Chromebook Computer System Selection Guide

Chromebook Selection Guide
Chromebook Advantages and Disadvantages
Chromebook Computer AdvantagesChromebook Computer Disadavantages
Cheaper laptop style computer.Limited expansion options.
Start time is under 10 seconds.Internet connection needed for many apps.
Can be used without mains power for 8-12 hours.Slow Internet can slow applications.
Google office suite included + cloud storage.Costs for more than the free 15 GB cloud storage.
Self updating. No Anti virus needed. Applications are mainly website / cloud based.
Very low power consumption. < 20 Watts. Lower performance compared to a laptop.

Chromebook Computer System Selection Guide

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Chromebook Computer System Requirement

Computer Hardware Category Examples Needs Specifications You Require
Light use email, Internet browsing, social media, word processing, cloud services Single Processor, minimum memory Celeron, Pentium
1GB memory
32 GB hard disk
Medium use + more tabs (websites / applications) open + more memory
2 GB memory
High use High definition playback
+ even more tabs (websites / applications)
+ more processor
+ more memory
+ high definition screen
Quad processor
4 GB memory
HD Screen e.g. 1920 x 1080
Chromebook Display LCD Monitor A HDMI port and cable can be used to connect to a larger monitor.
A Chromecast can be used to deliver video and audio to a television wirelessly.
10" 11" 12" 13" 14" 15" inches
Chrome + Android Limited models allow both Chrome browser apps
+ Android Google Play apps
Touchscreen Chromebook
External Mouse Optical mouse have less maintenance issues.
Wireless mouse also possible.
USB connector One spare USB socket
Web Camera Used for video conferencing. Many Chromebooks have a web camera built in.
Backup drive
Documents stored in cloud by default.
Copy user files, pictures, video, documents
Very small sized flash drives can be used to extend Chromebook storage.
For a single computer use a USB external drive.
USB Flash drive 8 GB to 128 GB.
USB drive 320 GB to 2000 GB.
Printer Print documents or photos Printer must be Google Print compatible. Inkjet or mono laser or colour laser printer.
Inkjets are better for photos. Laser is cheaper per print cost.
Sound For music, VOIP communications, video conferencing etc. Can be headphones or USB headset with microphone Audio connectors assumed on all computers.
Many Chromebooks have webcam, microphone and speaker built in.
Networking Wireless Ethernet Wifi
3G Wifi modem
Most Chromebooks use Wifi and requires a broadband router that supports Wifi.
Wireless 3G modems may suit when other broadband types are unavailable.
Wireless Ethernet ac/a/b/g/n standards for house area.
Mobile 3G /4G for city wide coverage.
School, library, university may have Wifi available also.
Power Surge Protection This can be on a single power point or a power board.
Software Type Chromebook Provided Example Free Example Paid Example Check if you require
the paid example
Word Processor Google Docs Office 365 Word
Email Google Gmail Yahoo \ Hotmail Office 365 Outlook
Spreadsheets Google Sheets Office 365 Excel
Presentations Google Slides Slideshare Office 365 PowerPoint , Sway
Photo Editing Google Drawings Picasa, Pixlr Editor Photoshop Online, Canva
Web pages Drive Notepad, sFTP Client, Wordpress Premium content management system (CMS)
E.g. Templates, plug ins, ecommerce.
Databases Google Forms >> Google Sheets Office 365 Access, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Compute, Amazon Web Services, Website hosting database

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Chromebook Computer System Selection Results

How to connect to the Internet?

A Chromebook needs a wireless Ethernet WiFi connection to the Internet.
The wifi network name and password is needed for a connection.
There are multiple wireless network standards available AC B G N. G is most popular and also handle B protocols. AC is fastest but a relatively new standard. All wifi components need to work to one standard.
If the building is very hard to cable and the solid walls are too thick for wifi, then Ethernet adapters can use the house mains wiring as a communication medium. These are expensive and relatively slow. Wireless Access Points and Wireless repeaters can be used to extend the wired / WiFi network.

For a new Internet connection the options include ADSL, cable, Fibre NBN, Wireless NBN, Satellite NBN and mobile 3G/4G. Appropriate hardware and possible cabling need to be considered.

Chromebook Alternatives

Chromebox - Small box like Chrome computer that requires an external screen, keyboard and mouse. Often uses wired Ethernet connection. Useful for computer kiosk or office location.

Chromebit - Very small HDMI / Micro USB Chrome computer that plugs into the back of a monitor or television. Uses Bluetooth for keyboard and mouse. Wifi is used for networking.

Chromebook Advanced Uses

Thin Client / Remote Desktop A Chromebook can use Chrome RDP application to log into a Windows Server and use a Windows 7/8/10 virtual machine instance.

Cloud Based Application User A Chromebook can use Office 365 (cloud) Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Sway, Mail, People, Calendar and One Drive cloud storage. You need a Office 365 paid subscription. Group Business Office 365 subscriptions can share documents.

Chromebooks for Education Chromebooks for a school can be managed as a group. Multiple users can share Chromebooks each with their own individual login. Documents are stored in the cloud.

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