The Chromebook was first introduced on July 11, 2011. What was originally derided as nothing more than a laptop with a web browser has grown into something much bigger to the point where these easy-to-use laptops can be used for both personal and business reasons. And since most of the work we all do now happens in a browser, it’s a perfect marriage between simplicity and usability.
The thing is, many Windows and macOS users still dismiss Chromebooks as toys for consumers who don’t realize what they’re missing out on with an operating system that limits what they can do.
They know little.
I want to give five good reasons why Chromebooks are the perfect laptops. As someone who regularly uses Chromebooks, I use them when I need to work fast, without the hassle of unnecessary features and bloat of a traditional operating system. That said, let’s get to those reasons.
1. They are cheap
The first reason cannot be disputed by anyone. And since the economy has had a pretty crushing effect on so many budgets around the world, finding a cheap piece of hardware can be a real plus for anyone looking to stay productive. That’s not to say every Chromebook is cheap. I once paid a premium for a Chromebook Pixel, and that laptop is still one of the favorites I’ve ever owned (the screen and keyboard were best-in-class at the time). And of course, there’s also the new HP Dragonfly, which starts at around $1,700.
However, you can buy a very respectable Chromebook for about $400.00 (like the ASUS Chromebook Flip C433 2-in-1″ with an Intel Core m3-8100Y, 8 GB RAM and 64 GB eMMC storage). Or an even cheaper one Acer Chromebook R 13 with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB eMMC storage for $199.99.
Yes, you can buy a cheap Windows laptop, but hardware with similar specs that you’ll find on a laptop under $400 powered by the Microsoft operating system won’t perform nearly as well as the Chromebook at the same price. And since the cheapest Apple laptop is the MacBook Air, starting at $999.00, there’s just no comparison for price.
2. They are easy to use
No other laptop operating system in the world can claim to be as easy to use as ChromeOS. Some would argue that it’s simply because there’s very little you can do with a Chromebook, but that’s patently false, especially since you can use both Android and Linux apps. But as much as an operating system claims to be user-friendly, none of them can rightfully claim to be as user-friendly as ChromeOS.
The ease of use of ChromeOS is light years ahead of the competition. Period of time. Regardless of your experience level, you can sit down with a Chromebook and start using it right away. Even OS upgrades are something even your grandmother can take care of.
I know users (hello, family, are you listening?) who had endless problems using Windows or macOS, but once they got to ChromeOS, the problems disappeared. Nothing speaks higher about how user-proof ChromeOS is than that. I’ve seen users break Windows and macOS laptops all the time (and come to me for help). The number of times I’ve had a Chromebook user do the same is…zero. Sure, I’ve had a few instances where someone would come up to me and say, “How do I get this thing hooked up to a printer?” but that’s about it.
3. They are fast
Take two laptops with basically the same hardware configuration and load one with Windows 11 and one with ChromeOS and see which one performs better. In each case, you will find that ChromeOS is exponentially faster.
And it’s not just about how apps open (even Android and Linux apps, which can be installed on ChromeOS), but also how fast the machines boot. ChromeOS boots in a fraction of the time it takes another operating system to boot.
If you want a fast laptop for a reasonable price, go for a Chromebook.
4. They are reliable
In the 10 years since I’ve been using Chromebooks, I’ve only had one device with issues and that was the original Pixelbook (which suffered from both Bluetooth and network issues). Other than that, I’ve never had a problem with a Chromebook. It just doesn’t happen. Yes, part of that is because ChromeOS is “mostly” a web browser that pretends to be an operating system, but even with Linux and Android app support enabled, I’ve never had a problem.
Even using the unstable ChromeOS channel, I’ve found the operating system to be exponentially more reliable than Windows. And anyone who would argue this point clearly hasn’t used ChromeOS enough.
5. They Can Be Restored Easily
Speaking of reliability, should you have a problem with ChromeOS misbehaving, you can just do a powerwash (a factory reset), sign into your Google account again and you’ll find everything there, minus whatever problem you had.
No other operating system can compete with ChromeOS’s ability to factory reset and bring you back to pristine working condition without losing your data, bookmarks, apps, and more. This is another “without a doubt” situation where the competition just can’t compete. I’ve never worried about doing anything with a Chromebook simply because I know I can do a quick power wash and be back to work in minutes.
Chromebooks may not be the ideal solution for everyone (try some serious video editing or audio recording on a Chromebook and you’ll soon become frustrated), but for the average user, a Chromebook is one of the cheapest and best options on the market . If you find that most of your work and entertainment is done in a web browser, you owe it to yourself to switch to a Chromebook. Your life will become easier and you will be more efficient and effective.