While most of your data is stored on Google Docs, there is a SSD hard drive like in most modern laptops.
ChromeBook has considerable privacy issues (Google never forgets) but will run Android apps, which may appeal to those with Android devices (as Windows 11 is supposed to do).
ChromeBooks are generally running on much less powerful hardware than their Windows equivalents. This is possible because so much of the computing is done remotely, in the Cloud via the Chrome browser and operating system.
While the computing performance may be compensated, this does not extend to the user experience of embedded hardware like cameras and video cards.
This evaluation of a ChromeBook supplied by an American school district lists some significant shortcomings:
But what I quickly discovered is that the Chrome's sound output, camera quality, and screen are inferior to our Windows-based home PCs.
Our kids have been using Chromebooks in school for years and pretty much hate them because they're just, well, cheap. Poor keyboards, tiny retina burning displays, ads, ads, ads and oh yeah, ads! — AskWoody
I'm sure there have been upgrades and options for better ChromeBooks. Just be clear on what you're getting if you purchase one.
Chromebooks may be suitable for light users, but any power user should look elsewhere.
Chromebook is promoted as safer than Windows because the applications are being run sandboxed in the cloud.
That would be great if Chrome had no zero-day vulnerabilities (unlike the Chrome browser) and the cloud wasn't being hacked all the time.
Unlike traditional operating systems, Chrome OS doesn't trust the applications you run. Each app is contained within a security sandbox making it harder for malware and viruses to infect your computer.
Yes, it is harder in a sandbox, what if the server is hacked? Remember, the cloud provides 24/7 access from anywhere in the world and is almost never shut down.
Support & Updates
Chromebook is supported for 6.5 years in the Auto Update Expiration (AUE) program. As with other operating systems like Windows, that is from the date of release, not your purchase date.
Chromebook requires connection to the Internet, so there is no option of going off-line. You'll need to replace your Chromebook when support expires.
The SSD hard drive must be securely erased before you sell or dispose of a Chromebook computer.
You can learn more about Chromebooks by visiting these sites:
Chromebook® is a registered trademark of Google.