Given its lightweight nature, the Chrome OS doesn’t require high-powered hardware to ensure decent user experience. Even so, with the varying details and considerations, deciding which Chromebook that is right for you can be a bit tricky. You may do the following procedure to find the most reasonable Chromebook model and ease your buying decision:
Step 1: Choose Screen
• Resolution: High resolution ensures clarity when watching HD videos. It also ensures good web browsing experience as well.
• Touchscreen: If you habitually use smartphones and tablets, Chromebook with touchscreen display may enhance your productivity. In some situations, it is more convenient to interact with Chromebook the way you would a smartphone or tablet.
• Size: If you travel a lot, then choose a Chromebook with a smaller display, so it’s more portable. If you are a student or business professional, choose a larger display to ensure good productivity.
Step 2: Choose Processor
The processor is a crucial component of any computing device, including Chromebooks. It’s true that the higher the frequency or processing speed, the faster the calculations. However, performance isn’t only determined by frequency. You should also make sure that the processor has more cores, the more cores you have the faster performance you get. The processor should have at least 1MB of cache to ensure proper performance. Cache is very fast small storage that is integrated with the processor.
Step 3: Choose RAM
RAM is fast, non-permanent storage, which is placed between the processor and main storage (eMMC storage in most Chromebooks). Before running a program, the necessary files are transferred from the eMMC storage to the RAM for immediate processing by the processor. If you have too little RAM, your Chromebook will run more slowly, the more program you open. The most demanding program you will run is probably 3D Android games that may require gigabytes of free RAM space. If you plan to do a lot of gaming with native Android games, you should have at least 4GB of RAM. Low-end Chromebooks have 2GB of RAM, which is enough for light tasks, like browsing, watching YouTube and using social media.
Step 4: Choose storage
Many Chromebooks are equipped with eMMC storage, with low-end models starting at 16GB. Be aware that, some of the eMMC space will be occupied with Chrome OS and built-in apps. So get at least, 64GB or 128GB of space if you plan to store files or install more than a few apps. If your budget allows only for models with smaller storage, make sure that it has a built-in microSD card slot. MicroSD cards are getting more affordable and they are ideal for storing files, like pictures and videos. However, it is recommended to install apps only in your internal storage. Another affordable storage solution is the cloud and some providers may agree to provide with you with a few gigabytes of free cloud storage. Some ultra-light Chromebook models have only 16GB of internal storage, so you will need to rely much on cloud storage. For as little as $2/month, you may get 100 GB of cloud storage.
Step 5: Choose an Internet connection
All Chromebooks have Wi-Fi connection and make sure that it’s fast enough. To ensure connectivity, you may also choose Chromebooks with a built-in slot for cellular SIM card. An Internet data plan from the carrier could be more expensive, but you can still check emails and do other tasks, outside WI-Fi network coverage.
Step 6: Choose battery
The battery is a big issue among many Chromebook users, especially if they are travelling a lot. Decent battery life should be more than seven hours and considered good if you can get nine hours or more.