, Spotify and many others. And when it comes to saving files, instead of blocking up the hard drive, you can store everything online in the Cloud. Simple.
Because the Chrome operating system boots up in seconds, it’ll always be ready when you are. So, you’ll be first in line for pre-sale event tickets or to shop the online sales. Or, when you’re trying to meet a deadline, the built-in Google Assistant helps you multitask by answering any questions as you type out an essay. Plus, the Everything Button finds your files quickly.
* An Internet connection is required to enable the Google Assistant.
When you first get a Chromebook, setting it up is easy. By just logging in with your existing Google account, you’ll already have access to your photos, files and any saved bookmarks on your browser. Lots of Chromebooks have a long-lasting battery life too (some have up to 12 hours). This means that when you’re out, you don’t need to worry about plug sockets, and they’re great for keeping you entertained on your travels.
Buying a Chromebook means you won’t have to fork out extra to stay safe online. It comes with layers of security to keep you and your data safe while you’re scrolling your feeds and watching videos. And it updates automatically, saving you any faff or worry.
With the Google Play store, you’ll find an app to do almost anything. There’s Microsoft Office, Excel and PowerPoint for any school or office work. As well as entertainment platforms, like Netflix and Disney+, for streaming films on your hard-earned break.
*Additional functionality available with a Microsoft 365 subscription. Microsoft® Word, Excel®, and PowerPoint® are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.
When it comes to everyday jobs, Chromebooks have no problem running a bunch of apps at once. So, you’ll be able to message your friends about plans in town, while mapping your journey and listening to music.
Chromebooks are usually quite small and compact, making them great for taking to lectures, setting up in a café, or just carrying around the house.
From the online food shop to your kids’ homework, Chromebooks are well-suited for busy families. Because they’re so easy to use, even Granddad will be able to join in the fun. Not only that, but you can all have your own account, so you won’t see anyone else’s bookmarks or files. And to make sure everyone’s safe, the Family Link app lets you set screen time limits and block certain websites.
Because they’re so simple and secure, they’re great for students. Whether you’re in school or off to Uni, their light design is great for slipping in your bag and carrying to class. And with lots of apps at your fingertips, not only will there be something to help you write that essay, but you’ll be able to download Netflix, Disney+ or Stadia to play your favourite films or games.
Whether you’re in the office or working from home, Chromebooks are a great desk staple. Because you save all your files on an online account in the Cloud, you can share links with other members of your team, so you can all work on a project together, in real time. They even come with Google Docs, Sheets and Slides for any projects or presentations. Or if you’d prefer to work with what you know, you can use Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel by downloading them in the app store or jumping online.
This Flip Chromebook is an everyday laptop and tablet all in one. You’ll have no problem streaming a film or shopping online, as it’s got an Intel® Core™ i5 processor and 8GB of RAM. Plus, the 14-inch Full HD touchscreen has a 360-degree hinge, so you can keep it as a laptop, fold it all the way back, or prop it up at the perfect angle for watching a movie. It’s also great for carrying around, and it has a 10-hour battery life, making it ideal for passing time on your commute or a long flight. It also has:
Enjoy 3 months free, and explore a library of 30+ titles.
Play all your videos and music, ad-free for 3 months.
Get a one-year subscription to Google One storage. Here you’ll have 100GB of space, and you’ll be able to sign-in on different devices to view and edit your docs.
From Canva to Tayasui Sketches, there’s different art and design apps that you can trial or download.
*Terms and Conditions apply. For more information go to https://www.google.com/intl/en_uk/chromebook/perks/.
A Chromebook is a laptop - it just runs on Google’s Chrome operating system, whereas other laptops use Windows or Mac. Because the operating system is so simple, it’s easy to use and Chromebooks can boot up in seconds. Chromebooks also update their operating systems automatically and come with built-in virus protection.
Absolutely – Chromebooks can do all kinds of things. The Google Play store is filled with lots of apps for both work and play, making it great for families, students and work. You can also download Stadia to jump online and play your favourite games. Or, if you’re more of a creative at heart, there’s lots of design and editing apps to explore, such as KineMaster, Photopea and Canva.
No, Chromebooks don’t support Windows.
Yes! They’re really portable, making them great for carrying around Uni, and the online storage means you can save a doc on the Chromebook and go back and edit it from your phone.
Yes, you can download, edit and convert most Microsoft files like Word, PowerPoint and Excel. You can either do this by downloading the file to the Chromebook, or logging into your Microsoft 365 account online.
Switching over is really simple. Grab your old laptop, click on Chrome and make sure you’re signed into your Google account. Then, you’ll need to back up any photos and files on the Google Drive. When you get your Chromebook, sign-in using the same account. Once you’re up and running, not only will you have access to all your photos and files, but all your bookmarks and passwords will be there too.
Yes, you can edit any documents when you’re offline, and they’ll update when you’re connected to the WiFi again.
Yes, your Chromebook can sync up to your phone to do all kinds of things. You can log into your Chromebook using the same account as your Android phone, so you’ll have access to any music, photos and more. Plus, if the WiFi drops, it can link up to your phone’s data, or connect automatically to other networks that you use on your mobile.