Hi friends! There are questions we get ever since we shared our review of the Acer C720P Chromebook a few months ago…how do we like it? What do we use it for? What is the difference between the Chromebook and a regular laptop? The Chromebook is a great laptop alternative and has been a great addition to our home! But I think it’s a really great idea to do your homework and weigh your options based on your home computing needs before buying any electronic. So today we’re going to share our thoughts and how we use the Chromebook in our home – a Chromebook versus Laptop comparison.
There are MANY benefits to the Chromebook. We outlined them in great detail in our Acer C720P Chromebook Review back in June. But here are a few items that have been notable for us when comparing to a laptop. First, the battery life is phenomenal. I’ll give it a full charge and the little guy will last so long that sometimes I forget I even need to charge it. That’s really convenient if you don’t want to be attached to a wall all the time. Second, the Chromebook is much smaller and lighter than a regular laptop. This makes it more convenient for trips or travel. I’ve taken it to conferences, to meet ups – any place I’d like to get online and can benefit from a full screen. It’s so compact I can toss it in my purse and go.
The Chromebook is also great for kids. Obviously watch where they go, but I love to bring up PBS Kids and other great sites for educational activities. The touch screen in this case (that you don’t find on all laptops) is also a great benefit! The kids are able to use and navigate it with ease and again the size is great. I use the Chromebook for writing, for notes, for email, for social media – basically most anything I would do on the web on a regular laptop.
Sound like it can do it all? Well, close. There are some notable differences in the Chromebook versus Laptop matchup. The main one for me being document and photo editing. In terms of documentation, the Chromebook does not have the Microsoft Office suite, so if you need a machine that can handle that software, that is something to consider. That being said, there are MANY things that I do just as easily on Google Documents these days that have taken the place of the Office products, so if you can get away with Google Docs you might be just fine with the Chromebook. But there’s just no getting around photo editing. Now as a blogger this is important to me, so we do have another laptop in the house where I do that type of work.
All in all – there are MANY things that we use our Chromebook for! It’s great for use on the web – think kids homework research, writing papers on Google Docs, educational activities, meeting notes, social media, blogging, OH and even gaming! If you’re not producing complex documents or photography, you have to consider the Chromebook as a viable option compared to a conventional laptop. Interested in learning more? They are SUPER affordable and you can find the best deals on Amazon! Check out Amazon Pricing here!
Let me know if you check them out and if you have any other questions – I’d love to hear if you pick one up!
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