Why are Google Chromebook’s so great?

Google’s Chromebook’s just hit a huge milestone as they outsold Apple Macs in the US for the first time. This is a sign that a lot of people are looking for cheap, capable computers.

And soon, they’re getting a huge update that’ll let them run Android apps. Here’s why Chromebook’s are so great, and why you’ll probably want to buy one soon.

1. Versatility.

They are available in all shapes and sizes, so you can find the right form factor to fit your needs. For example, some models, like the Asus Chromebook Flip (pictured here), have touchscreen’s and can fold over into a “tablet mode.” You can also get Chromebook’s with any screen size, ranging from 10-inches to 15-inches.


2. Price.

You can get a good Chromebook about one-fifth the cost of a 13-inch MacBook Air. But although they’re cheap, they’re not of low quality. All the major computer brands like HP, Asus, and Samsung make excellent Chromebook’s. However, Google’s own Chromebook Pixel, which has a sharp touchscreen and beautiful design, costs around the same as a Macbook. It’s nice, but you probably don’t need to spend that much to get the full Chromebook experience.


3. Google Services.

If you use Google’s services for email, chatting, calendar, cloud storage, or anything else, the Chromebook is a great computer for you. The Chromebook’s operating system is a modified version of the Chrome web browser, which means it uses Google apps for all the standard stuff you want to do. Just sign into your Google account once and you’re good to go.


4. Android Apps.

Later in the year, Chromebook’s will get a software update that will allow them to run Android apps downloaded from the Google Play store. Right now, Chromebook’s only let you use services that can run in a web browser. Soon, you’ll be able to run native apps in separate windows, sort of like you would on a “normal” PC. Native apps tend to run faster and work better than web apps. Plus you don’t always need an internet connection to use them. This is going to be a huge update for Chromebook’s.


5. Hard Drive Space.

Chromebook’s only have about 16 or 32 GB of storage. That’s fine for a smartphone, but we tend to store a lot more data on our computers. However, it’s no problem with Chromebook’s, where you store most of your files and documents in Google Drive, Google’s cloud storage service. You can still save some of your files for offline use, but the idea is to keep everything in the cloud until you need it. For photos, you can use Google Photos, which gives you unlimited storage if you store your photos at reduced quality.


Between the cheap cost and the impending update that’ll allow you to run Android apps, Chromebook’s will soon become must-have laptops for a lot of people. For those of you who just want to run basic apps and browse the internet, Chromebook’s will be perfect.