Chromebooks represent a new type of laptop that's designed to be simple. A Chromebook runs Google's Chrome OS rather than Windows, and it requires an Internet connection in order to be most useful. You can think of a Chromebook as being a new generation of 'netbook', mainly because a Chromebook is relatively inexpensive, and some models are smaller than 13 inches, making them highly mobile.
If you're already a heavy user of Google's services, such as Gmail, Drive, Docs, and Play Music, then a Chromebook is a great product to consider and you will get a lot out of it. Don't expect a Windows-like interface, though: for the most part, you will be working inside a Chrome Web browser.
There are currently a few Chromebooks on the market, and we've reviewed models from Acer, HP, Samsung, and Toshiba. We've ranked them here for you so that you know which is the best one to purchase. Click on each product to read the full review.
We'll be adding to this roundup as we review more of these types of products.
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Toshiba's Chromebook CB30 possesses good styling and a useful array of features. At 13.3 inches, it's also a comfortable Chromebook to use. Importantly, it performs swiftly and can do a good job when streaming Web video. However, it has a screen that is very glossy and not as crisp and colourful as we would like. It's the only thing holding it back. Even so, it's still a Chromebook that's well worth considering.
- Review Date:
- 17th Feb., 2014
- Elias Plastiras