Looks like a laptop,
feels like a laptop…
But Chromebooks are a new type of computer designed to help you get things done faster and easier. They run Chrome OS, anthat gives you the best of Google apps, security built in, easy central management and other features that make them an improvement on traditional computers.
An operating system is the core part of your computer which helps you run programs and manage files. Examples of operating systems are Windows (which you find on PCs), OS X (which you find on Macs), Android and iOS (which you’ll find on phones and tablets).
Best of Google built in
Chromebooks have Google apps and other web apps built in for everyday tasks. Traditional computers often require you to buy additional software separately.
What are Chrome apps?Apps are the programs that you use on a Chromebook to do things like create documents, edit presentations, video conference and manage photos. Unlike traditional software, apps install in seconds and stay up to date automatically, so you don’t need to install updates or patches.
|Creating documents, spreadsheets and presentations||
Google Docs, Sheets and Slides
|Organising and playing music||
Google Play Music
|Voice and video chat||
Cloud storage built in
Chromebooks have a Cloud storage service called Google Drive built in so that you can save your work safely in the Cloud. Traditional computers often require you to back up your files manually.
Why should I use the Cloud?
Cloud storage is safe and secure, and a lot like storing money in a bank – only you can access your data (with the right password), and if you’d like, you can access your data from anywhere in the world, or even from other devices like your laptop or phone. All of your files are safe even if you lose or damage your device.
Chromebooks are designed from the ground up with security in mind, so you’ll be safe from viruses and malware. Traditional computers often require you to buy and install security software separately.
Chromebooks use the principle of “defence in depth” to provide multiple layers of protection. Every time you boot up, they do a self-check to make sure your system hasn’t been tampered with. Chromebooks also automatically download updates so you always get the the latest security fixes to keep you safe.
When you don't want your website visits or downloads saved in your browsing and download histories, you can browse in incognito mode. For ultimate privacy, choose Guest Mode on the log-in screen – when you exit your session, all of your browsing information and downloads from the session will be deleted.
Verified boot. System call filtering. Rollback protection. TPM-backed certificates. Security lovers, learn more about the principles behind Chromebook security.
Speed built in
Chromebooks boot up in less than ten seconds and don’t slow down. Traditional computers may take thirty seconds or more, and often slow down over time.
Upgrades built in
Chromebooks update themselves automatically, for free, so you always get the latest software and security updates. Traditional computers require you to purchase and install updates manually.
Chromebooks have an auto-update mechanism built in, so that you always get the most up-to-date features and security fixes without thinking about it. You can expect regular updates and system improvements every couple of months.
Connectivity built in
Chromebooks offer features like 3G, free Gogo Inflight passes and offline apps for when you’re disconnected from the web. Traditional computers can use software offline, but just like Chromebooks, you won’t be able to surf the web when you're offline.
3G-enabled Chromebooks allow you to connect on the go, even when there are no local wireless connections. In the US, you get 100 MB of Internet per month, for free, from Verizon Wireless. You can also add Chromebooks to your Verizon corporate data plan.
Gogo Inflight Internet
Chromebook comes with 12 free sessions of Gogo Inflight Internet, allowing you to connect on Gogo-enabled flights.