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Chromebook

Performance Issues | Security | Learning More | Chromium OS

 

Chromebooks are laptops and other devices that run Chrome OS, a Linux-based operating system designed by Google.

While Chromebook offers a less expensive computing experience, it requires a full-time Internet connection for most functions (it is essentially a cloud-based operating system).

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).

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Performance Issues

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.

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Security

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.

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. — Google

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.

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Learning More

You can learn more about Chromebooks by visiting these sites:

Chromebook® is a registered trademark of Google.

 

Chromium OS

Chromium OS is an open-source project that aims to build an operating system that provides a fast, simple, and more secure computing experience for people who spend most of their time on the web. — The Chromium Projects

Google released the Chromium OS open source project in 2009.

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Updated: November 5, 2021