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What is a Chromebook, anyway?

posted May 13, 2015, 12:33 PM by Alan Pearson   [ updated May 13, 2015, 12:41 PM ]

What is a Chromebook, anyway? (read more)

Chromebook 101

You can think of a Chromebook as an Internet-dependent laptop that starts up super fast (roughly 7 seconds, or a fraction of the time it takes to boot an older model Windows-based computer). When you turn on the Chromebook you’ll notice the only native app is the Google Chrome Internet browser. And that’s pretty much your key to all that is Chromebook. Everything else is composed of Web apps (email, photos, documents), or apps that run while you’re connected to a network. 

Chromebook Offline

Most Chromebooks can connect to the Internet with both Wi-Fi and 3G, but there are times when you simply can’t find a Wi-Fi signal. Fortunately, there are workaround for plenty of routine tasks. You can still compose and read emails with Gmail Offline and wordprocess with Google Drive Offline. The offline apps will automatically sync and save when your computer has an Internet connection. Listed below are the tasks that Chrome OS can manage without Internet connection:

  • Check calendar for appointments               
  •                                                                                                          Write emails with Gmail Offline
  •                                                                                                          Create and edit documents with Google Drive
  •                                                                                                          Listen to music (you can store music on Chromebook’s internal hard drive)
  •                                                                                                          Note taking with Google Keep
  •                                                                                                          Save webpages for offline reading