I have written several times about the advantages of using a low-priced Chromebook laptop computer. (See my previous articles about Chromebooks by starting at https://www.google.com/#q=site:eogn.com+chromebook.) I have also stated a number of times that the “prices keep dropping.” That is certainly true today as BestBuy is now selling an Acer 11.6-inch Chromebook for $129.
This isn’t a refurbished or otherwise used laptop. It is brand-new, still sealed in the box from the factory. You can purchase it in a BestBuy store or order it online with free shipping. Where else will you find a full-sized laptop capable of running tens of thousands of programs for $129?
Admittedly, Chromebooks aren’t for everyone. First, it doesn’t run Windows or Macintosh or Linux programs. It runs the Chrome operating system and can only run any of the 10,000+ apps written for Chrome as well as anything that runs in a web browser. It works well with Facebook and almost all other web sites as well as has apps for word processing, spreadsheets, and hundreds of games. Yes, even Angry Birds has a version for Chromebooks. The list of all Chrome apps may be found at https://chrome.google.com/webstore/category/apps.
Next, if you are already comfortable with Windows or Macintosh systems and are happy with what you already own, you probably won’t want a Chromebook that has less capability than what you already have. Instead, Chromebooks are designed for three primary audiences:
- Anyone who wants a laptop computer but is not computer literate with Windows, Macintosh, or other operating systems and has no interest in learning about these complex systems. Most anyone can simply turn on a Chromebook and start using it immediately. There is no need to learn about folders, file formats, viruses, or other technical mumbo-jumbo.
- Schools and corporations that need to supply a large number of identically-configured computers for use by students or employees at low costs and without incurring large support costs. More Chromebooks are sold to school systems than to any other group.
- Even computer gurus might appreciate a cheap but effective laptop for use as a second computer while traveling.
I suspect the Acer 11.6-inch Chromebook will sell out soon. You can learn more on the BestBuy web site at http://goo.gl/YTtv0R.