Why buy a Chromebook?
You may have read our recent post about the popularity of ultrabooks, so-called because they combine performance with long battery life and reduced size and weight.
But if you’re a cloud advocate and want a simple and efficient laptop, you might want to consider the Chromebook.
The first wave of Chromebooks was released last year by Acer and Samsung. Interest is being piqued again as Sony is promising to release, and potentially revolutionise, the Chromebook in the coming months (keep an eye out for new developments in our Sony store).
You’ll have seen the simple adverts demonstrating the Chromebook’s fast boot time, security and ease of use, but what exactly is a Chromebook?
Put simply, a Chromebook is the internet in laptop form, hence the fast boot-up time. It’s the perfect machine for anyone already operating extensively in the cloud, as all documents, projects and media come directly from and are saved directly to the web, with a huge selection of apps in Google’s App Store allowing you to optimise your Chromebook for work and play. And since the machine itself runs no programmes other than the browser, it is able to load far faster than its laptop counterparts. Even though the device is built on the principle of having non-stop web access, apps such as Chrome’s email service and Google Docs can still be accessed offline, and changes will automatically update when connection is restored. Not that connectivity should be a problem in the majority of locations, as Chromebooks come with Wi-Fi and are 3G enabled.
Speaking of automatic updates, Chromebooks keep up to date with the most recent version of their OS automatically and conveniently, eliminating the usual update download and install routine we’re used to. And Chrome’s OS has also eliminated the need for anti-virus software, with multiple layers of protection and all data stored safely in the cloud.
Take a closer look at the Sony Chromebook in our shop, and let us know what you think of the Chromebook in the comments!