Google Chromebooks finally are coming to the real market of laptops and they are already winning. They are light, inexpensive, and seem born to live connected to the cloud.
In the United States, they are widespread, over 40 million students and teachers use Chromebooks worldwide. Now Google has decided to bring the new generation of Chromebook laptops to many more places in the world and to bring the Mountain View Chrome OS operating system alternative to Microsoft’s Windows to the masses. The latest PC line has been developed with four manufacturers – Acer, Asus, HP, and Lenovo – who have expanded their offer of laptops and 2-in-1s.
With the Chromebooks, first, you’re safe and don’t get viruses or trojans or anything else like in macOS or Windows, because Chrome OS is built on top of Linux. Chrome OS is a Linux kernel-based operating system designed by Google. It is derived from the free software Chromium OS and uses the Google Chrome web browser as its principal user interface.
Google launched the Chromebooks in 2010 and they are mainly popular in the USA, wherein in the fourth quarter of 2019, they accounted for 24% of retail notebooks. The Chromebooks are PCs that focus heavily on the school world, on the light tasks, and on the online works. But you can do anything with them, also developing and gaming.
For example, Lenovo has released the Duet Chromebook, a 10-inch 2-in-1 that runs Chrome OS. This is a really fun device to use, it is easy to flip between laptop and tablet use because it has included kickstand, keyboard, and touchpad. You can run also Linux as a custom container under Chrome OS and it costs only 279$/€.
You can do all you want with it, you’re safe and it is not expensive. What do you need more?
References and resources
- A smart computer – Switch to Chromebook – https://www.google.com/chromebook/
- Chromium OS – The Chromium Projects – https://www.chromium.org/chromium-os
- Chrome OS – From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chrome_OS