Google’s Chrome Browser has become one of the most used browsers in the world. 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 Toshiba Chromebook, with a 13.3 inch screen, an Intel dual core processor, 2GB RAM and 16GB solid state storage. For connectivity there is a full size HDMI output, two USB three ports, and an SD Card slot. The Chromebook stays connected online via a high speed N wireless LAN. The battery will last close to 10 hours, and it also has a webcam.
Specs aside, there are quite a few reasons to consider this Chromebook as your backup or second notebook, especially if you are already a google account user.
First, it’s inexpensive. If you compare the price of this to any other notebook in our range, it will easily top the list for best value thirteen inch notebook.. And for keyboard size, it really is money well spent if you are a heavy keyboard pounder while online.
Despite the price difference, one area that Chromebooks can go toe-to-toe with any other notebook or Ultrabook 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.
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.
Just like the Chrome Browser, updates are pushed to the Chromebook without the user needing to get involved – no patches or service packs.
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 stored data – you could literally pick up a new Chromebook, sign in and you’d be able to pick up right where you left off. And right now, owning this Chromebook gives you 100GB of Google Drive Storage free, for two years.
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.
That’s the Toshiba Chromebook – great value, highly productive and an awesome second notebook.