With all of the computer hacks, viruses and malware in the world, I going to try out a Chromebook which hopefully will be more secure. I’ve also got a friend with an older Vista machine who needs to upgrade, so I’m trying to put together the pros and cons.
|Apps/Programs||Limited, but if you are just doing email and websites, then this may be all you need.||Unlimited – also you may be more familiar with these programs|
|Battery Life||6 to 9 hours||2 to 3 + hours depending|
|Cost||$229 + cost of SD card – these are a bit cheaper than standard PC’s but they are getting more expensive if you want more powerful chips. Note – you may need to also buy a new computer||$499 +|
|Learning||There is a lot which is different so it will take some time to learn.||Win 10 is different and has a learning curve also.|
|Memory||2 to 4 gb – go for the 4gb option.||4 gb +|
|Ports||2 USB + HDMI – no VGA||Has more ports + VGA usually.|
|Printing||You may need to buy a new printer to work with Chrome. See the article below on cloud printing.||Your old printer will probably still work.|
|Print Screen||Ctrl + Switcher Button – this saves a file. Ctrl-Shift+ Button – allows you to select an area.||Click on PrntScr button|
|Processor||Celeron – not as powerful – you can buy i3 and i5, but you pay a premium.||Most come with at least an i3 processor +|
|Recovery 1||Chrome has a simple method to restore to factory settings.||Same is possible with a PC, but not as easy.|
|Recovery 2||You can do a backup to a SD card or thumb drive and restore from that.||Same is possible on a PC|
|Security||Generally safe from most problems except for Phishing||New problems almost every couple of weeks.|
|Space||16-32 gb + 64+ gb SD card – it is meant to work with Google drive and have most of your data in the cloud. You could use a flash drive or usb drive to add more storage.||500 gb + most files are on your computer and not the cloud although this is still possible with Google Drive.|
|Updates||Chrome OS updates automatically – there is an arrow at the bottom right to indicate an update.||Win 10 does updates itself also.|
Chrome Keyboard Shortcuts
Google Cloud Print
The main problem seems to be that you need a special printer to print on a Chromebook. If you don’t have one of those printers, and have what they call a legacy printer, then you will need a second computer to hook up to the printer.
Color Printer recommendation from Con. Reports is Epson XP-830.
How to Install a Local Printer onto a Chromebook
Chromebook Recovery Disk – not sure why I would need this?
Basic Information – excellent video on how to use it.