In Pictures: Google Chromebook Buyer's Guide

Chromebooks are Web-centric alternatives to laptops that, while not for everyone, are coming into their own. To help you decide if one is right for you, CIO.com answers common Chromebooks questions and takes a look at the current lineup.

What Are Chromebook's Target Markets? Mobile professionals, especially heavy Google users, are among Chromebook's target markets. Since Chromebooks are usually lightweight and have decent-to-long battery life, they can be attractive to students, too. In fact, Lenovo's ThinkPad X131e Chromebook is sold only to the K-12 education market.

In addition, a Chromebook's low cost and portability may appeal to families who want a second (or third) laptop for the kitchen, den or other area. Chromebooks can be ideal for older users, too, particularly those who aren't tech-savvy and don't want to deal with installing software and updating antivirus applications.

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