What Is a Chromebook?

If you spend a lot of your time online, then chances are you’re probably doing that via a browser. And when it comes to browsers, there are many options – Microsoft’s Explorer, Apple’s Safari, Mozilla’s Firefox and Google’s Chrome.

Google’s Chrome Browser has become one of the biggest browsers in the world, with features such as the omnibrowser which allow you to both search and type in URLs in the same area, and Instant which prepares your chosen page for viewing even before you’ve finished typing in the address in the omnibar.

Chrome has evolved into its own operating system, Chrome OS. The Chrome OS is, in simple terms, a computing environment based entirely on the browser environment. It has its own app store and is fully integrated with all of Google’s sign-in services, including Gmail, Calendar, Google plus and Google Drive.

Chromebooks are notebooks that run on the Chrome OS platform. The keyboard is tweaked for shortcuts related to Chrome functions, and it’s an ideal second PC for someone that uses online (and Google services) regularly.

We’re excited to now carry the Samsung Chromebook, with an 11 inch screen, a dual core processor, 2GB RAM and 16GB solid state storage. For connectivity there is a HDMI output, two USBs – one standard and one superspeed, and an SD Card slot. The Chromebook stays connected online via an 802.11 a/b/g/n wireless LAN. The battery will last around 6 hours, and it also has a webcam.

Specs aside, there are quite a few reasons to consider a Chromebook as your backup or second notebook, especially if you are already a google account user.

Inexpensive: Without a doubt, if you compare the price of this to any other notebook in our range, it will come first (or close first) if you sort by price from lowest to highest. And for the screen and keyboard size, it really is money well spent if you are a heavy keyboard pounder while online.

Fast bootup: Despite the price difference, this is one area that Chromebooks can go toe-to-toe with the more heavily featured Ultrabooks, and that is boot up time. Chrome OS is very lean and isn’t much more than launching a more sophisticated version of the browser, albeit with a file management and total PC settings support system. For quick status updates or email checks, the speed is terrific.

Multiple users: You can share your Chromebook with confidence as other users can set up their own profile, or even as a guest, where all their browser history and downloads are deleted at logoff.

Automatic updates: Just like the Chrome Browser, updates are pushed to the Chromebook without the user needing to get involved – no patches or service packs.

Free cloud storage: Using a Chromebook pretty much depends on you using cloud based storage. One benefit is that if you happen to misplace your Chromebook, or a stranger picks it up, there is no locally stores data – you could literally pick up a new Chromebook, sign in and you’d be able to pick up right where you left off. Right now, owning this Chromebook gives you 100GB of Google Drive Storage free, for two years.

Many apps work offline: Even if you are offline and need to work on a document, this is possible with some major apps now available to use offline, including Google Docs, Gmail, calendar, as well as a whole set of third party apps and games, the list of which is growing all the time.

Hopefully this gives you a good overview of the Samsung Chromebook and the Chrome OS.

Have a great weekend!

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