In a world where old does not become gold, constant re-invention is the need of the hour. With its Chromebooks, Google is trying to revolutionize computing by changing to a browser-centered model. Chromebooks are sleek, slim and can easily be disassembled. Chromebooks does not need beefy parts that a Windows-based laptop needs for performing faster and for that it relies on the Intel Atom N570 processor to power systems.
What are Chromebooks?
It is in keeping with Google’s vision of a world where people are free from the burden of a computer, thus taking cloud computing to a higher level. Chromebooks resemble the less-powerful-than-a-laptop netbooks, but rely almost entirely on Google Chrome OS. They use a mix of sophisticated web apps, HTML5 and a higher-powered version of the Chrome browser. Chromebooks are designed after laptops and computers thus leaving some trace of familiarity behind.
Where Chromebooks Fall Short?
But all is not hunky dory with the Chromebooks. The fundamental thing about the Chromebook is that it runs Chrome OS, made by Google, thus having no desktop, but a browser window. Being on the cloud operating system it functions as a device with access to internet and uses software and tools that exists on server farms than on the physical device.
The Chrome OS is a web application only, and that can be a handicap in a world which is not completely off computers or laptops. Although some apps will work offline, which is beneficial for those who travel a lot and cannot always trust internet connections to provide good coverage. However, there are not many apps that have been released that might work offline. Data entry is another troublesome thing with Chromebooks. Even though the keyboard has an excellent design with helpful shortcuts, it is complicated as far as easy typing goes.
Where Chromebooks are better than Notebooks?
Chrome will get you on to the web as fast as possible. Logging in with your Google account you can access apps that are in sync with Chrome. It also gives secure logins for different users, giving provisions for a guest user. Chrome OS has a feature called ‘Verified Boot’, where the operating system is checked for veracity at boot and you can go back to the last known good configuration if things are changed. Chrome OS are quick to boot, thus resembling a cell phone that restores its applications to active mode within 10 seconds of being switched on.
Another issue with a laptop / computer is the storage space, which users are obsessed with. The Chromebook eliminates this worry by putting everything out there on the cloud OS, and giving just 16 GB storage space. This can be a boon and a bane, boon because it helps the device function better and faster; bane because your online apps will not be stored on the space or work offline and you will always need to be logged in. Chromebooks offer two types of connectivity – integrated world-mode 3G and dual-band 802.11n wireless. But the cloud computer will let the device update automatically, without the need for spending time downloading updates for different apps, which in turn puts emphasis on a secure anti-virus.
Not everyone can and will use the Chrome OS. You can’t just replace a Maruti with a Mercedes, and same is the case with this OS. Be ready to experiment, and change the concepts associated with laptops and computers. A much important point is the price of this Chrome OS. Watch out for the revolution on the webbed world and your pockets.