10 reasons to choose a Chromebook for studying
If you’re after a day-to-day laptop that won’t break the bank, then see what Google’s Chromebook can do for you…
1. You can buy one for under £200
Yes, it's possible to get your hands on a laptop for less than £200 - though prices will vary. There are loads to choose from – Acer, Asus, HP and Samsung – each with their own price tag. You'll get a super-portable laptop that's perfect for on the go.
Why so affordable?
‘Regular’ laptops need more memory for storing documents and software – processors, RAM and hard drives push up the price. Chromebooks, in their simplicity and affordability, are perfect for schoolchildren and college students who aren’t looking for the fanciest software.
2. You can work on essays and spreadsheets
Whether it’s an essay for English or a physics report, the Chromebook is good to go with built-in apps for word processing (Docs) and spreadsheets (Sheets).
Google Docs has a similar layout to Microsoft Word. With Google Docs, you can:
- Insert images and tables into your report
- Run spellcheck and view word counts
- Add bullet points, numbers and bold text
- Tweak margins, spacing, fonts, and colours
Advanced Word users will find some things missing – for instance, there’s no ability to track changes.
3. Android apps bring Word and Skype
If you prefer working in Microsoft Word, don’t worry – you can download the Office for Android app via Google Play.
So you can use the apps you’ve had on your Android phone or tablet on your laptop. Say hello to Skype, Adobe Photoshop Express and gaming on Minecraft.
4. Your work is saved securely online
On a conventional laptop your work is saved to the machine. But with a Chromebook files are saved online to Google Drive. This is Google’s secure online storage service and you're given a chunk of free space here when you buy a Chromebook.
Your work is automatically saved as you type – no more sleepless nights over lost assignments.
5. Antivirus comes built-in (and updates automatically)
Your Chromebook will automatically update with the latest anti-virus software so you can forget about having to do it yourself.
Every time your Chromebook turns on it will check for updates and install any that come up – no need to restart.
6. They start up incredibly quickly
Chromebooks boot-up super fast. Switch it on and it’ll be running in under 10 seconds – so you can say goodbye to long load times.
7. You can access your files from anywhere
Because your files are saved online rather than to your actual laptop, you can access them from any device anywhere – all you need is an internet connection.
So, should anything ever happen to your Chromebook, your work will never be lost.
8. Work collaboratively on them
Work on a group assignment without being in the same room. With Chromebook you can all see and edit the same file at the same time. Simply hit the Share and Save button, type in the email addresses of your colleagues and voila – one shared document.
9. They're great for Netflix and Google Play
Chromebooks aren’t all work and no play. They’re built for entertainment too. Watch Riverdale or Nailed it! via the Netflix app or download a movie from Google Play.
Like to box set binge? The checkout the Asus Chromebook Flip. It looks like a regular laptop but its clever 2-in-1 design lets you flip the screen back against the keyboard and use it like a touchscreen tablet. Or flick it into tent mode – an upturned V shape – for uninterrupted viewing.
10. You can work offline
Chromebooks are designed to be used when connected to the internet – but there are things you can do when not online. Like:
- Write and send emails in Gmail - as soon as you’re back online the email will be sent
- Check your next appointment in your calendar
- View and edit your reports and essays
Chromebook vs Windows laptop – what’s the difference?
You can do everything on a Chromebook that you can on a Windows laptop – just with a few subtle differences.
Chromebooks are built to get the best from Google's suite of online services and its Chrome operating system. Gmail, Google Maps, YouTube and Google Docs are all built-in.
Everything is web-app based – so you don't need to install software on your laptop. Instead, use app versions of favourites like Word or Adobe – available for download from Google Play Store.
And instead of saving to your laptop’s hard drive, you save files to Google Drive – its secure cloud storage. To get the best from the Chromebook you need to be connected to the internet – though they do work for some things offline too.
Ready to join the wonderful world of Chromebook? Find yours here