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What is a Chromebook laptop?

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A Chromebook is Google's contribution to the laptop market. It runs on Google's Chrome operating system and has very limited offline capabilities. The computers are meant to be used with Google Drive and other cloud-based applications.

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Chromebooks are typically significantly cheaper than Windows-based laptops and Macbooks, in large part because they come with less-powerful, low-voltage components. In addition to working with Google Drive and the Chrome Internet browser, they are optimized for other Google apps, including Gmail and Google Calendar. Those who already use these apps should find the Chromebook simple to operate.

Despite lacking programs such as Microsoft Office, Chromebooks have the capability of producing text documents, spreadsheets and other documents with Google Drive. It is also possible to import Microsoft Word and other Office documents into Drive in order to work on them with a Chromebook. Those who like to play games on their laptops are able to access classics such as Angry Birds through the Chrome Web store. However, the Chromebook's graphics processing power is limited, making some games out of its reach.

Detractors of the Chromebook say it is of little use with an Internet connection. However, fans of the machine say most computers aren't of much use when they aren't online.

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