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Why get a Chromebook?

Chromebooks have long been a mainstay on Amazon's list of bestselling laptops. But not everyone is aware of just what a Chromebook can do in terms of computing. A redditor recently asked why he should buy a Chromebook instead of a Windows laptop, and he got some helpful feedback from his fellow ChromeOS redditors

Kahroo12012 asked his question about Chromebooks:

"Like the title says why should I get a Chromebook over a Windows laptop? And which Chromebook should I get? Also is rooting Android phones harder on Chromebooks then it is on a Windows machine?

Also does ChromeOS have a Spotify app, and do they have touchscreens? (Not a must have feature but would be cool to have)"

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Fellow redditors shared their thoughts about Chromebooks:

Deadlywoodlouse: "Why should you get a Chromebook? Well you haven't given us much to go on. I'll give it a go anyway.

Here's the Spotify app. Some do have touchscreenss, but not all. The Lenovo N20p, the Acer C720p and the Chromebook Pixel are examples of ones that do, I can't think of any others.

Which one you should get depends on a number of things. How much are you willing to spend? How important are the touchscreen, screen quality and keyboard quality to you? How much do you think you'd be using it, and so how important is processing power to you?

So again, I can't speak for you but here's why many others have invested in these devices: Chromebooks are cheap, reliable, and are very resistant to viruses. They are internet oriented and very optimised for their hardware. Because ChromeOS is so lightweight, manufacturers can use slightly older tech, which brings down the cost. You don't get much hard drive space, but that's no problem because they give you a load of free Google drive space. ChromeOS also gives you lots of flexibility: you can keep it locked down so you don't need to worry about viruses at all; or you can turn on developer mode and gain full control of the device. You can completely replace ChromeOS if you choose, or you could run another Linux distro on top of it. There's so many things it can do, even if it initially seems very limited."

Fprestige: "I love my Chromebook. I use it for simple everyday stuff... it's very fast, boots instantly, and the battery life is amazing! but when it's time to get some work done... I use my windows laptop. I don't think I could use the chromebook exclusively as my main system... but man, I love having it for the simple stuff."

RodriguezFaszanatas: "Could you tell us what "work" means in your case, and why you choose your Windows laptop over the Chromebook to get it done? I'm looking to get a Chromebook myself, but I'm still not sure if I'd be too limited."

Cjonesjr69: "Noone said you should get a chromebook over a windows laptop, I think your question should be reworded to "will a chromebook serve my needs better then a cheap windows laptop".

It's up to you to get what you feel is suited to your tastes.Are you curious about chromebooks at all?

I don't know anything about rooting phones of any kind. As for spotify apps look in both the app and extension section and yes some do have touch screens."

Sl1pstream: "You should get a Windows laptop for those things."

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Another redditor in a different discussion thread asked which Chromebook was best for students:

Gougou8: "What's the best Chromebook for students? I'm thinking of getting the dell chromebook 11. Is it the best choice?"

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His fellow redditors offered their take on Chromebooks for students:

Sjg8157: "I got the Acer c720, the model with 2GB of RAM. Best purchase I've made in a while. Perfect for when you need something to carry around without the bulkiness of a PC. Nice and light, simple attractive design, and a fair amount of ports. I got mine to replace a broken Nexus 7 tablet, and after I had it for a week I wondered why I didn't get a Chromebook in the first place."

Teaghlach61: "I have two Dell 1st Gen Chromebooks and I love them. Tough as nails and boots very quickly. They take up to a 64GB SD card and work well with offline apps for almost anything I want to do. They pick up wifi that even my XPS 17 doesn't pick up, so that is a nice touch. The screen is an anti glare and that comes in handy when I am outside, tho in bright sunlight, it could be a tad brighter. Sound is nice for such a low budget unit. I have no issue hearing movies on veetle and other sites. For music I use my ear buds and many times have to turn them down, as it really pushes out the sound in that mode."

SlantedPictureFrame: "If you want the best bang for your buck, I think you should spend a little more and go for the Toshiba Chromebook 2."

Le_Loufoque: "I agree. I have a Toshiba CB2 and I often find myself using that instead of my desktop. The only issue I have is that it gets a little hot if you have it in your lap for several (probably around 4 or 5) hours of constantly being powered on. I found that out the hard way when I had a couple papers to write."

LifeIsAbsurd: "I would reccommend the Toshiba Chromebook 2. 1080P IPS screen, 13" inch, 4gb of ram, and a decent 6-8 hour battery life."

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