Not everyone wants to spend a lot on typical laptops that normally costs RM 2,000 upwards. Which is why Chromebooks are the best alternative here as long as you are not using them for heavy-duty tasks or hardcore gaming purposes. Suitable for those on a budget, Chromebooks are usually affordable for school and education purposes or even office and everyday computing.
Chromebooks are also unique on their own, especially the fact that they come equipped with the user-friendly Google Chrome web browser and that they consume less power than traditional laptops. With many critical productivity apps available for free on Google’s app store - PlayStore, Chromebooks are perfect as a basic learning/productivity computer.
If you’ve decided to choose a Chromebook over a laptop, it’s time to focus on the former as we bring you a guide list of the best Chromebooks worth considering.
add_circleDecent processor for everyday computing tasks
add_circleBezel-less 15.6 Full HD display
add_circleAble to run Google games without much problems
remove_circleThe bottom half of the Chromebook has an average build quality
Arming with Intel Celeron N4000 processor, the Samsung Chromebook 4+ is designed for everyday computing tasks, namely light web browsing as well as using Microsoft Office programmes and watching movies online.
It also features a large 15.6-inch Full HD display, complete with a slim bezel that offers more obstruction-free viewing experience. This machine has a sturdy aluminium lid on top, even though the rest of the chassis feels both plasticky and flimsy. Its keyboard, however, has decent travel while the 10+ hours of battery life deserves equal mention here.
Designed with students (and teachers) in mind, the Asus Chromebook C204MA is built tough to withstand the likes of pressure and accidental drops, thanks to its military-grade MIL-STD-810G durability standards. In terms of power, its Intel Celeron N4020 processor is good enough for running Microsoft Office programmes and some light web browsing.
Although this Chromebook may come with a smaller 11.6-inch screen but the combination of its HD display and 178° wide-view technology does give you a reasonably sharp, wider angle than it originally looks. Also, at 1.2 kg, it’s lightweight enough to carry with you in a backpack.
Basic model features:
CPU: Intel Celeron N4020 | Graphics: Integrated Intel CPU | Memory: 4GB LPDDR4 | Storage: 32GB eMMC | Screen: 11.6 Inch | Weight: 1.2 kg
Looking for a reliable Chromebook for the kids? You might want to consider the Asus Chromebook 311 model, with its hard-rubber design adding an extra touch of ruggedness. The spill-proof keyboard layout helps too, which in turn, minimises the damage caused by say, water spills.
Its chiclet-style keyboard is reviewed to be comfortable to type with while the Intel Celeron N4100 processor is sufficient enough for light computing tasks. Battery life is impressive, lasting around 8 hours in a single charge. A downside is that the 11.6-inch HD display is rather average and would’ve been nice if Asus slimmed down its noticeably thick bezel.
remove_circleLimited 2GB memory and 16GB storage capacity
For light and everyday office work, consider the HP Chromebook 11. It’s small, compact and lightweight at just 1.2 kg, making it portable enough to carry the Chromebook with you around. The HD display is decent enough for its price, with sharp resolution and vibrant colours all around.
The keyboard is both tactile and responsive to the touch, coupled with a satisfying key travel that makes the typing experience a breeze. Battery life isn’t the best one out there, lasting around 5 hours max. A big downside, however, is its limited 2GB onboard memory and that it only comes with 16GB storage capacity.
Basic model features:
CPU: Intel Celeron M | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 400 | Memory: 2GB LPDDR3 | Storage: 16GB SSD | Screen: 11.6 Inch | Weight: 1.2 kg
add_circleLong-lasting battery and comfortable island-style keyboard
remove_circleonly 2GB of memory & 16GB storage capacity
For those who are constantly on the move, the Samsung Chromebook XE303C12’s slim and lightweight design makes it easier to carry it with you. Not to mention it weighs only at 1.1 kg.
While the 11.6-inch 1366 x 768 display measuring only at 176 lux in terms of brightness, this Chromebook excels in its island-style keyboard design that offers better feedback and and key travel. The built-in bottom-firing speakers provides decent sound quality for such a price point while the battery life can last up to 7 hours+ on a single charge.
Before you decide to spend your hard-earned money on getting one for your personal use, you might be wondering what are the differences between a Chromebook and a laptop? While both of them offer traditional clamshell designs with keyboards and touchpads, here are the three significant differences you should be aware of.
i) Operating System
First and foremost, Chromebooks typically uses Chrome OS as the main user interface. They depend heavily on the likes of cloud storage, which explained why most Chromebooks have the lesser built-in hardware. This, in turn, helps to keep the price down. It also means that software apps are limited to what’s available on Google’s PlayStore.
As for laptops, these portable machines use Microsoft Windows 10 as the primary operating system to run various applications and software. As you may know, Windows 10 would also allow you to access not just windows-compatible software but also a myriad of 3rd-party independent software that aren’t available on Google PlayStore. This factor is more indispensable for gaming.
ii) Battery Life
While some Chromebooks’ battery lives only last around 5 hours, it’s safe to say that majority of them can run longer - approximately 10 hours or more - since Chrombebooks only utilises minimal OS.
Laptops, on the other hand, are varied on the types and models. For instances, powerful ultrabooks commonly exceeds 10 hours of independent battery life at the cost of a higher price tag whereas traditional ones at an average of 6-8 hours.
If lightweight matters to you the most, then you might enjoy owning a Chromebook. They are typically designed with portability in mind, averaging around 1.2 kg. This is a given since Chromebooks contain less built-in hardware under the chassis.
In the meantime, laptops such as ultrabooks have lightweight designs similar to Chromebooks’ portability. But again, that means you’ll have to pay more for it.
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