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There are plenty of business laptops on the market. Each year, almost every hardware brand launches a new model of a portable computer designed for office work. Google entered the dynamically developing market by creating, in cooperation with well-known manufacturers, a new generation of business laptops, that is, Chromebooks.
What is a Chromebook?
Chromebooks are laptops from various manufacturers (including Acer and Asus) with one feature in common – they are all based on Google Chrome OS. Most of the work on such a computer is done in the cloud, via the Internet, and in applications from the Google ecosystem. Lightweight, compact size, durability and low price are the main advantages of Chromebooks.
You log in to this type of laptop using your Gmail address and password. Thanks to this, many people can easily use one laptop, e.g. in the form of grab & go (when employees collect additional equipment only when needed), or in companies with shift work.
On every Chromebook, you’ll find all the applications you need to work in an office: a word processor, spreadsheets, forms, presentations, notes, and of course, a mailbox and a browser. After logging in to the laptop, you gain access to all your messages, files, bookmarks, and photos saved in Chrome and Gmail.
How to choose a business laptop?
From time to time, every entrepreneur faces a question: what work equipment is the best choice for employees? There is no shortage of possibilities, and a reasonable CEO or CTO knows that you need to analyze them all to choose the highest quality equipment at the best possible price.
After reviewing the rankings of laptops ideal for the office, we conclude that the business computer must meet the following conditions: it should be well optimized, multimedia-ready, mobile, and full of valuable features. And at the same time, it should offer a favourable discount when buying in bulk.
Is it worth buying a Chromebook?
The value for money for Chromebooks is very favourable. All models are distinguished by elegant design, quality components, compactness, and reliability. But these products are not only well-built in terms of hardware – Chromebook software also has advantages that the rest of office laptops can’t even get close to. The probability of failure or virus is negligible.
Chrome OS is based on Android, which means that, like in smartphones, you can install all applications from the Google Play Store on it. Choose from various office and entertainment apps, just like you do on your smartphone.
The transition from Windows or Mac to Chrome OS should not be a problem. All the Chromebook tools are based on a browser and the cloud, so you will be greeted by a familiar interface and applications that you use every day.
Chromebooks are also highly mobile. Thanks to the ergonomic design, lightness and battery that lasts 10 hours, lack of access to power won’t disturb your remote workday.
So is Chromebook worth buying? As usual, when many factors come into play, the answer is: it depends.
Chromebooks are not for everyone. They are efficient laptops designed for office work based on the use of the Internet and cloud tools familiar to every employee. However, the ease of use and simplicity may not be sufficient for specialists like graphic designers, architects, and programmers who need additional software (often installed locally).
Every entrepreneur must assess the needs of their company and the employees’ expectations to find the right equipment. Some companies use Chromebooks for everyday work. Others offer them as a remote work tool or a grab & go equipment. A wide range of uses means that every CTO should always have several of these practical devices at hand.
If you’re still on the fence, check out this article about the pros and cons of using Chromebooks published by Style Factory. Otherwise, if you’d like to make a purchase or talk with an expert, contact the FOTC sales team – we are official B2B resellers of Chromebooks in the UK and CEE markets.