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Let’s Talk About Chromebooks

Computing technology is absolutely everywhere these days, with new features being designed every day. Until fairly recently, though, there was a distinct lack of choice when it came to operating systems; largely the choices were Windows, or Mac OS. Discounting the choice of Linux operating systems (as they're less popular with the majority of users), this gives you only a little choice when it comes to choosing your next device - not ideal! Then Google got involved, creating a Chrome OS and partnering with different manufacturers to bring us the Chromebook! Whether you've already tried a Chromebook or not, here's a little bit of information and why you need to try one!


Computing technology is absolutely everywhere these days, with new features being designed every day. Until fairly recently, though, there was a distinct lack of choice when it came to operating systems; largely the choices were Windows, or Mac OS. Discounting the choice of Linux operating systems (as they’re less popular with the majority of users), this gives you only a little choice when it comes to choosing your next device – not ideal! Then Google got involved, creating a Chrome OS and partnering with different manufacturers to bring us the Chromebook! Whether you’ve already tried a Chromebook or not, here’s a little bit of information and why you need to try one!

Let’s Talk About Chromebooks

Chromebooks are devices that are similar to laptops in many ways. The most discerning feature is the operating system, which happens to be the Google proprietary Chrome OS. This operating system brings with it its own set of advantages and challenges which we’ll talk about in a minute, but let’s generalise a little about the physical specifications of Chromebooks:

  • Many of them are smaller than regular laptops, both in dimensions and in their overall weight
  • Some, although not all, feature a Google Chrome logo on the lid of the device
  • They largely feature small hard drives made up of flash memory (more on this shortly)
  • They have all the standard ports as a regular laptop, but generally fewer of them (especially on the more affordable models).

Chromebooks are great for travelling and taking with you. While they have a small storage space, and generally a smaller amount of RAM, in truth that’s all they really need. Everything with the Chrome OS is cloud based – but it does still work offline – and as such, there’s very little on the device itself for RAM to be needed for, and the smaller hard drive space makes a lot of sense when you consider that cloud storage is huge, and Google Drive is probably one of the most trusted options in general.

What about software, you say?
Well there are, of course, going to be compatibility issues with some software pieces, but you can generally find an alternative that does work with the device. There’s talk of certain Windows apps becoming available on Chrome OS some time in the near future, though, so that might not be an issue for too much longer!

Who are they good for?
Glad you asked! Personally, we love Chromebooks here at Offcloud. They boot up almost instantly, have everything we need and put us in a great position to get things done. Maybe it won’t be ideal as your main PC but Chromebooks are perfect for:

  • Students
  • Self employed professionals looking for a device to take out with them
  • Professionals who need a portable device with great battery life
  • People travelling
  • Those who like to work out and about
  • Creative professionals
  • You!

Offcloud, your cloud-based download manager

As you can see, we love the Chromebook! Perhaps its main downfall is that it does require a great cloud storage option due to a lack of space on the hard drive, but hey, Offcloud can take care of that for you! Check out our amazing range of features by signing up for a free account – we’ll give you 10GB of storage space and 100 direct download links to let you test the service – and see if you fancy committing to us. We’re already committed to you!


Offcloud.com is a cloud-based download manager that lets you fetch, unlock or speed up any content found on the web directly to your device or to some cloud storage space.