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The Ultimate Chromebook Buying Guide

In case you haven’t noticed, Chromebooks are the hottest thing on the market right now in the laptop/computer game. There is so much to love about the humble Chromebook, and perhaps you are looking to invest in one. If you are, you have come to the right place because this article is the one-stop shop for all your Chromebook needs. If you are thinking of whether or not to buy a Chromebook, you will know exactly what to do once you have read our Chromebook buying guide!

What is a Chromebook?

For all of you PC and Apple users out there, you are probably used to a particular operating system. Chromebooks offer something a little different. They do not run using a Windows OS or the ever-popular macOS, instead, they run on a linux-based operating system known as Chrome OS.

Chrome OS is convenient, quick, and modern and optimised to help keep workflow seamless and quick. Chrome OS is a super-lightweight and non-demanding system, but it does require an internet connection to work properly and perform all of its tasks. Perfect for simple tasks like word processing, writing essays, watching videos, or maybe even a little picture or video editing, the Chromebook and its Chrome OS is the perfect solution for anyone looking to buy a laptop that does not have all of the bells and whistles attached.

It is worth noting that some Chromebooks are more powerful than others, which may well be reflected in their price tag; depending on your budget, you can pick up a Chromebook that is a touchscreen or has greater storage capability. However, even the most basic models are well-priced and are perfect for a school or college student.

Why Choose a Chromebook?

An integral part of any good ‘buying guide’ is the question ‘why buy this item in the first place?’. So here are five reasons why you should consider choosing a Chromebook over anything else if you are in the market for a new laptop.

  1. Price - to be fair, people could argue all day over certain aspects of the Chromebook vs laptop debate, but this is one area nobody can argue over. Chromebooks are not as powerful as laptops (for the most part), so they are typically far cheaper. Many Chromebooks in our collection here at DID start as low as €250-300, making them super-affordable.
  2. Greater Virus Protection- Complete virus protection can never be guaranteed; however, because you don’t need to install any software, there is less chance of getting a virus. Chrome OS is touted as being very well protected, and for the most part, it is, just beware of browser extensions that might cause a few issues. Chromebooks instantly check and apply actual security updates, including sandboxing media and web filters.

  3. Ultra-Fast Setup- We have all been there when setting up a laptop. Between downloading updates, installing software, and setting up your preferences, you can work for hours before you even get the chance to open up a browser or watch a video. With a Chromebook, it seamlessly syncs to your Google account of choice, and within moments, you will be ready to browse.

  4. App Access – The Play Store available through Chrome OS has a massive selection of apps that can be installed and used quickly on the Chromebook. Many newer models will even allow you to download streaming games from the likes of Google Stadia, so now, with a Chromebook, you can access thousands of apps, tools, and games at the touch of a button. What more could you need?

  5. Perfect for college or school – Are you looking to buy your first laptop for college? Are you considering getting your kid a laptop for school and for their studies? Well, not only are Chromebooks inexpensive, but as we have pointed out above, they are versatile, comprehensive, and easy to use. Even the most impatient of teenager will enjoy using the Chromebook selection that we have because everything is instant and just one click away.

Chromebook Buying Guide: The Verdict

Obviously, the choice is yours, but ultimately, the Chromebook is the perfect alternative to the laptop or the touchscreen tablet because it is less expensive than the laptop, more functional than a tablet, more versatile than both, and is perfect for teens looking for their first laptop for school or college. If you are considering moving into the Chromebook realm, do yourself a favour, and jump right in.

Our Range

Here at DID, we pride ourselves on having a comprehensive range of Chromebooks available at a range of prices. With a selection of HP and ASUS Chromebooks ready to go, we are sure that even though they may not be the same price as some of the higher-end laptops, they are amazing alternatives to their pricier counterparts.

With 23 stores located nationwide, and a website that is easy to navigate, you can quickly access our collection, and whether it is click and collect, in-person, or through our fast and efficient delivery service, you can rest assured that you will have your hands on a quality Chromebook in no time.