Why are Chromebooks so cheap

New chance for cheap notebooks?They are that good new Chromebooks

In the USA, Google's Chrome operating system already has a market share of just over 10 percent. Why? Because with the software you can offer notebooks extremely cheaply. Complete systems are available from 300 euros. Nevertheless, Chrome is having a hard time in Germany.

At CeBIT, the manufacturers of Chromebooks (that's the name of the cheap notebooks) are now entering a new round: Touchscreens and fancier housings should also ensure that Chromebooks are more attractive to customers in this country. BILD has tried two of the new products and reveals how well they do compared to cheap Windows notebooks or cheap tablets.

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Chrome - worthless without the web

But before we get to the hardware, a few points about software: The Google operating system is not named like the browser by chance. Ultimately, with a Chromebook, you get a notebook that only runs this browser. All functions, from mail to games to editing documents, take place in Chrome. A few years ago that would have made a notebook completely worthless. Today you can do an amazing amount of things in the browser and so Chromebooks are versatile in practice, even if you cannot simply install programs as usual.

The functions are only available as long as the Chromebook is connected to the Internet via WLAN or cell phone radio. If the data connection is missing, you can only use a few simple basic functions.

Samsung Chromebook

The 11.6-inch Chromebook from Samsung looks classy, ‚Äč‚Äčeven if the leather look of the back of the display takes a lot of getting used to. Otherwise, the plastic case, which weighs just under 1.4 kilograms, is very well made, and the keyboard has good contact points. Inside the device, a Celeron processor from Intel ensures sufficient working speed for a surfing and mailing notebook. The battery lasts around ten hours and the matte display shows 1366x768 pixels. 16 gigabytes of memory are built in, but there is also 100 gigabytes of space in Google's CloudDrive and an SD card reader that can be used to expand the memory.

So far, Samsung has not given a launch date or price for its new Chromebook. The device will probably cost around 300 euros.

Acer C720

At first glance, Acer's C720 looks almost like one of Apple's older, fancy MacBooks. Only when you touch it you can see that plastic was used for the housing instead of metal. Nevertheless: The device, which is cheap for 230 euros, looks cool, has a spacious keyboard and shows 1366x768 pixels on the 11.6-inch display. The operating speed of the device, which weighs 1.35 kilograms, is fast and the battery lasts almost ten hours according to the manufacturer. WLAN and Bluetooth are on board as radio interfaces, the memory is 16 gigabytes in size and can be enlarged using an SD chip.

The basic version costs 230 euros, a 299 euros expensive version even offers a touchscreen, making it much more convenient to use.

Better than Windows and Android?

In the end, the question remains: Is it worth buying a Chromebook? The devices are cheaper than Windows notebooks and now look at least as stylish. In addition, they are more stable and are currently practically virus-free. So if you can do without installing special programs and do not want to play complex video games, a Chromebook is a viable alternative to inexpensive Windows notebooks.

The Google notebooks are much more difficult than Google tablets. Really good Android tablets are now available for as little as 200 euros. If you buy a Bluetooth keyboard for around 50 euros, you have a combination that offers functions and input convenience similar to those of a Chromebook. At the same time, you have the much lighter and more stylish tablet if you don't want to use the device for work.

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