#1 By: Chris Hoffman, January 5th, 2014 06:40
Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/179009/htg-explains-should-you-buy-a-chromebook/
Chromebooks are becoming more and more popular, with recent reports indicating that Chromebooks captured about 10% of all desktop, notebook, and tablet sales in the US in 2013. But how good are Chromebooks, really? Should you buy one, too?
#2 By: moonthink, January 5th, 2014 09:03
You missed the #1 reason to not use a chromebook: you're opening the door for big brother google to further entrench itself into your private lives and all the 3rd party marketing/advertising/snooping that goes with it.
Google once was an amazing tool, but now they are more interested in making consumer slaves of all of us. If you think supporting that is a smart idea -- buy a chromebook. Baaaaaa-aaaa!
#4 By: stuart, January 5th, 2014 10:37
You're all crazy if you think macs are immune to viruses. I as a mac user know that many viruses exist including the well known flashback virus. Please correct this article and stop giving people a false sense of security
#5 By: Lowell Heddings, January 5th, 2014 10:57
We never said they are immune to malware, we said they are immune to Windows malware.
And unless you're downloading loads of pirated software, you're not going to get viruses on the Mac, because there aren't many viruses on the Mac.
#6 By: stuart, January 5th, 2014 11:44
But like I said, the flashback virus infected loads of macs and that wasn't through downloading pirated software or visiting dodgy sites. Even mac experts were easily infected by the virus.
#8 By: Franklin Poulsen, January 5th, 2014 12:12
I have the Samsung Series 3 Chrome book and I like it a lot for these reasons: quickest boot and shut down of any device I have; ability to view web pages my tablets won't show; no worries on maintenance; and affordable cost. One thing Chris, that I think should be mentioned, is that the Chrome book can easily run my MS Office programs (which for better or worse I am tightly tied to) via the Remote Desktop app that ties me into my Windows8 production PC. That of course could be done from a netbook or any other device with a Chrome browser, but the Chrome book has become my device of choice for travel use.
#9 By: Atakan Onol, January 5th, 2014 15:47
First off macs get viruses too. They don't get the same viruses as windows, but they still do.
Second if you ever bother to go to the chrome Web store, you will find that they have tons of games and productivity web apps. Anything from angry birds to remote desktop connection.
Third, even though you have low storage, you get 2tb of cloud storage from Google drive.
Fourth, even though you can use Microsoft's basic office, you can also use Google's version called Google docs. Everything from word,excel, and PowerPoint which are not basic.
I am a rep and I visit best buy just about every weekend. And there have been no chrome books for months. As soon as they get some they sell out including the display.
It is a great 2nd computer, unless your using cad or after effects or Photoshop, you will be gap with this.
#10 By: Chris Hoffman, January 5th, 2014 19:38
True enough in a way, but it's the same with Microsoft these days. Fire up a Windows 8 system and they want you to log in with a Microsoft account and store your files on SkyDrive and use Outlook.com and so on. Everyone wants you to store your stuff in the cloud now.
#11 By: CLARK C CLINE, January 5th, 2014 22:09
Your last post about Microsoft wanting you to log in with a Microsoft account and store everything on SkyDrive and so on is so true. With everyone wanting you to do everything on the web, it really sucks when it's nearly impossible to get unlimited data plans, anymore.
I live in an area where the only options for internet are dish, wireless, or Urgh!- dialup! No cable or fios here.
What ever happened to Obama's promise of affordable high speed internet for everyone?
#12 By: Scott , January 5th, 2014 22:44
ClarkC, kindly keep the political rhetoric to yourself. Please read:
#13 By: system, January 15th, 2014 06:40
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