Chromebooks: A Viable Sub-30K Laptop Option

Chromebooks: A Viable Sub-30K Laptop Option

Chromebooks: A Viable Sub-30K Laptop Option

by September 22, 2020 0 comments

According to a recent survey by CMR on organizational priorities in the post-Covid world, cloud computing has emerged as the top IT priority for most organizations. This makes everything easier to manage due to the cloud’s 24x7x365 accessibility. Chromebooks, or laptops based on Google’s ChromeOS are the perfect candidate for endpoint devices in this case. They cost lesser than traditional laptops and run everything from the cloud with minimal local storage. Here’s why they’re a compelling option to consider during these times.

How Chromebooks Evolved

Google launched the ChromeOS in June of 2011 as an alternative to Windows and Linux OS based systems. When it was initially launched, it generated a lot of hype as it was a completely web browser-based OS, with everything running from the Google cloud. With ChromeOS came Chromebooks, or notebooks running on ChromeOS out of the box. With everything running from the cloud, the idea of having an endpoint device that would access everything from the cloud was very appealing, as it would reduce the headaches associated with maintaining endpoint devices for updates, security, and other issues.

Running everything in the cloud sounds very lucrative, and Google has certainly built an entire eco-system of applications for the same. However, since the Windows eco-system dominates most of the market. They offer an ecosystem that is uniform across devices irrespective of the platform you are using. From an expensive PC that running the latest AMD or Intel processor with two GPUs in SLI or Crossfire to a budget laptop from HP or Lenovo, the OS and UI of Windows itself don’t change. Windows OS will always remain the same irrespective of the machine it is running on. Chromebooks are able to provide an alternative only to small part of this eco-system, hence they may not be talked about as much. However, a quick search on Google will tell you that major manufacturers like HP are still making Chromebooks.

Why Chromebooks?

Chromebooks are low-cost alternatives to traditional laptops. Chromebooks from HP for instance cost less than Rs. 30,000.

These devices are great for people who spend a lot of their time online. As everyone these days is working from home, they must remain connected to the Internet, which is where Chromebooks help. Moreover, Chromebooks can even work in offline mode, because your recent documents, spreadsheets, and emails are available even if you’re not connected to the Internet.

Chromebooks have MMC based storage instead of traditional SATA based hard drives, which makes them much faster. They take only a few seconds to boot due to this and the lightweight OS.

They have many security features that make them more secure. The ChromeOS itself uses sandboxing to keep different software running on the device separated for better security. The OS follows a verified booting process, which is a background check to prevent malware. Since the ChromeOS is Linux based, it provides better security than Windows.

Plus, a single Chromebook can support multiple users without compromising on anyone’s privacy.

Please check out https://store.hp.com/in-en/default/ for some good Chromebook options.

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