Today, Chromebook laptops adapt to all user profiles. They are particularly versatile devices. Whether for entertainment, work, or study, there’s a Chromebook that’s right for you.
With the world of laptops getting busier, it’s easy to get lost when looking for a machine that fits a certain type of use. This is why it is always more advantageous to turn to very versatile devices, like Chromebooks. We’ve put together a short list to help you find the one that best fits your profile.
A Chromebook, kezako?
Chromebooks are laptops that run on Chrome OS, an operating system designed by Google. This has the particularity of being fully articulated around the Cloud. This allows it to maintain its performance over time, thanks to automatic updates in the background. What’s more, Chrome OS has an antivirus already built-in and free, providing excellent native security.
Very light, Chrome OS works just as well on a modest RAM / processor duo as on a more premium configuration. It only takes a few seconds to start up as it does to wake up. All without slowing down in time.
Added to this is the fact that Google has chosen to integrate its Google Drive applications (Google Docs, Sheets, Slides) in the Cloud, thus freeing up space on the physical memory of Chromebooks. A real plus for machines with reduced storage space. Chromebook also offers thousands of third-party applications for playing, working, and entertaining, which can be downloaded from the Google Play Store.
While Google is responsible for the software aspect, major computer manufacturers such as Asus, Acer, Lenovo or HP are responsible for the design of the machines. They must follow particularly strict specifications for Chrome OS to function optimally. This is reflected in particular by the integration of a very enduring battery so that Chromebooks provide up to 12 hours of autonomy.
If the technical sheets of Chromebooks differ from one manufacturer to another, the characteristics mentioned above are common to all machines. You are therefore guaranteed to have an optimal experience with Chrome OS, whatever your choice of device.
Price, autonomy, mobility: the Acer CB314 for students
When you’re a student, the first thing you look at when choosing a laptop is value for money. There is none better than that of the Chromebook Acer CB314.
Thus, if the technical sheet of the Acer CB314 may seem light to you, with its Intel Celeron N4020 processor and 4 GB of RAM, it is more than enough to make it work smoothly, thanks to the excellent optimization of Chrome OS. You will be able to accomplish all light office tasks – note taking, spreadsheets, slide presentations – without the slightest slack. Likewise, the Acer CB314 is an ideal choice for your real-time collaborative working sessions. Indeed, you can carry out all your group work remotely with ease. All without fear of loss of work due to a connection problem since the backup is done in real time.
The 64 GB SSD is also not a problem since document storage is done directly on your Google Drive. Especially since the latter offers 15 GB of online storage, and Docs, Sheets and Slides documents are not counted in this storage space. And for the purchase of a Chromebook, you get 100 GB of online storage offered for 1 year by activating the trial offer at Google One.
The Acer CB314 has a really comfortable battery life. Under normal use, it can work easily for 10 hours, and even reach 12.5 hours. A considerable advantage for students since it will easily take a day on the benches of the university without needing the charger. Let’s not forget that the Acer CB314 has full connectivity. With 2 USB-C ports, 2 USB-A ports and a microSD slot, it becomes a real multimedia center to diversify uses. Finally, its compatibility with thousands of entertainment and gaming applications on the Google Play Store makes the Acer CB314 a great tool for having fun on a break or in the evening.
Finally, its 14-inch screen with a resolution of 1366 × 768 pixels is particularly bright and clear, which is rare in this price segment. It thus offers real viewing comfort in very bright spaces such as a classroom or an amphitheater.
A true ally of students, the Acer CB314 is offered at 349 euros at Amazon.
Performance, design and mobility: the Acer Spin 713, the choice of pros
While Google Drive apps run optimally regardless of the Chromebook specification, some office software, such as Adobe Lightroom, requires a certain level of performance. This is where the Acer Spin 713. Its 10th generation Intel Core i5 processor, coupled with 8 GB of RAM and a 256 GB SSD ensure a smooth experience in all circumstances.
Again, its long-lasting battery not only saves you the clutter of the charger on the go, but also ensures uninterrupted work sessions.
Its slim and light design allows the Acer Spin 713 to slip easily into a backpack or satchel. Better, its 13.5-inch touch screen opens to 360 °, transforming the computer into a touch pad.
Thanks to their cloud-based operating system, Chromebooks allow you to work wherever you are. And this, even in case of capricious wifi! Indeed, a Chromebook such as the Acer Spin 713 does not need to be connected to continue working. You can access your documents, work on a Google Sheets spreadsheet, integrate new items on your Drive, all without having access to the Internet. With synchronization, once the connection is reestablished, the Acer Spin 713 and Google Drive update your changes in the files and then automatically save them. Finally, Chromebooks are compatible with Office 365 and Adobe Acrobat office suites, allowing you to easily find your work if you use these software.
Although it is positioned as a premium Chromebook, the Acer Spin 713 knows how to keep an affordable price. So, he is sold at 699 euros at Boulanger, against 899 euros usually, a drop of 200 euros.
Versatility, 2-in-1: the Asus C433 for the whole family
It’s hard to find a computer that meets the needs of an entire family. Indeed, the device must meet both the office needs of parents and the need to entertain the youngest. Chromebooks have the advantage of allowing the creation of several separate, individual and secure profiles. Switching from one profile to another is very easy, so the whole family can quickly use the computer. And thanks to the “Family Link” application, parents can limit the services to which the youngest have access, and thus offer them a safer experience.
The Asus C433 is certainly one of the most versatile Chromebooks, and therefore the most suitable for a large number of needs. Its technical sheet places it as a high-end Chromebook. It is able to handle the most demanding tasks without losing fluidity, whether it’s image editing or long gaming sessions.
Its main asset is its screen. The 14-inch LED panel offers the right compromise between mobility and viewing comfort. Particularly bright, its Full HD definition occupies 85% of the facade thanks to its ultra-thin borders, which allows you to comfortably enjoy your movies or series in streaming. The 360 ° hinge coupled with the touch screen allows the Asus C433 to be transformed into a tablet, which makes it easier to use for the youngest.
Video game enthusiasts will also benefit from the Asus C433. If it will never run a greedy game with its graphics chip, all the hits from the Google Play Store are available: Hearthstone, Candy Crush and even Among Us. That said, services like Stadia, Nvidia GeForce Now or Shadow are available for those who absolutely want to play the most popular games (Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Fortnite). Especially since these cloud-gaming services run perfectly on Chrome OS.
Despite its versatility, the Asus C433 (8 + 64 GB) does not explode the bill since it is available at Darty at the price of 499 euros.