It’s been almost 10 years since the debut of the first Chromebook, and since then the affordable, web-based wonder has come a long way. What was once a cheaper, but functionally limited alternative to the conventional laptop, is now the primary PC for many users. In this guide, we’re going to give you a basic outline of the modern Chromebook, including everything you need to know to help decide if a Chromebook is right for you.
What Is a Chromebook?
Generally speaking, Chromebooks are a type of laptop computer. They look like laptops, they serve the same general purpose, and in many ways, they function like traditional laptops. But what sets them apart from the more conventional computers is the fact that Chromebooks primarily run web-based software, which users must access through their Chromebook’s cloud-based operating system, Chrome OS.
Obviously, this online-only approach to software differs greatly from traditional laptop computers, which store the bulk of their software locally on disk. And therein lies the biggest distinction between the two: a Chromebook must always be connected to the Internet to function effectively. Otherwise it’s just a limited, barely functioning husk of a laptop computer.