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Updated: 2016/10/31 by: Scott Larson

For people who are not very experienced with the wild west of the internet, I actually recommend a Chromebook instead of a Windows Laptop for the following reasons:

  • Less susceptible to malware and virus attacks.
  • Easier to use less clutter, and easier maintain (Do not need to worry about updates as much).
  • Longer battery life.

The biggest problem is knowing which model to get, they all come with different specifications. Depending on your specific needs, looking for the right one can get confusing. What you need to look out for:

Display Size: most chrome books come in 11in and 14in display sizes. The smaller the display the harder it will be in your eyes.

Display Quality: SVA or LED-lit Screens typically have problems with brightness, glare and poor viewing quality when looking at it from an angle. IPS on the other hand enhances the color quality and is superior when viewing it at angles.

Construction Quality: Carbon Fiber and Aluminum are superior to plastic construction. The cheaper the construction quality, the easier it will be to break.

Processor Performance: The speed and quality of the processor will determine the performance of its operation.

Memory-Storage Performance-Capacity: Memory determines how fast the device performs when applications are running. Storage determines how fast applications load and how much storage space you have available to store data. Chromebooks typically requires less storage space than most operating systems like Windows or MacOS. But limited storage space can also effect your ability to load pictures, music and videos onto the Chromebook depending on the size and amount of your files. As of 2016 Chromebooks usually have SSD storage devices starting at 16gb and ending at 32gb. You can also purchase a SD card that you can transfer your data to which is much easier to do by the way, freeing up the internal storage space. All Chromebooks come with a SD slot.

Network Connection: It appears that Chromebooks all come with Wifi and Ethernet, but its good to check just in case your the type of person that doesn't have WiFi and likes to wire in.

Battery Life: Chromebooks are considered to be tablet-like when it comes to batter life. Chromebooks should usually last around 8 hours before recharge so you might want to check the battery life to see if it works for you. If you plan on taking long trips where you are away from AC for long periods of time battery life is important.

Below is a list of Chromebooks I recommend in order of highest to lowest quality:

PLEASE NOTE THAT UNLIKE PC'S CHROME BOOKS HAVE LIMITED HARDWARE COMPATIBILITY. NOT ALL EXTERNAL DEVICES WILL WORK WITH A CHROME BOOK. CHECK WITH YOUR MANUFACTURER BEFORE MAKING ANY DECISIONS.



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