Guidemaster: How to buy a Chromebook, plus our best picks

There's now a pretty wide range of Chromebooks available—and we've tested <em>a lot</em> of 'em.

Enlarge / There’s now a pretty wide range of Chromebooks available—and we’ve tested a lot of ’em. (credit: Valentina Palladino)

Chromebooks dominated the affordable laptop scene in 2018. The same wasn’t true just a few years ago, when most were unclear what to do with Google’s browser-based operating system. But now, after Chromebooks have successfully infiltrated the education market, users both young and old are familiar with Chrome OS.

Chrome OS runs exclusively on Chromebooks, the name for the laptops, two-in-ones, and now tablets that run Google’s operating system. If you’ve used the Chrome Web browser before, you know how to use Chrome OS—the browser is the portal to nearly everything you can do on Chrome OS. Google created an operating system that’s simple to use, efficient, and low maintenance in the sense that it doesn’t take a ton of power to run a Chromebook well.

All of those factors, plus the recent introduction of Android apps into the ecosystem, have made Chromebooks popular with younger users, teachers, and anyone who works and plays primarily within the confines of the Chrome Web browser.

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Features – Ars Technica

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